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Francis Rooney says he’s not considering 2018 gubernatorial bid

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Rep. Francis Rooney dismissed rumors he is considering gubernatorial bid, saying he is focused on “being the best congressman” he can be for Southwest Florida. Rooney, a freshman congressman and the former ambassador to the Holy See, said he was not considering a run for governor in 2018. “I am considering one thing — being the best congressman I can be for Southwest Florida,” he said. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to represent Southwest Florida, and I’m not intending to…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Where to find Tampa Bay candidates on election night

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Election night parties will be raging across the state Tuesday. For some, it’s a chance to pop some bottles and celebrate. For others, it will be a somber event, marking the last hurrah of a long, hard-fought campaign. Want to party like a politician? Here’s a rundown of where candidates will be as the polls close. U.S. Senate It was one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races this election cycle. And on Tuesday night, both Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep.…

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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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Chauncey Goss gets $1,000 donation from Jack Latvala in CD 19

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Chauncey Goss is getting a little financial help from a top Florida Republican. Campaign finance documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show Sen. Jack Latvala donated $1,000 to Goss’ congressional campaign Aug. 18. The donation was included in a 48-hour notice filed with the FEC on Aug. 19. Goss is running in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. He’ll face Republicans Francis Rooney and Dan Bongino in the Aug. 30 primary. A well-known Sanibel Island Republican, Goss ran for the seat…

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Francis Rooney gives his CD 19 campaign $600K

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Francis Rooney gave his campaign another financial boost this week. The Naples Republican gave his congressional campaign $636,754 on Aug. 15. The most recent cash infusion means Rooney has given his campaign more than $2.1 million since jumping into the race. Rooney is vying to replace Rep. Curt Clawson in Florida’s 19th Congressional District. He’ll face Republicans Dan Bongino and Chauncey Goss in the Aug. 30 primary. Records show Rooney received about $510,000 in individual contributions during the last fundraising period.…

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Curt Clawson is why we can’t have nice things

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Judging by the expression on her face, Lizbeth Benacquisto appeared genuinely surprised — and touched — by the standing ovation given to her by her colleagues in the Senate upon her return to the Florida Legislature. The date was April 23, 2014, and it was the day after Benacquisto finished second in the four-way Republican primary to replace Trey Radel, who had been forced from office after being arrested in Washington D.C. on drug charges. Radel represented Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which encompasses most of…

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