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Andrew Gillum didn’t appreciate Rick Scott’s taking a ‘swipe’ at him last week

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Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum believes Rick Scott did a relatively good job leading Florida through the impact of Hurricane Irma, but he didn’t think much of the Governor’s verbal shot at him last week. “Up until the time when he took a swipe at me, he was doing well,” Gillum said Saturday night at a VIP reception  before the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Kennedy-King dinner. “I thought that the Governor was doing what a governor should…

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Chris King: Nursing home tragedy must spur senior housing talks

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King is waiting like everyone else for investigative findings about why eight seniors were tragically left to die in a powerless Broward County nursing home in Hurricane Irma’s wake, but as an operator of senior housing facilities he said Friday it’s past time to talk about what to do long term. King’s Winter Park-based Elevation Financial Group owns or operates numerous senior affordable housing centers in five states including Florida. He has made affordable housing and…

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Irma’s ‘forgotten’ evacuees struggle to find housing

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It’s been one week since Margherita Lopez has taken a shower. She’s been shuffled to three different shelters since evacuating her home in Key West last week as Hurricane Irma approached. She’s slept on a gymnasium floor without a cot, has struggled to find food and says she feels like emergency management officials have forgotten her. “It’s been a nightmare … there should have been a better plan,” said Lopez, a 43-year-old woman who fled an abusive relationship and entered…

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Democrats batter Rick Scott over nursing home tragedy

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Democratic candidates for governor are hitting Gov. Rick Scott and others hard in the wake of eight deaths in a South Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning as Hurricane Irma hit the state. But Scott’s office defended the governor’s actions, saying the facility never reported “that conditions had become dangerous.”

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Some Florida gubernatorial candidates return to the campaign trail; some can’t

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Agricultural Commissioner and GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam was scheduled to appear this coming Monday night at a meet and greet event at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, but now he won’t. The Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee announced Friday that the event has been canceled until further notice. Although no reason was given, it’s highly likely that as a Cabinet member, Putnam needs to focus on his day job while the state deals with the aftershocks of Hurricane…

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National Republicans hire new Florida state director

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Ahead of the 2018 midterms, the Republican National Committee has brought on a new political director for Florida. Andrew Brey, who previously served on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio‘s presidential campaign, has been in the post since July. Brey has also worked for the Republican Party of Florida as field director in support of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry‘s campaign and was part of Gov. Rick Scott‘s re-election team. After Rubio ended his presidential bid, Brey became political director for Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron…

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Bill Nelson asks Dept. of Energy to address Florida’s gas shortage

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Just because Hurricane Irma has left the state doesn’t mean that everything is back to normal in the Sunshine State. Take gasoline, for instance. It’s still hard for many Floridians to gas up, which is a major problem with so many people  wanting to return to their homes.

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