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Florida immigrant coalition blasts GOP proposal to crack down on “sanctuary cities”

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Florida GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee Tuesday announced a number of bills that would crack down on illegal immigration. Among those bills include HB 675, sponsored by Yalaha House Republican Larry Metz, which would punish so-called “sanctuary” cities that don’t cooperate with federal officials attempting to deport undocumented immigration. It would call for the Attorney General to file civil actions to halt sanctuary policies and impose fines of up to $5,000 per day on cities that have “written or unwritten” sanctuary policies. The bill…

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Poll of 4 heartland states show strong support for restoring ties with Cuba

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A new poll finds a majority of voters in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee think  restoring relations and relaxing the travel ban with Cuba is the right thing to do. The poll of four heartland states was conducted by The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center in partnership with Engage Cuba. It shows that although 70 percent of voters think the United States is on the wrong track, 58 percent of those same voters are for President Barack Obama’s new policies on U.S.-Cuba relations. “For…

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Randy Perkins becomes latest candidate to declare in Florida CD 18 race

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The race to replace Patrick Murphy in the Congressional District 18 race just got more crowded, with the announcement that Democrat Randal “Randy” Perkins has entered the contest. Perkins is CEO of the South Florida-based AshBritt Environmental, a disaster recovery company. “I have worked hard my entire life. But I’ve also been fortunate to have so many opportunities along the way that allowed me to support a family, build a successful business, and give back to my community,” Perkins said in a prepared…

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David Jolly “beyond disappointment” about president’s post-Paris immigration stance

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Pinellas County U.S. Rep. and GOP Senate candidate David Jolly says it’s “heartbreaking” that President Obama isn’t redirecting his strategy toward combating the Islamic State, in reaction to the terrorist attacks that occurred Friday night in Paris. “It’s more than disappointing, this is heartbreaking,” Jolly said in a telephone interview Monday morning. “I have been imploring the president and others have as well, that we need to do more to defeat ISIS and terror cells.” Insisting that he wasn’t being partisan,…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera stands with Rick Scott, calling Congress to block funding for Syrian refugees to Florida

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Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera is standing foursquare behind his boss, Governor Rick Scott, in opposing any Syrian refugees coming into Florida. “We have recently become aware that private organizations could receive federal funding to house up to 425 possible Syrian refugees in the state of Florida,” Lopez-Cantera, a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, said in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “As Lieutenant Governor of Florida, I stand with Governor Scott, and we must use whatever power we…

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Carly Fiorina says she is the leader the world needs in a time of terror

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If you’ve followed any of the stump speeches of the 15 Republican candidates still standing in the race for the presidential nomination, you know that everyone of them spends considerable time criticizing what they call the fecklessness of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton‘s foreign policy. So in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris apparently committed by the Islamic State on Friday, most of the candidates who appeared at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit on Saturday in…

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John Kasich says NATO should invoke Article 5 in wake of Paris attacks

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Saying it was not a day for politics as usual, Ohio Governor John Kasich still got partisan on Saturday at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando on Saturday afternoon. His entire speech was centered around the battle against terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday night, “I don’t know if this is the time for political criticism or the blame game, but I must say, that we as a nation, the United States of America, has not shown…

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