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Vern Buchanan Wants Federal Funds to Help Manatee County Battle Heroin

July 25, 2016 - 3:15pm
Vern Buchanan

Noting that there have been more drug-related deaths in Manatee County than in any other county in the Sunshine State, on Monday, Congressman Vern Buchanan urged the federal government to provide more assistance. 

Buchanan sent a letter to HHS Sec. Sylvia Burwell and National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli asking for federal assistance under the new Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) which President Barack Obama signed into law last week. 

Darcy Richardson Seeks the Reform Party's Presidential Nomination

July 25, 2016 - 9:45am
Darcy Richardson

Darcy Richardson is hoping to win the Reform Party’s presidential nomination later this week.

Richardson, who lives in Jacksonville,is a familiar name to many activists and political junkies across the nation. Besides serving as the campaign manager for former U.S. Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s, D-Minn.,  independent presidential campaign in 1988, Richardson is an expert on third-party politics, having written a multivolume history on them and he also writes in various media outlets. 

Hillary Clinton Picks Tim Kaine for Running Mate

July 22, 2016 - 8:00pm
Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

With Democrats ready to hold their national convention in Philadelphia next week, presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton turned to Tim Kaine to be her running mate. 

Andrew Gillum Ready to Hit the National Stage at Democratic Convention

July 25, 2016 - 6:00am
Andrew Gillum

While Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will play a major role at the convention in her role as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), attention will also be on Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum who will be speaking in Philadelphia.

What Do You Think? Did Ted Cruz Just Shoot Himself in the Foot?

Obama, Gabby Giffords Rally Democrats for Patrick Murphy

July 20, 2016 - 1:00pm
Barack Obama, Patrick Murphy and Gabby Giffords

President Barack Obama doubled down on his support of Congressman Patrick Murphy’s Senate bid, showcasing his backing in a new TV ad. 

Tom Cotton Raises Profile at GOP Convention, Wades Into Florida Politics

July 20, 2016 - 9:30am
Tom Cotton

One thing’s pretty clear at the Republican convention in Cleveland: Tom Cotton is waiting in the wings for the future and Florida is on his mind. 

The senator from Arkansas, a Harvard law grad who enlisted in the Army and served in Iraq, has been making the rounds, meeting delegates from states that hold early presidential nomination contests including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. This has led to buzz that Cotton intends to run for president in the near future. 

From GOP Convention to Endorsing Francis Rooney, Ben Carson Stays Active in Florida

July 19, 2016 - 9:30am
Ben Carson

Former presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson is looking to stay politically active in Florida, the state he moved to after retiring from his celebrated medical career. 

Carson spoke to the Florida delegation at a breakfast event on Tuesday at the Republican convention in Cleveland. The event was hosted by state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam who is expected to run for governor in 2018. 

What Do You Think? Did Melania 'Borrow' from Michelle?

July 19, 2016 - 9:00am

Melania Trump’s highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night appears to have included a nearly identical paragraph from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s wife was describing how her parents instilled in her values about working hard and treating people with respect.

It included phrases and even precise words that were identical to the first lady's 2008 address. 
Here is the graph in question from Melania Trump's speech:

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carlos Curbelo Back CORAL Act

July 18, 2016 - 6:45pm
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo

Two South Florida Republicans are leading the charge on Capitol Hill to reauthorize the “Coral Reef Conservation Act" originally passed in 2000.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen brought out the “Conserving Our Reefs And Livelihoods (CORAL) Act" last week with fellow South Florida Republican Carlos Curbelo  as well as Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen from American Samoa and Pedro Pierluisi from Puerto Rico as co-sponsors. 

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