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Jim Norman raises $100,000 for commission race in 2 months

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When Jim Norman began making the media rounds in late August to lay the groundwork for his political comeback, his advocates saying the formerly disgraced Hillsborough County commissioner would be stronger than ever going into the 2016 District 6 countywide race, predicting he had $100,000 in contributions already in the bank by the time he declared his candidacy Sept. 1. That wasn’t exactly the case when fundraising totals for the month of September were released in October, but it wasn’t…

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Rick Scott adds $425,350 to PAC in October

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Gov. Rick Scott, who may or may not be running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson three years from now, continues to add hundreds of thousands of dollars to his political action committee, Let’s Get Back to Work. Last month, $425,350 flowed into the PAC. The biggest contributors were U.S. Sugar Corp., which gave $100,000 on Halloween, the final day in October to donate money. Also kicking in $100,000 is Consulate Health Care, a Tampa-based nursing home company. All told, Scott…

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Bloomberg group to air ads targeted Pam Bondi for challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is financing his super PAC about $10 million in television ads targeting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and three other attorneys general for their opposition to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. “Despite the overwhelming evidence of the clean power plants progress and the lives we’ve saved, the 4 attorney generals in Florida, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin are now directly interfering with the public interests in their state,” said Howard Wolfson, a senior…

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Idaho’s Jim Risch becomes the 3rd GOP Senator in three days to back Marco Rubio for president

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U.S. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho became the third Republican senator this week to endorse Marco Rubio on Wednesday. Risch says he’s been impressed with Rubio’s communication skills and understanding of serious issues while working together in the Senate. His endorsement comes a day after Rubio received a similar voice of approval from Montana Senator Steve Daines. On Monday, Colorado’s Cory Gardner became the first of Rubio’s colleagues to back him in his quest for the GOP presidential nomination. The 72-year-old…

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Marco Rubio on the rise in latest Monmouth University poll of NH voters

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While Donald Trump continues to lead in New Hampshire in a Monmouth University poll released Monday, Marco Rubio is nipping at Ben Carson for second place in the new survey. Trump is at 24 percent and Carson is at 16 percent in the poll, but Rubio comes in next with 13 percent, followed closely by John Kasich at 11 percent. Other contenders include Ted Cruz (9 percent), Jeb Bush (7 percent), Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie at 5 percent and Rand Paul at 3 percent. None of the other six candidates included in the poll registers higher than 1 percent. That’s not…

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Vowing that he’ll turn “Washington upside down,” Jeb Bush begins comeback in Tampa

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Political pundits from coast to coast declared Jeb Bush‘s presidential campaign all but dead Wednesday night after his desultory performance in the third GOP debate, from Boulder, Colorado. The Economist wrote that,”(I)t is hard to see him coming back into contention now.” “It was do or die. And Bush died,” wrote Slate’s Jamelle Boulle. Bush obviously believes reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated, but it’s not one to say his campaign is struggling. Although they may have already been scheduled, having three events…

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In court filing, state highway department approves of Uber’s insurance carrier

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The Uber ride-sharing service has faced sharp questioning from authorities about its insurance policies for its drivers in the year and a half it has been operating in Florida. However, there may finally be an answer. This past year, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation decided that Uber’s $1 million commercial insurance policy with James River Insurance of Richmond, Va., met Florida requirements. That didn’t end the controversy or confusion, though. The question of whether Uber’s coverage, plus drivers’ personal…

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