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John Rutherford recovering from ‘acute digestive flare-up’, not cardiac episode

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Congressman John Rutherford, the first-term Jacksonville Republican who had a medical emergency in Washington Wednesday, is “on his way to a full and swift recovery,” his chief of staff said. Notably: contrary to much reporting, Rutherford did not suffer a heart attack. Kelly Simpson, Congressman Rutherford’s Chief of Staff, said, “Congressman Rutherford is recuperating at a local hospital on his way to a full and swift recovery.” “On Wednesday evening, Congressman Rutherford experienced significant discomfort while just outside the House Chamber.  Mr. Rutherford…

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Andrew Gillum is “real deal” for governor, supporters say

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The push to draft Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to run for governor has picked up two more supporters. Mayor Lauren Poe of Gainesville and Mayor Eric Jones of West Park hopped on the bandwagon Thursday. Gillum, a 37-year-old Democrat, has been the capital’s mayor since 2014. He first was a city commissioner, the youngest person ever elected to that body. “As mayors from across the state of Florida, we know the importance of having a governor who understands the needs of…

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Joe Biden connects with campus crowd in Tallahassee

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A sunglasses-wearing Vice President Joe Biden wanted a Tallahassee crowd on Monday to “imagine” a world with Donald Trump as president. It wasn’t pretty. “We don’t have to make anything up; we just have to say what they want to push,” Biden said during a midday get-out-the-vote rally at Florida A&M University. Several times, he prefaced his comments with, “This is not hyperbole.” For example, “does anyone think a Trump administration will continue with $300 million in Pell grants,” allowing…

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Where might there be a surprise on Election Night in Florida?

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If the chalk won every game and match-up, there would be no Las Vegas or Macau. There would be no March Madness. If the favorites won every time, there would be no reason to even turn on the television. We watch and love sports and gambling because the underdogs can and do win. In no-limit Texas hold ’em poker, holding a pair of aces gives a player an 87 percent chance of winning against a seven-deuce offsuit before the flop. But…

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Corrine Brown won’t be ordered to pay redistricting plaintiffs

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A federal judge has shut down a request from the winners of the congressional redistricting case for U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to pay their attorney and expert witness bills of nearly $250,000. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker also denied a request to levy sanctions against Brown, saying her case “was meritless” but not “frivolous.” His order was entered late last month. Brown, a 23-year Democratic congresswoman from north Florida, lost her primary against challenger Al Lawson in the wake of her indictment on charges that she and her chief…

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Key races could pump up projected turnout figures

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Primaries do not normally gain a great deal of attention or interest among the average voter. Those voting in primaries are often the liberal or conservative ideologues, or those focusing on specific issues. Florida has a number of interesting primaries contested Tuesday. There is no better guide to today’s elections than the one put out by Peter Schorsch and the team at FloridaPolitics.com. If you missed it, you can find it here. Turnout can sometimes be abysmally low. The last…

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Poll: Corrine Brown, Al Lawson in CD 5 dead heat

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A poll released Thursday morning by the Public Opinion Research Lab of the University of North Florida shows that Corrine Brown and Al Lawson are running neck and neck in Congressional District 5. The poll of 400 likely Democratic voters shows Brown leading Lawson 30 percent to 27 percent, well within the 4.9 percent margin of error. An X Factor: L.J. Holloway, who polls at 4 percent. A full 40 percent of voters are unsure. The poll separates Duval County Democrats from those…

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