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The age of the political brats

BY: - November 2, 2018

I’m almost old enough to remember when Republicans acted like grown folks. Republicans were the party of fiscal responsibility, the party of moral probity, the party of Dads. They used to be into stuff like civil rights, science, and, OK, golf–golf is encoded in white men at the cellular level. Still, Republicans prided themselves on […]

Congresswoman Kathy Castor

Lowering pharmaceutical prices: U.S. Rep. Castor says Democrats will propose allowing Medicare program to negotiate drug prices if they take back the House

BY: - November 1, 2018

Hillsborough County-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor says that President Trump’s recently announced proposal to reduce pharmaceutical drug prices by linking the price Medicare pays to an international pricing index is a worthy idea, but she has absolutely no faith he’ll follow through on it. “Just like he pronounced early on that ‘I”m going to […]

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Rick Scott still fighting to have a say on who next justices are on Florida Supreme Court

BY: - November 1, 2018

A new development has popped up in the fight over whether outgoing Gov. Rick Scott – or whoever is elected as the state’s next governor – will get to pick three new justices for the Florida Supreme Court. It’s a decision that could have ramifications for decades. The three retiring justices are considered more liberal. […]

A proposed change to federal immigration rule could cost Florida hundreds of millions

BY: - November 1, 2018

How rich do you have to be to immigrate to the U.S. and be able to stay? How about to Florida? These are the questions the nonprofit policy analysis group Florida Policy Institute is asking the Department of Homeland Security after the agency proposed a change to a federal immigration rule that could alter how […]

How do U.S. Senate candidates Rick Scott & Bill Nelson stand on immigration and foreign policy?

BY: - November 1, 2018

President Trump’s announcement this week that he may issue an executive order to end America’s guarantee of birthright citizenship prompted members of the Florida press corps to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott his reaction. The U.S. Constitution now allows the children of undocumented immigrants to become citizens if they are born in the U.S., but […]

Congressman Alcee Hastings

Florida Democratic congressional members blast Trump comments about Andrew Gillum as “fabricated and unacceptable.”

BY: - October 31, 2018

Hours before President Trump was scheduled to speak outside a Fort Myers rally for Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott Wednesday, a group of Florida Democratic members of Congress blasted the president, specifically for his tweet labeling gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum as “a thief.” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “In Florida there is a choice between a […]

Gillum and Nelson

Gillum and Nelson leading in new poll

BY: - October 31, 2018

Andrew Gillum leads Ron DeSantis by six points in the very latest poll on Florida’s governor’s race released on Wednesday, 50 to 44 percent. That comes from an Ipsos poll of 1,069 likely voters, conducted between October 17-25 on behalf of Thomson Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics. It has a margin […]

Florida Phoenix

A big, fat national spotlight is glaring on next week’s Florida election

BY: - October 31, 2018

Everywhere you look in the national media right now, Florida’s election is front and center. The Washington Post writes that “Florida’s Senate race was Rick Scott’s to lose, but he is haunted by his environmental record: Two deadly algae blooms have upended Florida tourism and may have repercussions at the polls.” NBC News reports “Red,blue […]

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Caldwell vs. Fried: Should Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner expand the state’s marijuana industry?

BY: - October 31, 2018

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has long been the department that oversees an agricultural industry belonging to an Old Florida – oysters and citrus, beef and dairy. But this year’s race might change that. An outspoken medical marijuana advocate, Democratic candidate Nicole “Nikki” Fried, wants to introduce industrial hemp to the Sunshine […]

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Conservationists blast Rick Scott for “political pandering at its worst” at Everglades campaign stop

BY: - October 30, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott tried to get some environmental cred Tuesday during an Everglades campaign stop in his race to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, but it backfired when the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club blasted Scott for holding what the group called “a self-serving, restricted attendance media event just one week before Election […]

Former Gov.Bob Martinez in Tallahassee today

Advice for Florida’s next governor – Whoever that is

BY: - October 30, 2018

Florida has not had a politically divided state government in more than three decades, but that’s what would likely be the case if Democrat Andrew Gillum wins the governor’s race next week and inherits a Republican-led Legislature. “It’s clearly a challenge,” acknowledged former Governor Bob Martinez on Tuesday. Martinez would know. He was a Republican […]

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Florida Election Protection announces hotline in advance of next week’s vote

BY: - October 30, 2018

With just a week before Election Day, voting rights advocates who want to ensure a fair process for Floridians who go to the polls have unveiled a telephone hotline to address any problems at the voting booth. The Election Protection Coalition, said to be the country’s largest nonpartisan voter protection group, unveiled its hotline number […]