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With Congress Back, Buchanan Will Tackle Red Tide, Robocalls and Background Checks

September 11, 2019 - 6:00am
Vern Buchanan

With Congress back in session this week, one of the more prominent members of the Florida delegation weighed in on Tuesday as what he hopes to accomplish as he returns to Washington. 

Gaetz Champions 'Super Pollutants Act' to Cut Down on Greenhouse Gases

September 10, 2019 - 7:00am
Matt Gaetz

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, is championing a proposal to cut down on greenhouse gases. 

Spano's 'No Pensions for Pedophiles Act' Has a Chance, Now with Steve Scalise's Support

September 9, 2019 - 8:00am
Steve Scalise

A Florida congressman’s proposal to ensure convicted child molesters lose their federal pensions is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill as a top GOP leader announced his support for it.  

Back in July, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., brought out the “No Pensions for Pedophiles Act.” The bill would amend the Hiss Act to ensure federal contributions to pensions would be denied to individuals who are convicted of federal crimes connected to child molestation.

Enterprise Florida Looks to Expand Economic Ties With Colombia

September 7, 2019 - 8:00am
Manny Mencia

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is looking to expand economic ties between Florida and Colombia. 

EFI, a public-private partnership, defines itself as the “principal economic development organization for Florida” and its mission is “to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation.”

On Friday, EFI announced it will lead a delegation of Florida businesses, including small businesses, to Bogota in November. 

Ted Yoho on Hong Kong Protests: 'Freedom Will Not Be Compromised'

September 9, 2019 - 8:00am
Ted Yoho

The Florida congressman who leads Republicans on the U.S. House Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee cheered protesters who took to the streets of Hong Kong in recent weeks against the communist regime’s policies. 

The protests, which started over a proposed extradition policy that could lead activists in Hong Kong to be deported to mainland China, have resulted in the shutdown of the Hong Kong airport. After months of protests, Hong Kong’s leadership announced on Wednesday it would not pursue the proposed policy. 

Michael Hepburn, Who Had AOC's Support Last Election, Back for a Rematch With Donna Shalala

September 6, 2019 - 6:00am
Michael Hepburn and Donna Shalala

Educator Michael Hepburn is gearing up for a rematch with U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., taking her on in the Democratic primary in an important South Florida congressional race. 

Hepburn ran in the crowded Democratic primary for the open seat last year but was left in the dust by Shalala who went on to flip the seat from the GOP in November. But Hepburn had reeled in the support of New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who was fresh off her upset of then-U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley, D-NY, in the primary. 

Marco Rubio: Hong Kong Crisis Shows China Regime's 'True Nature'

September 5, 2019 - 8:00am

This week, even as protests continue in Hong Kong, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the chairman of the  Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, doubled down on his proposed “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.”

The protests, which started over a proposed extradition policy that could lead activists in Hong Kong to be deported to mainland China, have resulted in the shutdown of the Hong Kong airport. After months of protests, Hong Kong’s leadership announced on Wednesday it would not pursue the proposed policy. 

Marco Rubio Backs White House's Latest Blow to Hezbollah

September 3, 2019 - 7:00am
A disciplined Hezbollah militia

Last week, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Marco Rubio, R-Fla., cheered the Trump administration’s latest efforts against Hezbollah. 

South Florida Dems: Give Sales Tax Exemption on Home Improvement Items to Seniors, Disabled

August 30, 2019 - 7:00am

Two South Florida Democrats proposed a bill this week to exempt the sales tax for home improvement purchases for seniors and the disabled. 

State Sen. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, and state Rep. Joe Casello, D-Boynton Beach, teamed up to propose a bill would exempt bed transfer handles, bed rails, grab bars and shower seats from sales tax. 

The two sponsors insisted their bill would help seniors and the disabled remain independent and living in their own homes. The South Florida Democrats have championed the proposal before. 

Ben Carson: HUD Sending Almost $5 Million to Palm Beach County to Help Homeless Youth

August 30, 2019 - 7:00am
Ben Carson

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Thursday it is sending almost $5 million to Palm Beach County to help end youth homelessness in South Florida. 

HUD is sending  $4,932,359 to Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, part of $75 million being sent around the nation through its Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP).

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