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Augustus Sol Invictus says his U.S. Senate campaign hounded by anti-fascists, FBI

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Augustus Sol Invictus says he is on the run. Florida’s wannabe Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate claims he is being pursued by anti-fascist groups targeting him for violence, while the FBI is also after him for possible prosecution. Invictus is the uncertified candidate of the Libertarian Party of Florida from Orlando whose rhetoric and symbolism have critics calling him a neo-fascist. His bizarre confessed behaviors, including sacrificing a goat and drinking its blood, and frequent LSD use, have others dismissing him as a political…

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Smart Politics report shows Donald Trump, Ted Cruz-led ticket could spell down-ballot GOP trouble in Florida

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As the Republican establishment frets over a potential Trump-led (or, to a lesser degree, Cruz-led) presidential ticket, other GOP leaders and officeholders are starting to worry about down-ticket effects. If Trump becomes the nominee, states holding U.S. Senate races – Florida is among them – could see trouble for Republicans and the future of the GOP-controlled Senate. A new Smart Politics report shows that rarely – or never – does a state vote for a Republican U.S. Senator and elect a…

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Alan Grayson gets nod from Progressive Democrats of America

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has won the national endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of America in his race for the Democratic nomination to run for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, he said Thursday. The group, which held a townhall-style teleconference with Grayson last week, had been backing him informally since before he officially entered the race last summer. A news release from Grayson’s Senate campaign states that last month 90 percent of the PDA’s Florida membership voted to endorse him. Grayson is facing…

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Patrick Murphy nabs endorsement of 6 South Florida mayors for Senate run

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy received the endorsement Wednesday from six South Florida mayors in his bid for the U.S. Senate. The six are Wayne Messam of Miramar, Becky Tooley from Coconut Creek, Skip Campbell of Coral Springs, Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan, Bob Margolis of Wellington, and Cutler Bay Mayor Peggy Bell. Murphy, a Jupiter Democrat, is seeking the Senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio as he mounts a presidential campaign. “I’m excited and honored to have the endorsements of so…

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Can you imagine Donald Trump and David Jolly campaigning together in Florida?

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump and U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly don’t have much in common, but they do have this: They’re both leading the polls in Florida in the races they each want to win. If the Republican primary were today, Trump and Jolly would be the GOP’s nominees in the Sunshine State. Of course, there is nearly a year of variables that are in play before that will happen, but, for today, Trump and Jolly are the front runners. That…

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U.S. Senate tables turn against Florida Democrats

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In an ironic reversal of fortune, a tough and ideological primary process is threatening to divide Democrats as they pursue swing Senate seats like that one abdicated by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2016, writes Alex Roarty in National Journal. In a quartet of key battlegrounds, Democrats are bracing for bitter primaries that party leaders worry will complicate their hopes of retaking a Senate majority. The latest showdown was set Tuesday, when a former top aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf,…

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