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Personnel note: Joe McCann to Pittman Law Group

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Joe McCann, a former House Democratic Office staff director, has joined the Pittman Law Group as Senior Policy Director, the firm announced Wednesday. McCann will work alongside attorney Sean Pittman to direct the firm’s lobbying efforts.

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Janet Cruz shakes up House Dems office, hires Joe McCann

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Incoming House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa has let go two top staffers as she remakes the chamber’s Minority Office. Its staff director, 17-year House veteran Durward Brewer, and communications director Paul Flemming have been released, Cruz said Wednesday. Taking Brewer’s place will be Joe McCann, a lobbyist and former senior VP at the Ballard Partners lobbying firm and a campaign manager for past Attorney General Bob Butterworth. “I appreciate their service but it’s not unusual for a new leader to want to install their own…

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Kendrick Meek’s fellow Florida Dems return Charles Rangel $$$

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee says House Democrats — including Florida’s Ron Klein and Suzanne Kosmas — have returned $378,000 of embattled Congressman Charles Rangel’s campaign contributions. But “despite this outpouring from his Democratic colleagues, for some reason Kendrick Meek continues to hang onto the $5,500 from his ethically-challenged contributor,” the committee shot today. A spokesman for Meek said the $5,000 the Miami Democrat got from Rangel’s political action committee was for his 2008 congressional campaign and he has no…

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Latest polls show Bill McCollum, Charlie Crist cruising

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Republican Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum leads the state’s Chief Financial Officer, Democrat Alex Sink, 38 – 34 percent, among registered voters in the 2010 governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This reverses a 38 – 34 percent Sink lead in a June 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. The key is among independent voters who shift from 32 – 27 percent for McCollum June 9 to 38 – 23 percent today. Gov. Charlie…

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