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Obama in Orlando: ‘They are our families’

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[Pool report on the visit of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to Orlando, to offer comfort and support to families, employees, first responders and others from the Pulse nightclub massacre, filed by Orlando Sentinel reporter Steven Lemongello]: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were at Amway Center for two hours meeting with family members of victims and survivors, which was closed to media. The White House said in a statement that afterward, they met with…

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President Obama and Vice President Biden endorse Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced their endorsement of Congressman Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate Wednesday, Murphy’s campaign announced. The endorsements bring the biggest possible names into the hotly-contested race for the Democratic nomination for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat between Murphy, of Jupiter, and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson or Orlando. And it comes one day after a poll finds that, despite all the controversies Grayson has found himself in recently, fanned by Murphy’s campaign, Grayson continues to lead.…

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Senate urges federal term limits, condemns Israel boycotts

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The Florida Senate is sending two messages to Congress: Set term limits for senators and representatives, and condemn efforts to boycott Israel. The chamber passed both resolutions this week. The first asks Congress to support a constitutional amendment to set term limits for its members. It doesn’t suggest what limits should be imposed. The second resolution condemns the boycott, divestment and sanction movement against Israel. It says growing efforts to boycott the country are anti-Semitic and seek to eliminate the Jewish…

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NFL adds two political pros to PR, lobbying teams

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After a series of public relations setbacks over the past two years, the National Football League (NFL) has hired two veteran Washington PR professionals on Tuesday to help stanch the bleeding. Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart joins the league as Executive Vice-President of Communications. Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs Cynthia Hogan received a promotion to Executive Vice-President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Despite the NFL’s popularity among fans and advertisers, Lockhart joins the NFL at a time…

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Jim Rosica’s Top 10 stories of 2015 in state government

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From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into the new year. Scott originally announced Bailey’s…

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Poll: Americans trust Donald Trump most to fight War on Christmas; GOP down on Festivus

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Americans are becoming less and less concerned about the “War on Christmas,” a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds. In 2012, PPP found 47 percent of voters nationally believed that such a thing existed to only 40 percent who didn’t. Now just 37 percent of voters believe in the War on Christmas to 42 percent who say it doesn’t exist. There’s the predictable party divide with Republicans believing 56/26 that there is a war and Democrats believing 26/55 that…

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If not Jeb Bush, then Chris Christie, not Marco Rubio

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As Jeb Bush’s campaign struggles to stay above the margin of error in national polls of the presidential race, this Jeb supporter is looking for a new candidate to give his exclamation mark. I just finished reading Eli Stokols and Marc Caputo dispiriting report about Bush’s campaign and how many staffers and top level donors – even those still committed to the former Florida governor – recognize the campaign is in a death spiral. “Jeb just isn’t very talented at this. And the problem is that Jeb…

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