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New NE Florida lawmakers receive committee assignments

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Fresh off easy general election victories in special elections to fill vacancies left in the wake of former state Sen. John Thrasher‘s move from the Legislature to the helm of Florida State University, three newly minted legislators representing the northeastern corner of Florida received their committee assignments this week. State Sen. Travis Hutson of Elkton, who replaced Thrasher in District 6, will sit on the following committee panels: Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice, Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, Commerce and Tourism,…

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Republicans sweep NE Florida House, Senate special elections

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Rep. Travis Hutson prevailed big time in his bid to jump up to the Legislature’s upper chamber today, defeating Democratic nominee Adam Cox by a margin 69.7 to 30.3 with all precincts reporting. Hutson will become senator-elect in District 6 tonight at midnight. Down the ballot, the battle to replace Hutson — who in turn is resigning from the House to take former state Sen. John Thrasher‘s old seat — in House District 24 was won by Paul Renner, who thrashed Democrat Adam Morley, garnering 67 percent of…

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John Thrasher-induced limbo to be resolved in Northeast Florida special elections Tuesday

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The long tail of legislative seat-hopping put into motion when former Sen. John Thrasher decided to resign to become Florida State University’s new president will come to an end Tuesday. Special elections are slated to be held in Senate District 6 — Thrasher’s old seat — as well as House Districts 24 and 17, which Reps. Travis Hutson and “Doc” Renuart were enticed to leave in order to pursue Thrasher’s spot in the upper chamber, respectively. Though somewhat more votes are expected to be cast…

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Travis Hutson, Paul Renner pad campaign accounts in advance of special elections

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As the special election in House District 24 approaches on Tuesday, Paul Renner finishes the campaign with a substantial fundraising lead. The Palm Coast Republican added $56,210 from March 1 through April 2, according to the state Division of Elections. Renner raised $294,340 overall, spending $261,748. HD 24 covers Flagler County and sections of St. Johns and Volusia counties. In the same period, Renner’s Democratic opponent, Adam Morley of St. Augustine, raised $1,506, for an overall total of $4,559. Both…

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Early voting in NE Florida special elections starts today

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The long tail of John Thrasher‘s decision to leave the Senate to assume the presidency of Florida State University will finally come to an end two weeks from now, when special elections to fill the legislative vacancies left in his wake are held on April 7. Early voting in three statehouse special elections begins Saturday March 28 and ends Saturday, April 4 before elections take place the following Tuesday. Voters will take to the polls in Senate District 6, Thrasher’s…

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Previewing the 2015 legislative session with Rep.-to-be Paul Renner

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Paul Renner came within two votes of winning an election last year for the seat that Jay Fant holds. And he is still one election away — a special election on April 7 — from formally being elected to the House. He very likely will win that election, so we have reached out to him and gotten answers to questions regarding his opinions on issues relevant to the pending legislative session. Our questions are in bold; his answers are directly below. In one…

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