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At annual meeting, Republicans contemplate their place at the top after election wins

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With big wins in the November elections and now about to control the House, Senate and the presidency, the Republican Party of Florida didn’t feel the need to shake up party leadership much — re-electing Blaise Ingoglia by a sizable margin at the 2017 annual leadership conference Saturday morning. The RPOF spent much of the rest of the morning at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando on top of the world and in good spirits. But they also focused on the future and…

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Infamous dates: The moments that influenced Florida politics in 2016

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Everyone expected Florida to play an important role in politics this year. And why wouldn’t they? Presidential hopefuls hailed from here; the state’s electoral votes were coveted; and its Senate race could have determined control of the U.S. Senate. But just like many predictions in 2016, some of the prophecies for Florida’s outsized role on the national stage fell flat. Many believed a Sunshine state politico would be a presidential nominee (not quite right) or that the election would hinge…

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Florida leaders react to the death of Fidel Castro

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Florida leaders are reacting to the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson: “Now that Fidel is gone, the U.S. should continue to press hard against his brother Raul and continue to take steps to support the Cuban people until he provides basic rights and freedoms to all the people of Cuba. In the meantime, the new Trump administration should continue the policy of opening travel and communication with…

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Cubans in Miami, Hialeah take to streets in celebration of Fidel Castro’s death

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South Florida cities are erupting in celebration of the death of former longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Sergio Bustos of POLITICO Florida reports that throughout Miami, a city of Cuban immigrants, can be heard shouts of: “Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!” Cubans of all ages took to the streets in Miami Friday evening throughout Saturday morning party over the demise of the man they believe stole their homeland. “Words really can’t express how I feel,” a Cuban man told NBC-6 in Miami.…

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Charlie Crist CD 13 campaign continues psychological warfare offensive

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David Jolly easily handled Mark Bircher in the GOP primary contest in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Now, the Indian Shores Republican is turning his full attention to defeating Charlie Crist, which won’t be easy. Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election in March 2014 by just 1.8 percentage points. That was when the district did not include more liberal enclaves of downtown and South St. Petersburg, making it much more favorable for a Democrat to win in 2016. Trying to set the mood from the onset, Matthew…

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Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy look confident before Florida’s Senate primary

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy are campaigning as if Tuesday’s primary was already over and they won their parties’ nominations for U.S. Senate. And it may be for good reason. Rubio’s main challenger, Carlos Beruff, appeared to throw in the towel, essentially shutting down the campaign he’d sunk $8 million of his own money into. And Murphy’s main challenger, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, has been damaged by ethics and domestic abuse allegations, leaving Murphy to focus…

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Rick Scott says entire state needs to be involved in Zika prevention

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Florida has done its part to slow the spread of Zika, but Gov. Rick Scott said it is time for the federal government to step up. There are 36 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida, all of which were believed to be transmitted in Miami-Dade County. The Department of Health believes active transmissions are only occurring in Wynwood, a trendy arts neighborhood, and in the Miami Beach area. “We all have to be part of this. We have to…

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