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National Republicans hire new Florida state director

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Ahead of the 2018 midterms, the Republican National Committee has brought on a new political director for Florida. Andrew Brey, who previously served on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio‘s presidential campaign, has been in the post since July. Brey has also worked for the Republican Party of Florida as field director in support of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry‘s campaign and was part of Gov. Rick Scott‘s re-election team. After Rubio ended his presidential bid, Brey became political director for Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron…

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Fuel becomes key as Floridians flee Irma

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Florida is scrambling to keep up with high demand for gas from people fleeing and preparing for the weekend arrival of powerful and deadly Hurricane Irma.

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Jacksonville’s Lenny Curry helps raises $25K for Rick Baker’s campaign

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As the former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Lenny Curry knows a thing or two about the importance of raising money for quality GOP candidates. And as the popular, powerful mayor of Jacksonville, he also knows what it’s like to be a successful big-city leader. Considering these two factors, it should come as no surprise that Curry is taking an interest in St. Petersburg’s mayoral race, where a prominent Republican, Rick Baker, is looking to win his old job…

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Florida leaders react to the bombing at a concert in Manchester

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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead and sparked a stampede of young concertgoers. The attack was the deadliest in Britain since four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on subway trains and a bus in July 2005. Here is a compilation of reaction from Florida’s elected officials and leaders about the tragedy: — Sen. Marco Rubio on Twitter: “Our prayers are with the…

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Rick Scott slow walks Senate bid, CFO questions

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Two major political questions in Florida right now are predicated on the eventual decision of Gov. Rick Scott. But he’s in no rush to provide answers. One such decision: will he, as is widely expected, challenge Sen. Bill Nelson next year. Nelson, already in campaign mode, is telling reporters he’s “scared as a jackrabbit” to run against Scott. “In regard to the Senate race, I haven’t made a decision. I don’t think people like long races,” Scott told us regarding…

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Mike Pence talks ‘disastrous’ Obamacare in Jacksonville

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Saturday saw United States Vice-President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Rick Scott talking about what Pence called “the Obamacare nightmare” with small business owners in Jacksonville. Scott, who closed out the news week reprising a familiar call to allow the states to administer Medicaid via block grants, has worked closely with President Donald Trump and his administration on possible alternatives to the Affordable Care Act. While the GOP line is “repeal and replace Obamacare,” finding bill language that offers comfort to moderate Republicans in the Senate and…

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Joe Gruters says he’s a long shot for CFO position, but appreciates the consideration

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Sarasota GOP Chair and state Rep. Joe Gruters said he is a “long-shot” to be Gov. Rick Scott‘s choice to succeed Jeff Atwater as Chief Financial Officer once Atwater leaves the office in May. On Wednesday afternoon, Gruters appeared on Tampa Bay area radio station News Talk 820 WWBA with guest host David Jolly, who formerly represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District.Gruters had shown loyalty to Scott and President Jolly said Gruters had shown loyalty to Scott and President Donald Trump when he backed both candidates when they were considered outliers within…

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