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Democrats batter Rick Scott over nursing home tragedy

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Democratic candidates for governor are hitting Gov. Rick Scott and others hard in the wake of eight deaths in a South Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning as Hurricane Irma hit the state. But Scott’s office defended the governor’s actions, saying the facility never reported “that conditions had become dangerous.”

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Jack Latvala joins call to save DACA

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala joined the chorus of so far mostly Democrats calling for preservation of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program to let young, undocumented immigrants stay in the United States. Latvala, the state senator from Clearwater, directed his call not at President Donald Trump, who has signaled he will end the President Barack Obama program as early as Tuesday, but at Congress and the Republican Party.

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Online is the next battleground in governor’s race

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Shortly after a “Liberal Jack Latvala“ website launched, an anti-Adam Putnam/Richard Corcoran Twitter account has started tweeting criticism of the declared and presumptive GOP candidates for governor. The “Conservative Watch” account, which goes by the handle @CWNewsUpdates, was created in June, billing itself as “your source for the latest news and commentary on politics and business by conservative leaders and writers.”

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Despite ‘questions,’ grand jury clears Andrew Gillum in email controversy

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A Leon County grand jury cleared Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum after an investigation into his use of a city-funded email program used to send private and political messages. But its report, released Tuesday, also found the “governmentally leased software was used for personal and political purposes outside the scope of legitimate communication with constituents.” Grand jurors were further “disturb(ed)” that “expenditures by the City of Tallahassee’s elected officials are completely unchecked by internal audit or…

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Steny Hoyer endorses Gwen Graham

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Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham now has snagged the endorsement of the U.S. House of Representatives’ second-highest ranking figure. Graham’s campaign Tuesday announced House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer‘s endorsement. Graham, of Tallahassee, was Florida’s 2nd Congressional District’s congresswoman in 2015-17.

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Gwen Graham now taking on Adam Putnam over drilling

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Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham is now making offshore drilling an issue in the race, calling out Republican candidate Adam Putnam for not opposing President Donald Trump‘s efforts “to expand drilling off Florida’s beaches.” “Representing the Gulf Coast in Congress, I saw the long-lasting negative effects the BP oil spill had on our state’s economy,” she said in a statement. Graham represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District in 2015–17.

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Gwen Graham to Adam Putnam: ‘Defend’ Florida oranges

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Steel and citrus brought us to this: “Gwen Graham is calling on Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to defend Florida orange juice if President Donald Trump triggers a trade war with our European allies,” Graham’s campaign said in a Friday email. Um, what? Here’s what happened: “News broke this morning that the European Union is considering banning imports of American orange juice if Trump moves forward with plans to start a steel trade war.” (Not mentioned by the Graham camp: That same story…

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