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Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he wants to ‘un-do’ things in Washington in new ad

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If you’ve heard GOP senate candidate Carlos Lopez-Cantera at all on the campaign trail, he makes his disdain for Washington and D.C.-based politicians very explicit. He’s doubling down on how ineffective he believes government has been in people’s lives with a new digital ad called “Contempt.” “I think anybody who serves in public office should have a little contempt for government in their heart,” proclaims Lopez-Cantera in the opening scene of the ad. “A lot of people say they want to Washington to ‘do this…

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David Jolly blasts Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s silence over Carlos Beruff’s ‘animal’ remark

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Following the report over the weekend that Florida GOP senate candidate Carlos Beruff referred to President Obama as “an animal” over the weekend, every other major candidate in the Senate contest in Florida, both Republican and Democratic, criticized Beruff over the remark. Almost everyone. A request for comment sent to Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s campaign spokesperson was not returned on Monday. This reporter followed up on Tuesday, again without getting any response. That prompted David Jolly to criticize Lopez-Cantera. The Pinellas County congressman…

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David Jolly “speaks the truth” on fundraising reform

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U.S Rep. David Jolly‘s quixotic “Stop Act” proposal to bar sitting members of Congress from raising money on the job may have gotten him in hot water with some in his party, but it also seems to have won him some admirers in the press. The plan at least “deserves a look,” writes Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. Jolly speaks the truth. Lawmakers know what needs to be done to clean up the corrupt system — but nothing happens. Democrats talk…

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Conservative watchdog group calls for FEC investigation into Patrick Murphy

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A watchdog group is calling on the Federal Elections Commission investigate Rep. Patrick Murphy and the super PAC backing his U.S. Senate campaign. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust on Friday filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission. The complaint says the commission should “immediately investigate whether Murphy is illegally enriching his super PAC to aid his Senate bid.” The complaint states that Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, the super PAC backing Murphy, has been primarily funded…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera talks school choice, U.S. Senate bid during SWFL stop

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Lopez-Cantera Allapattah turkey exchange

They talked about art, about community and their families’ decision to choose a charter school. For students at Bonita Springs Charter School, it was a rare chance to bend the ear of a statewide elected official. But for Carlos Lopez-Cantera, it was a chance to talk  about school choice and educational opportunities for Florida’s students. Lopez-Cantera is one of five Republicans vying to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. He stopped at Bonita Springs Charter School on Wednesday as…

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Augustus Sol Invictus says he was shunned from Senate debate

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One U.S. Senate hopeful is calling shenanigans for not getting an invite to the first debate. Augustus Sol Invictus said the debate was not open to all of the candidates, saying at least 15 candidates have emerged. In a statement, the Orlando Libertarian candidate said the organization hosting the debate pretended the Libertarian Party of Florida does not exist. The Open Debate Coalition invited candidates who had received 15 percent in recent polls. Three candidates — Reps. David Jolly, Alan…

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Better Florida Alliance releases U.S. Senate taxpayer report cards

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The reports cards are out, and some U.S. Senate candidates performed better than others on Better Florida Alliance’s Taxpayer Report Cards. Better Florida Alliance, a network of pro-growth Floridians, released its Taxpayer Report Cards on Monday. The group, according to its website, considered information from several sources, including voting records, public statements and a candidate’s personal record. “The results are interesting because of the diversity of each candidate,” said BFA spokesman Brian Burgess in a statement. “Some candidates have a…

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