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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

Carlos Lopez-Cantera sweeps Polk REC straw poll

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The Polk County Republican Executive Committee loves the lieutenant governor in the U.S. Senate race. Late Monday the Polk REC announced Carlos Lopez-Cantera won its straw poll in a landslide, winning 74 percent of the votes cast. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach finished second with 15 percent, U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Seminole got 3 percent and Orlando businessman Todd Wilcox got 1 percent in the first county straw poll of the 2016 Senate primary campaign. “Polk…

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Patrick Murphy reaps $1.46 million during 4th quarter

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate hauled in $1.46 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, the campaign said Tuesday. The total raises Murphy’s cash-on-hand balance to $4.3 million, according to the campaign. That’s only a modest increase from the $3.5 million that the Jupiter Democrat reported in the bank at the end of the third quarter, but his quarterly spending has ramped up as he has filled out much of his campaign staff…

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Alan Grayson ad with congressional footage appears again, this time in debate

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A campaign commercial for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson played again Sunday night even though it had previously raised questions about closely skirting congressional ethics rules, an allegation the campaign denies. The ad ran in most Florida NBC markets during the second hour of the Democratic Presidential Debate Sunday night. It uses a few seconds of footage of Grayson in his official role as a member of Congress, testifying in a committee. Congressional rules forbid tapes of House committee proceedings from…

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Libertarian Augustus Invictus promises to publish ‘LSD journals’

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Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus — the Orlando lawyer who admitted sacrificing a pig and drinking its blood as part of a Pagan ritual — is now promising to release two years of “LSD journals.” Invictus posted a tweet on Twitter Monday stating, “I am pleased to announce that I will be publishing two years’ worth of LSD journals on 31 January 2016.” He also included a picture of two pages of handwriting that includes the declaration, “F- you America. This is your…

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Donald Trump draws bevy of Pensacola-area endorsements before rally

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump‘s rally in Pensacola not only is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees tonight, it brought him six endorsements of area activists including the brother of Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough, his campaign announced Wednesday. The rally’s warm-up speakers represent endorsements from the likes of businessman George Scarborough; the Rev. Carl Gallups; 2nd Amendment activist Clover Lawson; and veterans Terry Busbee Sr., Gary O’Neal and Capt. Allen Brady, in addition to Kathryn ‘Kat’ Gates-Skipper the first female…

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Alan Grayson aims to flood TPP deal with public comments

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson announced he would deliver nearly 6,000 public comments Wednesday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, more than tripling the number of public comments the Office of the United States Trade Representative has received. The office will review the comments on the proposed trade deal’s potential effect on U.S. employment, including labor markets. Today is the deadline for such comments to be filed. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat, is running for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat and his Senate campaign released news…

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For thousands of gay couples in Florida, marriage became legal one year ago

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The Shaks’ first-year wedding anniversary today started they way most do, with flowers and anniversary cards, and the couple is planning to end it tonight with a romantic evening. Until recently, few saw that as possible, at least not this soon — for them or thousands of other couples who got married in Florida last year. Carrie and Malene Shak of Celebration were among the first same-sex couples to be wed in Florida when that became legal one year ago.…

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