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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. 

Ted Yoho Brings Out Federal Employee Accountability Act

July 18, 2016 - 9:45am
Ted Yoho

Calling out the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not dismissing underperforming employees, Florida Republican Ted Yoho brought out the “Federal Employee Accountability Act (FEAA)” on Friday. 

Blake Burman From Fox Business Network Looks Ahead to GOP Convention

July 18, 2016 - 6:00am
Blake Burman

Blake Burman joined the FOX Business Network (FBN) as a Washington correspondent in April 2015. But even before that, Burman was well known in Florida for his work at WBBH in Fort Myers and WSVN in Miami where he covered politics.

What Do You Think? Do You Predict Fireworks at the GOP Convention?

July 16, 2016 - 6:00am

Donald Trump received a major victory Thursday as delegates overwhelmingly opposed last-ditch efforts to derail his nomination.

In the wonky Rules Committee meeting in Cleveland ahead of the Republican National Convention next week, a whip team assembled by the Trump campaign worked closely with officials at the Republican National Convention to defeat anti-Trump delegates' efforts.

The RNC and Trump whip teams erupted into applause behind a sectioned-off portion of the cavernous hall when the committee adjourned, according to NBC News.

Clinton Ahead of Trump in Florida, Two Polls Show

July 15, 2016 - 8:45am
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

While Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday showing Donald Trump ahead in Florida, two new polls find Hillary Clinton ahead in the Sunshine State. 

A Marist poll taken for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal released on Friday has Clinton ahead in Florida. Clinton takes 44 percent while Trump garners 37 percent. 

Florida Republicans to Take Center Stage in Cleveland

July 15, 2016 - 6:00am
Pam Bondi and Rick Scott

Next week’s Republican convention in Cleveland will have a Florida flavor as the GOP gets ready to nominate Donald Trump for president. 

Obama Upside Down in Florida, Other Officials in Better Shape

July 14, 2016 - 9:00am
Rick Scott, Barack Obama and Bill Nelson

President Barack Obama is underwater in Florida, a state he carried twice, a new poll shows but officials holding statewide officer are in better shape. 

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Thursday morning showing a majority of those surveyed--53 percent--disapprove of Obama while 44 percent approve of him. Obama creates a partisan divide with 89 percent of Democrats approving of him and 91 percent of Republicans disapproving of him. A majority of voters outside the major parties--56 percent--disapprove of Obama while 40 percent approve of him. 

Rubio Easily Besting Murphy, Grayson

July 14, 2016 - 8:00am
Alan Grayson, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

A new poll is showing Marco Rubio routing two Democratic congressmen as the GOP looks to hold onto a Senate seat in Florida. 

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Thursday morning showing Rubio ahead of Patrick Murphy 50 percent to 37 percent. Rubio also leads Alan Grayson 50 percent to 38 percent.

Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, noted that Rubio deciding to run for a second term at the last minute, despite promising not to run again, hasn't hurt him. 

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