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Weekly Roundup: Out of the Shadows

October 28, 2016 - 10:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

At times, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have fought each other in the presidential race, the battle between incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy has seemed like a quiet undercard.

It hasn't helped that national Democrats have been withdrawing their advertising support for Murphy to funnel money to Senate races in other states that seem more promising. Or that Florida plays just as important a role in the race for the White House as it does in the jockeying for control of the Senate --- if not more so.

Perry, Smith Battle for Senate Seat

October 24, 2016 - 9:45pm
Keith Perry and Rod Smith

Fracking, a dispute about a campaign sign and an attempted political comeback have heated up the battle for a North Florida Senate seat in a key swing district.

The outcome of the race between state Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, and former state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Alachua, could help Democrats in their effort to chip away at the Republican Party's majority in the Senate. Meanwhile, Republicans hope to hold onto the seat as part of their legislative dominance across much of North Florida.

Marco Rubio: Aspirations Now Focus on Re-election Bid

October 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio

It wasn't hard, at a recent Republican fundraising dinner in Tampa, to listen to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and imagine that you were still hearing a presidential candidate. His themes were decidedly national, focusing on the stakes of the election and the urgency of doing something soon about the country's future.

Weekly Roundup: Beginning to Look Familiar

October 21, 2016 - 11:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

A major figure in the Clinton White House visited Florida this week as part of a bid for the presidency. The two political parties fought over election rules in court. And there was talk of a rigged election.

Welcome back to 2000.

GOP Leaders Tout Trump over Clinton amid Furor

October 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

With their presidential nominee under a cloud of sexual-assault allegations, Florida Republican leaders gathered Saturday at one end of the critical I-4 corridor for their fundraising "Victory Dinner" before a final push toward the November elections.

But those who came to the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel banked on one message to help real-estate mogul Donald Trump win in November after the disclosure of vulgar comments about women and a wave of allegations that he repeatedly groped or kissed women against their will: The alternative is worse.

Republicans Hold Dinner Amid Furor Over Trump

October 15, 2016 - 9:30pm
Donald Trump

With their presidential nominee under a cloud of sexual-assault allegations, Florida Republican leaders gathered Saturday at one end of the critical I-4 corridor for their fundraising "Victory Dinner" before a final push toward the November elections.

Weekly Roundup: Florida's Luck Runs Out

October 7, 2016 - 10:30pm

For years now, politicians, property insurers and other Floridians had openly expressed their relief that the state hadn't been hit by a hurricane in roughly a decade.

No one's relieved anymore.

Backroom Briefing: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Still Tops in Florida

October 6, 2016 - 9:00pm

A hurricane might be spinning off the coast of Florida this week, but in the long run , state residents are most concerned about the economy and jobs, according to an annual survey released by the University of South Florida.

Weekly Roundup: Open for Business

September 30, 2016 - 10:00pm
Reggie Fullwood and Rick Scott

Whenever a party becomes as dominant as the Republican Party has been in Tallahassee over the past two decades, divisions emerge. But there is one thing that largely unites the Florida GOP: friendliness (critics would say slavish devotion) to business interests.

There were signs of that this week, after state regulators said workers' compensation insurance rates for businesses should jump by 14.5 percent. It didn't take long for some Republicans to start calling for legislation in next year's session that might ease the strain.

Weekly Roundup: The Times, They Are A-Changing

September 24, 2016 - 6:00am

As fall settles over Tallahassee --- at least in terms of the season, not the weather --- state government is also going through some changes.

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