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Miami GOP rainmaker Mike Fernandez endorses Patrick Murphy, gives $100K

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Mike Fernandez is backing Democrat Patrick Murphy in his race against Republican Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate. Fernandez, the Miami billionaire who is one of the nation’s largest GOP funders, announced his support of Murphy to the Miami Herald Friday morning. He told reporters the main reason he’s voting for Murphy is the Jupiter Democrat’s support for lifting the Cuba embargo. As well as voting for Murphy, the Herald also reports Fernandez has given $100,000 to a pro-Murphy super PAC.…

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Marco Rubio rallies the faithful during Naples stop

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Sen. Marco Rubio used a stop in deep-red Collier County to gin up supporters and encourage Floridians to get out and vote. The Miami Republican held a get-out-the vote rally in Naples on Thursday. The campaign stop came just one day after the second and final U.S. Senate debate, and Rubio used the stop to hammer Rep. Patrick Murphy over his limited congressional accomplishments. “I’m running against someone who has been in Congress for four years; he’s not a theory, he’s not…

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Marco Rubio: ‘I don’t have any plan, any intention, any desire to run for office in 2020’

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Marco Rubio sidestepped questions about Donald Trump, saying voters “will have to make their own decisions” about the Republican nominee. “I think every race has to stand on its own; I’ve said that from the beginning,” said Rubio, following a campaign stop in Naples on Thursday. “If he wins, that doesn’t mean I win. If he loses, that doesn’t mean I lose. I think every candidate is going to have to stand on their own merits and their own ideas.”…

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Everglades Trust endorses Bob Buesing in the SD 18 race

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Attorney and Senate District 18 Democratic candidate Bob Buesing boasts on the campaign trail he is a proud signer of the Now Or Neverglades Declaration, so it’s not exactly a surprise he is receiving the endorsement of the Everglades Trust. Buesing was one of 18 candidates running in local, state, and federal races in Florida next month who received the backing of the Trust Thursday, the first time in their 22-year history the group is making endorsements. “After years of inaction from political leaders, we decided it’s Now…

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Marco Rubio campaign reports raising $2.85M

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Sen. Marco Rubio raised nearly $3 million ahead of the election, his campaign announced this week. The campaign announced Thursday that Rubio raised $2.85 million in 19 days. According to the campaign, $1.74 million of that went directly to the campaign, while 1.1 million went to the “Rubio Victory Committee.” According to the most recent campaign finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission, Rubio raised more than $11.1 million through Sept. 30. Reports show he had $5.5 million cash-on-hand…

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Broward ballot battle over Amendment 2 makes Norm Kent a Democratic hero

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Norm Kent — criminal defense attorney in Broward County, publisher of the South Florida Gay News, and past chairman of NORML — may be the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy and Democrats throughout Broward. At noon Thursday, Judge Lisa Phillips will hear Kent’s suit against Broward Supervisor of Elections, and bastion of governmental incompetence, Brenda Snipes, brought on behalf of two registered voters in the county. At issue is the widely reported absence of Amendment…

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Iraq veteran says Marco Rubio insulted Kurdish forces in Senate debate

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While discussing U.S. policy in Syria during the Senate debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy in Davie on Wednesday night, Rubio one-upped his Democratic opponent by chiding him for saying that the Kurdish resistance fighters known as the Peshmerga were fighting in Iraq, not Syria. Now a Democratic Representative and Iraq veteran is calling on Rubio to apologize for “using these brave soldiers as a punchline.” “As a veteran of the war in Iraq, I know exactly what kind of sacrifice the…

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