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Rick Scott on Irma: ‘We haven’t had a landfall like this since Andrew’

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Rick Scott said Tuesday that all Floridians need to prepare for Hurricane Irma’s arrival by stocking up with three days of water and three days of food. The only trouble with that is, those in the Tampa Bay area (and other regions) are having a hard time finding bottled water.

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Florida’s U.S. senators urge emergency declaration in face of hurricane

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U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson Tuesday called on President Trump to approve Gov. Rick Scott’s request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration for Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma. 

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David Jolly, Patrick Murphy to embark on speaking tour of Florida college campuses

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Former Florida Congressmen David Jolly and Patrick Murphy will tour college campuses this fall, where the onetime U.S. Senate rivals will try to explain why politics in Washington is so screwed up. “Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crises” will feature a town-hall style format moderated by members of the media and academics, with a question-and-answer session to follow.

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Personnel note: Richard Reeves departs GrayRobinson to start own firm

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Richard Reeves, a veteran lobbyist who founded his own firm before joining another that merged with GrayRobinson last year, now is leaving the firm, he told Florida Politics Friday.  “I wanted to be out on my own again,” he said in a phone interview. “The opportunity to work with Dean (Cannon) was tremendous. He’s a great mentor and leader and friend.”

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Gwen Graham calls on Rick Scott to ‘immediately denounce’ Donald Trump’s Charlottesville comments

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Rick Scott is set to sit down to lunch with President Trump this afternoon at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Gwen Graham says there’s no better time for him to do what he has declined to do all week — criticize the president for his remarks last weekend equating white nationalist hate groups with the protesters opposing them in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Jack Latvala says he’ll capture more Trump voters than GOP opponents

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While President Trump is being disparaged this week even by some Republicans following his controversial remarks in which he equated white nationalist hate groups with the protesters opposing them, Jack Latvala showed no qualms about the commander in chief when he said Wednesday that Trump voters in Florida may look more favorably upon his candidacy for governor than his opponents.

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Joe Henderson: We’re heading for a defining showdown in the battle against hatred

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Sometimes you just have to get away, and for the last month or so I tried to do just that. I really did. I went to the U.S. Virgin Islands to watch my oldest son get married, and I highly recommend the island of St. John to anyone considering a Caribbean trip. It’s the place to go if you want to unplug for a while. To be honest, though, the events of last weekend prove that suspicion, hatred and mistrust…

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