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Trump’s Florida Fundraiser Flourishes as New Washington Lobbyist

Brian Ballard, the Florida fundraiser often sought out by Republican presidential candidates, was best known in Tallahassee until election night 2016. When the state was called for Trump, Ballard’s cellphone lit up with clients looking for a guide into the new administration.

Disclosures now show just how lucrative those services can be: by the end of 2017, Ballard Partners LP had racked up $9.8 million in federal lobbying fees, the most of any new K Street arrival in the two decades such records have been available.

Trump’s surprising victory and Ballard’s relationship with him proved pivotal as clients looked for someone who knew the outsider in the White House. Ballard first met Trump in the 1980s and had represented the real estate developer in Florida since 2013...

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Puerto Rican evacuees advocate for affordable housing in Orange County

Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees urged Orange County officials to help them find affordable housing.

Thousands of evacuees who were forced to flee the island for Central Florida received FEMA funding to pay to stay in hotels in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

But some don’t know where they will live once the funding runs out on March 20.

“The owner of the hotel we’re staying in is checking them out. They have nowhere to go,” said a translator for evacuee Genette Marrero.

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A group of these evacuees along with others struggling to find housing pleaded to Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the rest of the Orange County Commission on Tuesday to support two pieces of legislation that would protect the Sadowski Affordable Trust Fund.

The evacuees said the fund, which focus...

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SECOND CUP: Meet the HeARTists Valentine Social at Jubilee Sunshine

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) – This Saturday is a chance to buy a Valentine’s Day gift and meet the artist that made it.

We’re talking about "Meet the He’ARTists Valentine Social" at Jubilee Sunshine in Tallahassee’s Midtown.

Shaun Simmons with United Cultural Brands and Marie Girvin, a local artist joined Malcolm Hornsby on Second Cup to talk about the event.

It’s taking place Saturday, Feb. 10th at Jubilee Sunshine Gift Shop located at 1351 Thomasville Road, in Tallahassee from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More than 20 artists are being featured.

Food and refreshments are available.

There’s raffles for Valentine gift baskets and the entire store is 15% off.

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Tallahassee ignoring the people’s problems | Editorial

Before beginning his final State of the State Address on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott said the event was “a little different than the first one.”

Indeed. Seven years ago, Scott was the outsider who won despite early hostility from the state’s Republican establishment. Today, Scott is like so many others in Tallahassee: focused on higher office and aligning his words and proposals to a potential campaign, not the state’s immediate needs.

On Tuesday, Scott talked much more about the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, than he talked about the opioid crisis in Florida. If Scott runs for the U.S. Senate this year as expected, he wants to look tougher on the left-wing government of Nicolas Maduro than incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

Scott wants to ban state agencies from doing business with Ve...

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