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Did Republican state and national leaders mail in Pulse appearances?

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In one of the more biting moments in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting,” mathematician Gerald Lambeau, played by Stellan Skarsgård, apologizes to his old friend, psychologist Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, for having missed the funeral of Sean’s wife. “I got your card,” Sean snapped, not at all disguising his anger. Did we just see state and national Republicans mail in [or tweet in] their condolences and best wishes for Orlando’s one-year observation of the Pulse mass-murder that…

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Dominic Calabro: Keeping cigars in the Cigar City

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Politicians talk repeatedly about doing things to help create jobs. But, sometimes, doing nothing is the best option. We hope that newly-elected lawmakers understand that less government intrusion is often the key to keeping the American Dream alive. A great example is the 2009 “Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.” This innocuously named effort actually increased federal regulation in ways that even many of its supporters now regret. The act gave the Food and Drug Administration the right to regulate…

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Florida congressional races start fall with lopsided campaign cash

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In 20 of Florida’s 26 contested congressional races this fall, one major party nominee escaped from last Tuesday’s primaries with more than five times as much cash-on-hand as the other major party’s candidate. And in many cases, the cash gap heading into the fall is so overwhelming that one party’s congressional nominee’s bank account would barely be a rounding error for the other party’s nominee. In 15 of the districts, one nominee has at least 30 times as much money as…

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Gwen Graham celebrates July 4th by sponsoring bipartisan ‘Made-In-America Flag’ bill

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham got into the Independence Day spirit Friday by co-sponsoring a bill to ensure the federal government only purchases flags made in America. “There’s no better time than the Fourth of July to remind us how important the American Flag is to our nation,” the North Florida Democrat said. “This common-sense, bipartisan legislation would require the federal government only purchase American flags made in America. It’s the right thing to do to honor the founding fathers who…

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Several GOP presidential candidates support ending birthright citizenship; what about Florida GOP Senate candidates?

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The issue of denying citizenship for children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants has always been considered somewhat of a fringe idea, even among some of the biggest hawks fighting illegal immigration. The issue has come to the forefront this week after GOP presidential contender Donald Trump unveiled his white paper on immigration on Sunday, which included eliminating automatic birthright citizenship. On the campaign trail on Monday,  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker immediately signaled his support for the plan (before backing off).…

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DCCC singles out David Jolly on highway trust fund vote — even though Nancy Pelosi, other Fla. Dems did the same

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly caught fire from progressives Thursday over a vote this month on HR 2353, the short-term Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015. The Indian Rocks Republican was one of the 387 members of Congress to support a two-month extension of the highway trust fund. But singling out Jolly – who represents the mostly moderate Florida Congressional District 13 – may not have been the right thing to do politically. In a new radio ad launching this week,…

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Gwen Graham co-sponsoring ban on seismic oil testing along Florida’s Atlantic coast

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham announced on Wednesday that she has joined several key Florida Democrats — plus one Republican, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey — in supporting a new bill on Capitol Hill to prevent seismic testing for oil along Florida’s eastern coast. The bill — H.R. 2276 — would partially contravene a decision made last year by the Obama administration to open up much of the Eastern Seaboard for oil exploration by way of sending powerful seismic sonar waves through the ocean. “North Florida…

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