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Brian Mast fudges promise to return sugar money, blasts opponent who calls him on it

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Brian Mast is one of the 12 candidates seeking Florida’s 18th Congressional District, currently held by Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is now running for U.S. Senate. The retired Army sergeant is one of only two candidates who had accepted money from the sugar industry. The other is Republican Rick Roth, an actual sugar farmer. According to campaign finance records, sugar industry interests raised approximately $100,000 for Mast’s campaign and victory committee by way of two exclusive private fundraisers. The Fanjul family —…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Medical Association, Florida Retail Federation, SEIU Florida and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation, and the Service Employees International Union Florida — issued endorsements. — Rebecca Negron has received the backing of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. “It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Rebecca Negron’s…

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Jeff Atwater endorses Rebecca Negron in CD 18

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is backing Rebecca Negron in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. “Rebecca is one of us. She has lived and worked on the Treasure Coast and in northern Palm Beach County for nearly 40 years,” said Atwater in a statement. “She works everyday on the school board to improve our classrooms and support our teachers. I know Rebecca will fight hard in Washington every day for our community.” First elected as the state’s CFO in 2010, Atwater…

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Endorsement Watch: Conservative Leadership PAC, Florida Realtors, National Organization for Women in Florida, and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including the Conservative Leadership PAC, the National Organization for Women in Florida, and Florida REALTORS PAC — issued endorsements. — The International Association of Firefighters and the Florida Professional Fire Fighters endorsed Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate. “We know Patrick will continue to stand up for workers’ rights, fight to protect retirement benefits, and…

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9 Florida Republicans recognized as NRCC “Young Guns”

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Nine Florida Republicans are on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “radar,” which could lead to substantial campaign support. The NRCC put out a list of 32 congressional candidates Wednesday that are in the running for support through the group’s “Young Guns” program, which helps Republican candidates challenge incumbent Democrats or get the edge running for an open seat. Florida’s nine candidates on the list topped all other states in the “On the Radar” round. “These 32 candidates all provide a…

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Maggie’s List throws support behind Rebecca Negron in CD 18 race

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Rebecca Negron received a significant endorsement today when Maggie’s List announced its support for the Republican candidate in the crowded race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Maggie’s List is a committee committed to electing conservative women to federal office. Negron, the wife of influential state Sen. Joe Negron, is seeking the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, which covers Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. In its recommendation, the group cited Negron’s “deep roots and proven leadership”…

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Republican Rick Kozell announces run for Florida’s CD 18

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Attorney and Republican activist Rick Kozell is announcing he will launch a bid for South Florida’s 18th Congressional District based in Palm Beach County. Kozell is running as an outsider who, like most Americans, is fed up with dysfunction and gridlock in Congress. “Today, Congress seems more focused on growing the bureaucracy than on solving problems. It’s time we fix Washington and restore America’s reputation abroad,” Kozell said in a statement. “Throughout our community, working people are struggling while big government in…

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