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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).

Buchanan Would Expand Federal Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund

August 29, 2019 - 6:00am
Vern Buchanan

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., pushed for a federal fund to teach students about the Holocaust. 

At the start of the year, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, introduced the “Never Again Education Act." The bill would have the U.S. Education Department create the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, expanding middle and high school education on the Holocaust. More than 200 members of the House, including Buchanan, are cosponsoring the proposal.

Gun Control PAC Will Target Rubio and Scott with TV Ads Sooner Rather than Later

August 28, 2019 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Rick Scott

While U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., won’t face voters until 2022 and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., doesn’t have to run for a second term until 2024, a PAC backing more gun control has said it won't wait: It will run TV ads against them in the coming days. 

South Florida Democrats File Holocaust Education Proposal in Tallahassee

August 27, 2019 - 6:00am

Two Democrats from South Florida in the Legislature want to increase the focus on Holocaust education in the Sunshine State. 

On Monday, state Sen. Kevin Rader, D-Boca Raton, and state Rep. Rep. Tina Polsky, D-Boca Ration, brought out the “Holocaust Education Act.” The legislation would have the Florida Department of Education create curriculum standards on teaching the Holocaust and have traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools which accept vouchers follow it. 

The two South Florida Democrats’ offices weighed in on why the bill was needed. 

Florida Congressmen: Make '9-8-8' the National Suicide Hotline Number

August 27, 2019 - 6:00am
John Rutherford, Mike Waltz, Alcee Hastings and Darren Soto

Four congressmen from the Sunshine State are backing a proposal to have easily remembered “9-8-8” as the code for the national suicide hotline.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, brought out the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act.” The bill would designate “9-8-8” as a universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which is run by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.

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