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Rubio Urges Deployment of the U.S. Naval Ship Comfort to the Bahamas

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter Sunday to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green urging him to request the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort be repositioned to the Bahamas as soon as possible -- as well as any assets needed from the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group. 

In the letter, Rubio writes, “The USNS Comfort, and its crew of trained medical staff, flight deck and ability to desalinate water, would be ideal in helping the Bahamian people.”

Rubio's palpable sense of urgency is two-fold. 

Florida Carry Sues FDLE Again for More Violations of Gun Background-Check Laws

Florida Carry (FC) filed another class action lawsuit Thursday against the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for its ongoing violations of Florida's firearms background check and preemption laws. 

NSF's 'By the Numbers: July Campaign Cash'

State political candidates faced a Monday night deadline to file reports showing how much campaign money they raised in July. The report below gathering this information is entirely the work of News Service of Florida.

Here are the top 10 legislative fundraisers for the month. These totals reflect money raised for campaign accounts and do not include money raised by political committees affiliated with many legislators:

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It's a Boy! Former Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole, Husband Get 'the Gift We Prayed for'

If you don't troll Facebook regularly, maybe you haven't seen the happy news: Former state Rep. Katie Edwards-Walpole is a mom. The Okeechobee-via-Plantation attorney gave birth Friday to Busby Alan Walpole.
 

No More Human Remains Found near Dozier School

The Florida Department of State (DOS) and the University of South Florida (USF) issued a joint statement Tuesday announcing the USF research team led by Dr. Erin Kimmerle concluded the first phase of its investigation of the 27 anomalies near the Dozier School for Boys and found no evidence of human remains.
 

Buchanan, Health Experts Discuss Long-term Effects of Red Tide

Florida medical specialists and researchers Monday expressed strong support for Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan’s measure to study the long-term impact of red tide on human health.
 

Buchanan: Take El Chapo's Money and Build the Wall

The following piece has been condensed from an oped published Tuesday in the Bradenton Herald:
 

Holocaust-Denying Principal to Be Officially Terminated

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy told The Palm Beach Post Wednesday he will end the employment of Spanish River High School’s ousted principal, after numerous lawmakers and an anti-hate group spent the last two days pressuring him to do so.
 

Miami Beach Apparel Firm Tastes Hindus' Wrath

Upset Hindus are urging Miami Beach-based sports apparel firm Platinum Sun Inc. for immediate withdrawal of a yoga mat carrying an image of Hindu deity Ganesha; calling it highly inappropriate.
 

DeSantis Signs Bill to Mitigate Harmful Effects of Red Tide

Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled to Sarasota Thursday for a ceremonial signing of SB 1552: Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative, a bill that establishes a partnership between the Fish and Wildlife (FWC) Research Institute and Mote Marine Laboratory to develop technologies and approaches to control and mitigate red tide and its impacts.
 

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