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Is David Rivera 'One and Done?'

October 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

Republican David Rivera may live in a swirling black hole of legal problems and corruption allegations, but political analysts who know him and his South Florida district are raising a yellow flag: Don't count the freshman congressman out.

Rivera, 48, considered the incumbent in the newly redrawn CD 26, is up against party-line Democrat Joe Garcia -- a candidate he beat handily in 2010.

But less than four weeks from the general election, Rivera -- a former state representative -- is losing his bid for re-election.

Adam Hasner and Lois Frankel in a Dead Heat at 47 Percent

October 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Congressional District 22 -- rock-ribbed conservative Adam Hasner vs. outspoken liberal Lois Frankel -- has something many districts do not: more than a quarter of its voters are up for grabs. They don't belong to any party.

Yet, a Sunshine State News Poll of 750 likely voters in the district shows that only 6 percent of the undecideds remain that way.

Conducted by Voter Survey Service (VSS) of Harrisburg, Pa. on Oct. 14-16, the poll puts Republican Hasner and Democrat Frankel dead even at 47 percent.

Sunshine State News to Release Poll Results on Pair of Red-Hot CD Races

October 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

In conjunction with Voter Survey Service (VSS) of Harrisburg, Pa., Sunshine State News will release survey results and analyses in two of Florida's most fiercely contested congressional races on Thursday and Friday

VSS, a division of Susquehana Polling and Research Inc., is the same firm that in 2010 conducted some of the most accurate polls taken of races in the Florida primary and general election.

Don Gaetz's Preferred Presidential Style: 'I Like How Ken Pruitt Did It'

October 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

For the nearly two years Ken Pruitt was president of the Florida Senate, when most of the press labored to ignore his statesmanship, Don Gaetz was paying close attention. He admired the Port St. Lucie Republican's leadership style and said so Tuesday.

In fact, he said he wants to be president the Ken Pruitt way when he takes over officially next month.

"Ken Pruitt is one of my heroes," Gaetz told members of the Tallahassee press corps during an informal luncheon in the Capitol.

Deception in District 42: Democrat Mailer Passes Off Disgraced Mike Horner as Michael LaRosa

October 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

There's dirty and then there's blatantly dishonest.

Republicans involved in the District 42 House race between Republican Michael LaRosa and Democrat Eileen Game say the Democratic Party of Florida is deliberately attempting to trick voters into believing they're voting for Rep. Mike Horner, the candidate who resigned on Sept. 24 and is no longer in the race.

Democrats, Don't Go Counting Your Chickens in 2014 Just Yet

October 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

Woe is the Democrat who thinks Rick Scott is chopped liver in 2014.

Check With the Supremes: Judiciary Doesn't Have to be Politically Independent

October 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

As it happens, this judicial independence business is all baloney. It plain doesn't exist.

John McCain to Tallahassee Veterans: Help America Elect Mitt Romney

October 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain -- always popular among fellow veterans -- turned up in Tallahassee at a packed American Legion Post Wednesday, campaigning for Mitt Romney.

Winning Florida is vital for Romney, said McCain. The Republican U.S. senator from Arizona challenged the veterans in the room to spend a half hour a day over the next month calling people and working to support Romneys campaign.

Merit Retention Exposes Warts on the Face of Florida's Legal System

October 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

So you want to shake a finger at the Republicans for politicizing merit retention? You think they're the ones who render the judiciary less independent?

Ask Justices and the Florida Bar: What Happened to Competence?

September 30, 2012 - 6:00pm

In November when I vote not to retain the three justices on the ballot, it will have nothing to do with a handful of Florida rulings that run contrary to my politics. It will have everything in the world to do with competence.

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