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Four Tampa Bay area Republicans undecided as health care bill vote nears

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When Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Bill off the floor of the House for a vote in March, it saved some Republicans from having to actually declare whether or not they supported the controversial legislation which would replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, round two is taking place this week and Tampa Bay area Republican congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Daniel Webster remain undecided. In a newsletter sent to constituents on Monday, Webster, who previously represented constituents in the Orlando-area before redistricting compelled him to run in the…

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Daniel Webster goes up with third ad in his race for CD 11 seat

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Daniel Webster, the GOP Representative from the Orlando area who is now running this summer for the GOP nomination in the 11th Congressional District, is up on the air with his televised commercial of the campaign season. The ad features what Webster says is Washington’s excessive spending ways. “I am committed to opposing legislation that irresponsibly spends taxpayer money,” Webster says. “I’ve cosponsored a balanced budget amendment and opposed budgets that violate our spending caps. My commitment is to do everything I can to bring…

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Hmmm … David Jolly raising money for challenger to incumbent Republican Dan Webster

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As the year of the outsider – think Donald Trump – political partisanship could very well be a casualty of the 2016 election cycle. Take Congressman David Jolly, for example. On Tuesday, the Pinellas County Republican is listed as the special guest for a “friend-raising” luncheon event for Justin Grabelle, who faces longtime U.S. Rep. Dan Webster in the race for Florida’s 11th Congressional District. Grabelle had served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Rich Nugent, whose seat he is…

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Justin Grabelle puts his first TV ad up in CD 11 race

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Justin Grabelle is going up with his first television ad in his campaign to win Florida’s 11th Congressional District. The 34-year-old former chief-of-staff to outgoing CD 11 incumbent Rich Nugent is in an extremely competitive Republican primary campaign against Daniel Webster.  Webster currently represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District, but opted to run in CD 11 once redistricting made his chances of re-election virtually nil this fall. CD 11 includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties. In the ad, called “It’s Personal,” Grabelle references his personal…

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Daniel Webster goes up with first TV ad in his battle to win CD 11

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Daniel Webster, the three-term Republican U.S. Representative from Central Florida now running in Congressional District 11, is going on the air with his first television ad of the election cycle. The ad, called, “Getting Things Done,” highlights Webster’s battle to fix the nation’s capital, and he says, return power back to the people. “Want to know why Washington is broken?” Webster asks in the ad, which begins with a shot of him driving a slightly beat-up pickup truck. “Because they’re blinded…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.8.16 – Common Cause Florida calls for Pam Bondi to come clean

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There are now calls for an independent investigation into Pam Bondi’s decision not to investigate consumer complaints against Trump University, the for-profit education company created by Donald Trump that ran a real estate training program from 2005 until at least 2010 – and not just from Democrats. “Attorney General Pam Bondi owes Floridians a full accounting of her office’s investigation of fraud allegations against Trump University and her acceptance of a $25,000 campaign contribution from a Trump-backed charity,” said Liza McClenaghan,…

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An angry Rich Nugent says new Dan Webster mailer falsely indicates his support

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Spring Hill-based Congressman Rich Nugent is fighting mad about a Daniel Webster campaign mailer that uses his likeness without his support or consent. “It’s been brought to my attention that Dan Webster used my likeness in a campaign mailer to imply my support for his candidacy here and I don’t appreciate it,” Nugent said in a statement issued out by the Justin Grabelle campaign. Grabelle and Webster are involved in an intense Republican primary to succeed Nugent, who announced last year he would not run for…

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