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Ben Albritton rolls out Charlotte County endorsements for SD 26 bid

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Republican Rep. Ben Albritton announced endorsements from several Charlotte County officials for his campaign to take over for Senate District 26 Republican Denise Grimsley, who is running for Ag Commissioner in 2018. Among the endorsements was a nod from Florida House colleague Mike Grant, and former Rep. Ken Roberson, whose time in the Legislature overlapped with Albritton’s for three 2-year terms.

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Scott Arceneaux: The Eddie Mush of Florida politics

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“Eddie Mush was a degenerate gambler. He was the world’s biggest loser. He was “Mush” because everything he touched turned to mush.” Now that Andrew Gillum has fired his campaign manager and finance director, a good question is who is steering his gubernatorial campaign?

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Publicist set up Donald Trump Jr., lawyer meeting

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The Latest on the probes into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A music publicist says he set up a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump’s eldest son on behalf of a client in Moscow named Emin Agalarov. In a statement to The Associated Press Monday, Rob Goldstone says the lawyer said she had information about purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee that she thought Donald Trump Jr.…

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Analysis: Donald Trump remains unpredictable force among U.S. allies

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On President Donald Trump’s second trip abroad, there were fewer of the bull-in-a-diplomatic-china-shop moments that had solidified European leaders’ skepticism during his maiden overseas tour. Less public berating of allies, no pushing to the front of photo opportunities. But Trump still departed Europe on Saturday in the same position as he started: an unpredictable force on the world stage and an outlier among longtime American partners. For the president’s backers, his posture is the fulfillment of his campaign promise to…

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Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to hold re-election fundraiser in Sarasota July 23

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Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine visits Florida this month for a fundraiser in support his 2018 re-election bid. Kaine will hold a cocktail reception beginning 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at The Francis, a special event venue in downtown Sarasota. Tickets for the cocktail reception start at a suggested contribution of $250, going up to $5,400 for a spot as event chair. The former Democratic National Committee chair was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016 on a ticket that won…

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Florida will hand over some voting information to commission

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The administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it would hand over some voter information being sought by President Donald Trump‘s commission investigating allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 election. But Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by the Republican governor, wrote a letter to the vice chair of the commission saying that the state will only hand over information that is already considered a public record. This would include the names of voters, as…

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Rick Kriseman bashes Donald Trump (once again) over Mika Brzezinski tweet

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Rick Kriseman is taking to social media once again to express displeasure with Donald Trump. The St. Petersburg Mayor wrote a short statement on his Facebook page Friday morning, blasting the President for his egregious tweet from Thursday where he took a shot at MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. “As a husband & as a father to a wonderful daughter & as a mayor to a diverse community & a City Hall filled with talented woman & also as…

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