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Political Bits and Pieces

July 13, 2010 - 6:00pm

Even though the 2010 elections are still being waged, speculation has already begun about which Republicans will look to challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012. The venerable national opinion journal The New Republic ran a piece on energy bills in the Senate and offered an aside building up current U.S. Sen. George LeMieux possibly taking on Nelson. With his recent letter to Nelson on national issues, buzz is building that incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, could also be looking at running for the U.S. Senate come 2012 ...

Tony Hill Kicks Off New Organization to Increase African-American Voter Turnout

July 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


Looking to spur African-American turnout at the polls, Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville, launched a new group called Florida African-American Caribbean Empowerment (FACE) on the steps of the old Capitol on Tuesday.

Dem Candidates in U.S. Senate Race Release New Ads

July 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


With six weeks to go until the primary, the two leading Democrats battling it out for their partys nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by George LeMieux released new commercials to hit Floridas airwaves.

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek launched a new commercial that comes at a crucial time, as he is stuck in third place in the polls -- far behind likely Republican candidate former House Speaker Marco Rubio and independent Gov. Charlie Crist, and fighting for his political life against billionaire Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination.

Battle to Replace Mario-Diaz Balart Heating Up

July 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, won a straw poll and gained an endorsement Monday while Democratic rival Joe Garcia announced his campaign reeled in more than $700,000 in the second quarter of 2010.

Low on Cash, Bill McCollum Battles Rick Scott's Challenge to Campaign Finance Law

July 11, 2010 - 6:00pm


Lagging in the polls and now running short on cash, Attorney General Bill McCollums campaign came out guns a-blazing Monday, attacking health-care executive Rick Scott, its candidate's chief rival for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, for suing the state in an attempt to change campaign finance laws.

Rasmussen Poll Finds Floridians Oppose Obama Suit Against Arizona, Want Like Laws Here

July 11, 2010 - 6:00pm


A new poll reveals Floridians are strongly opposed to President Barack Obamas administration suing Arizona for its measures of cracking down on illegal immigration -- and want a similar law in Florida.

The Rasmussen Reports' poll of 500 likely voters across Florida found that 60 percent opposed the Obama administrations legal challenge to Arizona, while 28 percent backed the lawsuit and 12 percent were undecided.

Rick Scott Infuses Arizona Defense Fund, Challenges Obama on Immigration

July 8, 2010 - 6:00pm


Health care executive Rick Scott, leading in the polls over Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, said that he made a financial contribution to the state of Arizonas legal defense fund to fend off a lawsuit from the federal government over new state immigration laws -- and urged Floridians to do likewise.

Political Bits and Pieces

July 8, 2010 - 6:00pm


The Republican Party of Palm Beach County hosted Lobster Fest on Thursday and a number of high-profile GOP candidates appeared to pitch their campaigns. Health care executive Rick Scott, running against Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, was in attendance. So were U.S. Rep.

Senate Rivals Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek Rip Into Charlie Crist on Special Session

July 7, 2010 - 6:00pm


With Gov. Charlie Crist calling for a special session of the Legislature to advance a proposed constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in state waters, his rivals in the race for the U.S. Senate seat are taking aim at the governor and his response to the oil spill in the Gulf.

Gov. Charlie Crist Calls Special Session to Ban Offshore Drilling

July 7, 2010 - 6:00pm

At a hastily called press conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Crist called for a special session of the Legislature to propose voters decide in November whether to put an offshore oil-drilling ban in the Florida Constitution.

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