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Obama Signs Vern Buchanan's Public Housing Fraud Reform

August 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
Vern Buchanan

At the end of last week, President Barack Obama signed into law a proposal reforming public housing which contained an amendment from a Florida congressman to ensure more screening is done for public housing applicants. 

Scott to CDC: Activate Emergency Response Team after Zika Transmissions

August 1, 2016 - 2:15pm

Gov. Rick Scott announced today that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has identified 10 additional people in Florida with the Zika virus who likely contracted it through a mosquito bite. 

This brings the total number of people with locally transmitted Zika to 14. DOH believes that active transmissions of the Zika virus are still only occurring in the one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown, that was announced on Friday (see map below).

Mark Bircher Plays Up Support for Trump to Catch David Jolly

August 1, 2016 - 6:00am
David Jolly, Donald Trump and Mark Bircher

Trying to catch Congressman David Jolly in the Republican primary at the end of this month, retired Marines General Mark Bircher has a simple plan: bash Jolly for not backing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

Rubio Draws Fire Over Zika from the Left and Right

July 30, 2016 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio

With the  Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing there are four confirmed cases of mosquitos infecting people with the virus in Florida, Zika is becoming something of an issue in the U.S. Senate race. 

A month until the Republican primary, Sen. Marco Rubio called for more federal action to combat Zika. 

What Do You Think? Which Convention Touched You More?

July 29, 2016 - 6:00am

If you watched both conventions, you may be suffering from ideological and tonal whiplash. 

As the Washington Post describes it, one common feature of both conventions: organizational missteps and unscheduled dissent. 

Marco Rubio Takes Aim at Democrats in First TV Spot

July 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
Marco Rubio

A month until the primary, Marco Rubio released a new TV ad on Thursday, ignoring his Republican challenger to take aim at the Democrats. 

Ted Deutch to Speak at Democratic Convention Despite Opposing Obama on Iran

July 28, 2016 - 10:00am
Ted Deutch

Congressman Ted Deutch is starting to become more of a player on the national stage. 

What Do You Think? Did Donald Trump Just Commit Treason?

July 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email.

"Russia, if you're listening I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press," Trump said during a news conference in Florida.

Shortly after his press conference event ended, Trump repeated his call on Twitter.

Liberty First Network Grades Florida Legislators

July 27, 2016 - 9:15am
Debbie Mayfield and Jeff Brandes

On Tuesday, the Liberty First Network released its grades on how Florida legislators voted in 2015 and 2016. 

“The biggest disappointments over the last two sessions include the failure to pass pro-gun bills and repealing red light cameras,” noted Alex Snitker of the Liberty First Network. “The fight also continues to eliminate Common Core from our education system. The good news is that we are making headway in those battles.

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. 

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