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Cabinet Unanimously Backs E-Verify to Stop State From Hiring Illegal Aliens

July 28, 2010 - 6:00pm

With immigration emerging as one of the chief issues in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination -- and trying to catch up with front-runner Rick Scott -- Attorney General Bill McCollum sponsored a motion at Thursdays Cabinet meeting for state offices to use E-Verify to ensure that no illegal aliens are hired.

RPOF Chairman Thrasher Takes Aim at Meek, Grayson for Missing Military Funding Vote

July 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

The U.S. House passed a measure Tuesday by a 308-114 vote, continuing the funding of American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mike Haridopolos Puts Health Care on Center Stage

July 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

Having written a letter on national issues to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson earlier in the month, incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, announced Wednesday that he will conduct a tour of hospitals and health-care facilities across the state, addressing health-related issues, including Medicaid.

AIF Makes Double-Barrel Endorsement: Scott, McCollum

July 27, 2010 - 6:00pm

The PAC for 100,000-member Associated Industries of Florida handed Rick Scott his most prestigious recognition yet on Wednesday, endorsing both the health-care executive and his opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum, in the Republican primary for governor.

Dem AG Candidates Joust Over Debates

July 26, 2010 - 6:00pm

With less than a month until the primary election Aug. 24, Greenacres' Sen. Dave Aronberg shot down the idea of holding 11 debates with Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach, his rival for the Democratic attorney general nomination.

Political Bits and Pieces

July 26, 2010 - 6:00pm

The campaign trail took a number of prominent politicians to South Florida on Tuesday. U.S. Senate candidates Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek spoke to the Florida Sheriff's Association 2010 Annual Summer Conference in Fort Lauderdale. So did Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Rick Scott. Meek later spoke to the United Democratic Club of Century Village in West Palm Beach

SD 10: Smooth Sailing for Incumbent Ronda Storms

July 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

Representing parts of Hillsborough, Paco and Polk counties, conservative Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, has represented this district since first being elected in 2006. Storms has raised almost $205,000 and has spent about $76,000. With no Democrat or minor-party candidate on the ballot, Storms faces Victoria Brake who is running as a write-in candidate come November.

SD 8: John Thrasher Facing Challenges on Two Fronts

July 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

This district represents the heart of the First Coast, stretching from parts of Nassau County to parts of Duval, St. Johns and Flagler counties before ending in Volusia County. In what appears to be shaping up into one of the more intense Senate races in the Sunshine State this year, Republican Party of Florida chairman Sen.

SD 6: Interesting Dem Primary gives Bill Montford the Edge

July 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

With Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, ending his years of service in the Legislature to challenge U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, this seat representing all of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty and Wakulla counties and parts of Bay, Jefferson, Leon and Madison counties has an interesting contest for the Democratic nomination.

SD 4: Handily, Four More Years for Don Gaetz

July 25, 2010 - 6:00pm

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, represents parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties in Northwest Florida. Gaetz, who has been in the Senate since 2006, will represent that area for four more yearsbecause he faces no opposition for a second term.

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