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Senate Republicans begin targeting Bill Nelson in new digital ad campaign

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Bill Nelson isn’t running for re-election for another year, but it’s never too early to start the campaign against him. That’s what the National Republican Senate Committee is doing this week, unveiling a new digital ad campaign to inform Florida voters of what they call Nelson’s “liberal record” in Washington, comparing his Senate voting record to Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren. “Bill Nelson has positioned himself squarely on the left, voting with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 92 percent of the time,” said NRSC…

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Personnel note: Connie Mack’s lobby shop hires William Cardon as staff assistant

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Mack Strategies, the lobbying shop led by former Congressman Connie Mack, has brought on William Cardon as a staff assistant. Frist reported by POLITICO, Cardon previously worked for the Hudson Institute, a conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. At the Hudson Institute, Cardon performed research with the Center for American Seapower and Center for Political-Military Analysis. Before that, he had interned for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat. Mack, a Republican, served Florida’s 14th Congressional District from…

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Marlene O’Toole outpaces fundraising, but Dennis Baxley loans $100K to keep lead in SD 12

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Lady Lake Republican Rep. Marlene O’Toole was able to bring in more contributions than Rep. Dennis Baxley last month, but the Ocala Republican threw in $100,000 of his own money to further increase his lead in the Senate District 12 race. O’Toole, who filed for the seat March 2, brought in $11,150 in her first month and spent nothing, leaving her with a five-figure campaign account at month’s end. Nearly all of her contributions came from subsidiaries of Central Florida…

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Is Mike Haridopolos eyeing return to Florida Senate?

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Former state Sen. Mike Haridopolos is considering a possible return to the Florida Senate, according to two current members of the chamber’s leadership team who have discussed a possible campaign with him. The Merritt Island Republican is eyeing Senate District 17, currently held by Thad Altman, a Rockledge Republican who is term-limited. But that seat is also being sought by GOP state Reps. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach and Ritch Workman of Melbourne. No matter: The lawmakers who have met with Haridopolos say he is actively working to elbow Workman…

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Nancy Watkins will not run for the Tampa HD 60 seat

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Nancy Watkins, the South Tampa CPA who has served as campaign treasurer for hundreds of local and national Republicans, will not run for the Florida House District 60 seat being vacated this fall by Dana Young. Watkins, who has never run for public office before, had been rumored to be seriously considering running for the seat, which encompasses South Tampa, northwest Hillsborough County, and a slice of South Hillsborough. “I am truly grateful for the incredible amount of encouragement I’ve received…

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Byron Donalds files to run in House District 80

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Collier County businessmann Byron Donalds has filed to run for a Southwest Florida House seat, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The District 80 seat eyed by Donalds is set to be vacated by House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Hudson, who faces term limits in 2016. Hudson in turn is running for the Senate seat of term-limited state Sen. Garrett Richter of Naples. District 80 was competitive before 2011 redistricting, when Hudson first took office by defeating Democrat Maria Jimenez by a margin of…

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Connie Mack pens op-ed for Washington Post opposing AZ immigration law

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U.S. Rep. Connie Mack has an op-ed in today’s Washington Post arguing that conservatives should oppose Arizona’s new immigration restrictions. “The latest issue freedom-loving conservatives should be concerned about is the Arizona immigration law,” wrote Mack. “This law clearly challenges citizens’ freedoms, and it does so by putting some Americans at risk of losing their freedoms while others stand little or no chance of being affected.” Mack argued that while illegal immigration is a problem that the federal government has failed to address, the law goes…

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