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Governor Rick Scott Holds Ceremonial Bill Signing at Bit-Wizards

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL (PRWEB) APRIL 09, 2018 Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the Bit-Wizards corporate office on April 5th, 2018 to hold the ceremonial signing of Florida HB 29 and HB 75. Sponsored by Florida District 4 House Representative Mel Ponder working alongside Senator Doug Broxson and Senator George Gainer these bills will help […]

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Bill to cut college tuition fees for military clears Legislature

The Senate last week unanimously passed a House bill to help cut fees tacked on to college tuition for students who are active duty service members. HB 75, sponsored by Destin Republican Rep. Mel Ponder, would give Florida College System institutions, formerly known as community colleges, the option of waiving all or part of their […]

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Local lawmakers look ahead, look back

As the year winds to a close, the Daily News asked local legislators to identify their greatest legislative achievements for Northwest Florida in 2017 and their top priority for 2018. We also asked for their thoughts on medical marijuana, an issue that continues to divide Floridians. Greatest Achievements Mel Ponder, R-Destin: Without question it was […]

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Mel Ponder Dominates First HD 4 Straw Poll

The race to succeed Matt Gaetz in HD 4 saw its first straw poll Wednesday on Okaloosa Island. And Destin Mayor Mel Ponder ran away with it. In a five person race, Ponder took almost 50 percent of the 78 votes cast. Ponder’s 35 votes almost doubled that of Jonathan Tallman, one of three political […]

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Ponder wins Island straw poll

OKALOOSA ISLAND — Iowa has its caucus and Okaloosa Island has its straw poll. Following a forum featuring five Republican candidates for the state House District 4 seat left behind by Matt Gaetz, a straw poll was conducted to, in theory, determine which candidate most impressed those who attended. With 78 votes cast, Destin Mayor […]

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