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Citrus industry looks for aid after Irma

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A long wait may be ahead for broad federal relief for Florida’s beleaguered citrus industry, “decimated” last week by a lethal hurricane that crossed the peninsula at the start of the growing season, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

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The Delegation for 8.16.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Even the latest tragedy cannot bring Americans closer together The schism between Americans grew a bit wider over the weekend. A white supremacist fueled by hate tried to kill a group supporting the removal of Confederate statues. Sadly, he managed to end the life of one victim. In an act that should unite our elected officials and all fair-minded Americans, it actually took us further apart. President Trump condemned the action Saturday, but when he talked about acts of violence “from many…

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Brian Mast campaign says it raised more than $700K in Q2

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Rep. Brian Mast will report raising more than $700,000 in the second quarter of 2017, his campaign announced. The Mast campaign said Thursday it raised $733,964 between April 1 and June 30. That three-month fundraising haul brings his total raised to more than $1.12 million this cycle, according to the campaign.

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Americans for Prosperity launches ad calling on Congress to scrap border adjustment tax

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A new ad from Americans for Prosperity is calling on Congress to ax the border adjustment tax provision included in House leadership tax reform proposals. The organization launched the national, six-figure ad buy Monday. The ad 30-second spots are expected to air on cable news, and encourage the public to call on their lawmakers to scrap the provision. “Imposing a massive 20-percent import tax is the wrong approach. A border adjustment tax would harm hard working families that deserve relief…

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Poll: Most disapprove of Donald Trump, except on economy

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Most Americans disapprove of Donald Trump‘s overall performance two months into his presidency. But they’re more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of Trump’s overall performance, and about the same percentage say the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It was conducted amid the collapse of the GOP’s health care overhaul. But the…

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Florida’s Congressional Dems blast GOP health care plan after budget report

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As expected, the scoring of the Republican health care plan in Congress affirmed many of Democrats’ biggest warnings. And, as expected, many of Florida’s delegation wasted no time Monday attacking the “American Health Care Act” as “wrong,” “inhumane,” “alarming,” and “ruthless and cruel.” No word yet from any of Florida’s 17 Republican members of Congress on how they feel about the Congressional Budget Office legislative analysis of the bill Republicans introduced last week. Its aim is to replace “Obamacare,” the…

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Federal judges’ lifetime tenure for good reason; Tallahassee should take note

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There is a profound reason why the Founders gave life tenure to federal judges, subject only to impeachment for bad behavior. As Alexander Hamilton explained it in The Federalist No. 78: “In a monarchy, it is an excellent barrier to the despotism of the prince; in a Republic, it is a no less excellent barrier to the encroachments and oppressions of the representative body…” Judges subject to the whims of a president or the Congress to keep their jobs would…

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