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Ron DeSantis describes ‘strange encounter’ with man before congressional baseball shooting

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U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis described a “strange encounter” Wednesday with a man in the parking lot of the congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The encounter occurred moments before shots fired, injuring Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Scalise was shot in the hip and is in stable condition after surgery. Some security team members were also wounded. The North Florida Republican told FOX Business Network hours after the shooting that the “guy … Walked up to us … Asking whether…

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Dennis Ross is on GOP congressional baseball team, but wasn’t at practice where shots were fired

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Polk County Congressman Dennis Ross is one of four members of the Florida GOP delegation on the baseball team attacked by a gunman Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, but he wasn’t at today’s practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, and multiple congressional aides were also hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice. Scalise is reported to be in stable condition. Five people were “transported medically” from the scene, Alexandria Police Chief…

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Report: Top Ron DeSantis contributes $500K to state political committee

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A top supporter of Rep. Ron DeSantis has contributed $500,000 to a state-level political committee that could be used to help fund a gubernatorial bid. POLITICO Florida reported that Frederick Sontag contributed $500,000 to Fund for Florida’s Future, a state level political committee, on May 5. The committee, which was required to report all contributions it received in May by Monday, received $535,000 in contributions last month. Sontag is the founder of Spring Bay Companies, a Ponte Vedra Beach private…

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Did Republican state and national leaders mail in Pulse appearances?

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In one of the more biting moments in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting,” mathematician Gerald Lambeau, played by Stellan Skarsgård, apologizes to his old friend, psychologist Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, for having missed the funeral of Sean’s wife. “I got your card,” Sean snapped, not at all disguising his anger. Did we just see state and national Republicans mail in [or tweet in] their condolences and best wishes for Orlando’s one-year observation of the Pulse mass-murder that…

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Darryl Paulson: Will 2018 bring no change or a political tsunami?

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Sometimes political change comes slowly, one drop at a time. That was the 2016 Florida congressional election where Democrats gained a single seat, although the opportunities were everywhere. Sometimes elections result in a political tsunami, where the political landscape is fundamentally altered, and one party replaces the other party as the dominant political force. The 2010 and 2014 midterm elections created a tsunami where Republicans wiped out a substantial Democratic majority and won political control of the House. What will…

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GOP mocks national Dems for ‘zero chance’ of beating Vern Buchanan in 2018

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Though the 2018 congressional elections are still a year and a half away, the news headlines continue to make Democrats believe that 2018 will be a wave election that could see them take over the House of Representatives. It won’t be easy, even if the daily revelations from Washington continue to chip away at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s ratings. On Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced 20 more congressional districts targeted for recruitment and potential investment,…

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Ron DeSantis for Governor? Don’t rule it out

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Adam Putnam may have some competition for the Republican nomination for Florida Governor after all. Sources very familiar with the thinking of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis note that he is looking at a run for the state’s top job, with a decision to be made late in the summer. Were he to run, he would be a very serious candidate for the job — posing an existential threat to Putnam, as DeSantis could very quickly own the space to Putnam’s right. DeSantis,…

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