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Curt Clawson's Retirement Sets Off a Scramble in Southwest Florida

May 24, 2016 - 6:00am
Francis Rooney, Curt Clawson and Chauncey Goss

Curt Clawson’s surprise announcement that he would not run for another term has set off a mad dash to replace him. Clawson did not do anyone any favors in his timing as potential candidates have until June 24 to get in the race. So far, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney have jumped in the Republican primary while Matt Caldwell and Paige Kreegel, who ran twice before, are contemplating entering the field.

Florida Voters Back Medical Marijuana, Transgender Bathroom Law

May 23, 2016 - 12:15pm

Florida voters remain open to supporting a proposed state constitutional amendment on medical marijuana and back the idea of a law for transgender individuals using “bathrooms that correspond to their gender at birth rather than their gender identity,” a new poll shows. 

Rubio, Bush Don't Help Trump in Florida

May 23, 2016 - 12:00pm
Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio

Hillary Clinton has a slight lead over Donald Trump in Florida, a new poll finds--and adding Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush to the ticket won’t help Republicans flip the Sunshine State. 

Florida's Up for Grabs in November

May 23, 2016 - 9:00am
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running close in Florida which looks poised to remain the largest swing state in presidential elections, a new poll shows. 

CBS News released a poll over the weekend showing Clinton at 43 percent and Trump right behind her at 42 percent. When Bernie Sanders replaces Clinton as the Democratic nominee, he ties Trump at 44 percent apiece. 

Sanders Tells the Nation He Wants DWS Out

May 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Bernie Sanders and Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Bernie Sanders is going after Debbie Wasserman Schultz, endorsing her primary opponent and saying he would not keep her in charge of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) if elected president. 

Curt Clawson Leaving Congress

May 20, 2016 - 8:45am
Curt Clawson

On Thursday, Southwest Florida Republican Congressman Curt Clawson stunned the political world as he announced he will not run for reelection to focus on his ailing father. “Since my mother’s passing last year, our family has gone through significant change and transition,” Clawson said. “I believe that now is a good time to pass the baton and spend more time close to home."

Holocaust Survivors Resolution Clears Committee

May 19, 2016 - 1:15pm
Ted Deutch and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

A resolution from two congressional representatives from Florida urging  Germany to “fulfill its moral responsibility to Holocaust survivors and urgently provide the financial resources necessary to ensure that Survivors live in dignity and comfort in their remaining years” cleared a key committee vote this week. 

Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Want Closer Military Ties With Israel

May 17, 2016 - 3:15pm
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch

The two congressional representatives from Florida who lead the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee brought a resolution backing a longterm Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military assistance between the U.S. and Israeli governments. 

Rubio, Nelson Have Obama's Back on Zika Funds

May 17, 2016 - 3:15pm
Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson

With more than 110 cases of Zika already reported in the Sunshine State, Florida’s two senators have teamed up to fund President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to fight that virus, almost twice the amount Congress is willing to provide. 

Ken Sukhia Wins Conservative Straw Poll in CD 2

May 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Ken Sukhia

Congressional hopeful Ken Sukhia beat out his Republican primary rivals in a straw poll held at the end of last week by conservative group Florida Family Policy Council.

The straw poll was held after a debate in Tallahassee on Thursday. Sukhia, who served as U.S. attorney in North Florida under President George H.W. Bush, took 42 percent of the vote with Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas in second with 28 percent. Dr. Neal Dunn and businessman Jeff Moran are also running in the Republican primary. 

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