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Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Want Closer Military Ties With Israel

May 17, 2016 - 3:15pm
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Deutch

The two congressional representatives from Florida who lead the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee brought a resolution backing a longterm Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military assistance between the U.S. and Israeli governments. 

Rubio, Nelson Have Obama's Back on Zika Funds

May 17, 2016 - 3:15pm
Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson

With more than 110 cases of Zika already reported in the Sunshine State, Florida’s two senators have teamed up to fund President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to fight that virus, almost twice the amount Congress is willing to provide. 

Ken Sukhia Wins Conservative Straw Poll in CD 2

May 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Ken Sukhia

Congressional hopeful Ken Sukhia beat out his Republican primary rivals in a straw poll held at the end of last week by conservative group Florida Family Policy Council.

The straw poll was held after a debate in Tallahassee on Thursday. Sukhia, who served as U.S. attorney in North Florida under President George H.W. Bush, took 42 percent of the vote with Tallahassee attorney Mary Thomas in second with 28 percent. Dr. Neal Dunn and businessman Jeff Moran are also running in the Republican primary. 

Florida Congressional Races Look Competitive After Redistricting, Retirements

May 17, 2016 - 6:00am
Dan Webster, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carlos Curbelo and Corrine Brown

The Florida congressional district is set to radically change after the November elections. Between redistricting, some unexpected retirements and four representatives running for the U.S. Senate, almost half of the Sunshine State’s 27 congressional seats are in play in the primaries or the general election. With that many seats up for grabs, Florida can expect some differences in how it's represented starting in 2017.

DeSantis Brings Out Bill to Crack Down on Child Predators

May 12, 2016 - 1:15pm
Ron DeSantis

Running for the Republican nomination to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate, Congressman Ron DeSantis brought out a bill to Thursday to crack down on child predators. 

House Passes Gus Bilirakis' VA, DOD Opiate Medicine Reform

May 12, 2016 - 1:00pm
Gus Bilirakis

Gus Bilirakis, the Florida Republican congressman who is the vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, scored a win this week as the House passed his bill reforming the  Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) use of opioid medicines.

Scott Moves Up Governor Approval Rankings

May 12, 2016 - 8:00am
Rick Scott

Rick Scott gets solid marks in a new poll after another survey released this week found him upside down. 

Morning Consult released its Governor Approval Rankings and it showed the Florida governor moving up in the polls with 49 percent of Florida voters approving of him and 41 percent disapproving of him. Back in November, a Morning Consult poll had Scott upside down with 47 percent of those surveyed disapproving of him while 44 percent approved of him. 

Zika, Puerto Rico's Debt on Rubio's Agenda

May 11, 2016 - 1:30pm
Marco Rubio

In his final months in the Senate, Marco Rubio is urging Congress to back President Barack Obama’s call for almost $2 billion to battle Zika.

Florida Backs Medical Marijuana, Divided on Recreational Legalization

May 11, 2016 - 9:00am

Two years after Amendment 2 went down to defeat, Florida voters say they support medical marijuana as another proposed state constitutional amendment on it looms on the November ballot. 

Murphy Does Better Against GOP Than Grayson

May 11, 2016 - 8:45am
Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson

With six months to go, Florida voters are unsure of who they want to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate, a new poll shows. 
 
Quinnipiac University released a poll on Tuesday which shows a large segment of voters--more than 20 percent--remain undecided in the Senate race. Many voters are in the dark on the major contenders in the Senate race.

“The Florida U.S. Senate race is wide open with none of the seven candidates particularly well-known to voters,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. 

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