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Wengay Newton, Jennifer Webb woo voters in Gulfport

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Wengay Newton and Jennifer Webb took the stage in Gulfport on Thursday night in a homestretch effort to charm voters before the Nov. 8 General Election. Newton is running for the State House District 70 seat against Republican Cori Fournier. There is no incumbent in the seat. Webb is challenging Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters for the HD 69 seat. Neither Fournier nor Peters showed up at the forum, leaving the field free for the two Democrats. The Gulfport Area Chamber of…

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Iraq veteran says Marco Rubio insulted Kurdish forces in Senate debate

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While discussing U.S. policy in Syria during the Senate debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy in Davie on Wednesday night, Rubio one-upped his Democratic opponent by chiding him for saying that the Kurdish resistance fighters known as the Peshmerga were fighting in Iraq, not Syria. Now a Democratic Representative and Iraq veteran is calling on Rubio to apologize for “using these brave soldiers as a punchline.” “As a veteran of the war in Iraq, I know exactly what kind of sacrifice the…

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Sparks fly as Rod Smith, Keith Perry offer contrasting views at Senate debate

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Candidates for Florida’s newly drawn Senate District 8 outlined their disparate visions for the future to more than 300 students at a debate held at the University of Florida Tuesday evening. But one thing both men had in common was their choice to lead lives that differ dramatically from the lives their fathers led. “Happiness means doing what you want to do,” said state Rep. Keith Perry, a 57-year-old Republican from Gainesville. “A top-down, centralized form of government that grows…

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Joe Henderson: Can you say ‘Madam President’?

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About 30 minutes into Wednesday’s presidential debate, Donald Trump was doing well. He was making points that were rational to both his point of view and that of millions of Americans. I thought his supporters would love his strong answer on abortion, for instance. “I am putting pro-life justices on the (Supreme) court,” Trump said. “I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination.” He made sense on his signature issue of…

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Joe Henderson: Predicting Donald Trump in final debate is risky business

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Game-changer? Or victory lap? That’s two potential outcomes for tonight’s third, and final, presidential debate. The first one applies to Donald Trump. If he fails to change the election narrative in his last head-to-head face off with Hillary Clinton, his White House aspirations likely are finished (if they aren’t already). Clinton, ahead in the polls, likely just needs to avoid committing a major gaffe in the face of what is expected to be a flurry of attacks and allegations from…

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John Morgan, Vote No on 2’s Jessica Spencer dispute each other’s facts on medical marijuana

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Face to face, medical marijuana champion John Morgan and Vote No on 2 Policy Director Jessica Spencer did not agree even on the basic facts behind each other’s arguments. In a debate televised on WESH 2 TV in Orlando over Florida Amendment 2, the medical marijuana issue on November’s ballot, Morgan, the Orlando lawyer who chairs United For Care, and Spencer spent much of their time disputing each other’s most fundamental arguments as false. The amendment would allow for doctors to…

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Independent Senate candidates angry, fired up over exclusion from UCF debate

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In the midst of the rallying college students and others at the U.S. Senate Debate at UCF came marching a man dressed in military garb, carrying an American flag and flanked by three men in dark suits. It was third-party Senate candidate Bruce Nathan. “My goal is to be noticed,” he told FloridaPolitics.com. “No-Party Affiliated candidates are never seen. I’m making a point. I drove two and a half hours to be here.” He claimed the polls showing favorable votes…

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