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Ted Yoho: Cut Off Military Aid to Saudi Arabia

April 27, 2016 - 1:45pm
Rand Paul, Ted Yoho and Chris Murphy

Bob Graham isn’t the only politician from the Sunshine State putting pressure on Saudi Arabia as Republican Ted Yoho is pushing on Capitol Hall to cut funds to that nation when it comes to high tech weapons.  

Florida Delegation to Tackle Heroin Crisis

April 26, 2016 - 6:45pm
Vern Buchanan and Alcee Hastings

The two chairs of the Florida congressional delegation--Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democratic U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings--announced on Tuesday they will hold a meeting later this week on the heroin crisis plaguing the Sunshine State. 

House Passes Curbelo's, Murphy's Foreign Spill Protection Act

April 26, 2016 - 6:15pm
Carlos Curbelo and Patrick Murphy

On Tuesday, the U.S. House passed a proposal from two Florida  ensuring  taxpayers aren’t stuck with the bill when foreign oil spills move into American waters.

Bipartisan Flood Insurance Bill Comes to House Vote Tuesday

April 25, 2016 - 1:00pm
Dennis Ross and Patrick Murphy

The House is expected to vote on a proposal Tuesday sponsored by a pair of Floridians that would end the federal government’s monopoly on flood insurance by expanding private insurance options. 

Retiree Healthcare Subsidies for Florida Public Employees Costing $7.5 Billion

April 20, 2016 - 4:45pm

Most of Florida's cities and counties are making great strides to curtail government retiree healthcare subsidies, but a LeRoy Collins Institute study released Wednesday shows the Sunshine State still has approximately $7.5 billion in unfunded liabilities associated with retiree healthcare benefits.

Todd Wilcox Routs the Field in RLC Straw Poll

April 11, 2016 - 12:45pm
Todd Wilcox

Businessman and Army veteran Todd Wilcox won a straw poll on Sunday as he continues his bid for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in the Senate. 

The Republican Liberty Caucus of East Central Florida hosted two of the Republicans running for the U.S. Senate this past weekend as Wilcox and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., came to the Space Coast and took part in the forum. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera recorded a minute and a half statement from Israel. 

Gov. Scott Signs 20 More Bills into Law

April 6, 2016 - 1:45pm


Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday a mixed bag of 20 bills, from a pilot program to locate special needs persons to a bill protecting Florida's shellfish beds. 

Also among these bills is SB 716, establishing a Holocaust memorial at the Capitol. The state Department of Management Services will build the memorial after it gets recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission. 

Republican Candidates Headed to RLC Forum, Straw Poll in Viera

April 4, 2016 - 1:30pm
Ron DeSantis, Bill Posey and Todd Wilcox

Republican candidates will be converging on the Space Coast on Sunday to face the voters in a forum hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida (RLCCEF) with Sunshine State News playing a major role. 

RLCCEF Chairman Bob White announced over the weekend that two Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls--U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and businessman and Army veteran Todd Wilcox--will attend the forum in Viera. There will also be a straw poll for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and for state legislative races. 

Florida Chamber Announces Its 2016 Best Legislators for Business

March 31, 2016 - 7:00pm
Florida Chamber of Commerce Building

Fourteen of the Legislature's 160 members earned the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Advocate award for efforts they put in during the session just ended to champion  pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.

The chamber announces its list annually as a kind of "Legislative Report Card" based on how well they did making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation, and putting that above special-interest attempts to protect the status quo.

SSN's 'What Candidates Have at Stake in Florida' Series Starts Wednesday

March 8, 2016 - 10:45am

Florida, the largest swing state on the electoral map, will be on center stage next week as Democrats and Republicans vote in the presidential primaries. 

In the coming days, Sunshine State News will present “What Candidates Have at Stake in Florida,” a look at what the remaining candidates have on the line in next Tuesday’s primary. 

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