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Matt Gaetz, Greg Evers among candidates in Florida’s 1st District

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A legislator who backed comments describing Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group and another who held an online giveaway of a semi-automatic rifle are among eight Republicans trying to succeed a retiring congressman in Florida’s conservative Panhandle. U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller‘s heavily conservative 1st Congressional District, which is home to five military installations and a large population of veterans, has gone Republican since 1994. State Sen. Greg Evers and state Rep. Matt Gaetz announced they were running in the…

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Diane Roberts: Will Joe Negron make Everglades deal happen? Maybe.

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As the old Vulcan proverb goes, “Only Nixon could go to China.” Maybe only Joe Negron can make an Everglades land deal happen. Negron, the incoming state Senate president and a conservative Republican, wants to acquire 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee, land that would help clean up the filthy, nutrient-choked lake water currently sliming South Florida from Fort Pierce to Cape Coral. Using Amendment One money, the state would pay for half (about $1.2 billion), and the federal government…

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Matt Gaetz touts conservative credentials in new CD 1 ad

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Matt Gaetz has a message to voters in Florida’s 1st Congressional District: No candidate is more conservative He’s hoping to drive that message home in a new 30-second, called “The Most Conservative.” The advertisement highlights his record in the Florida Legislature, where he was called the “most conservative legislator” in the state by the Tampa Bay Times. “Government is rigged against people. More and more, it doesn’t matter which political party wins an election because the same special interests are…

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North Florida Neighbors says ‘Matt Gaetz won’t back down’ in new advertisement

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A political committee backing Matt Gaetz released its second television spot this week. North Florida Neighbors, a super PAC supporting Gaetz in Florida’s 1st Congressional District, released a new advertisement Thursday, about one week after first hit the airwaves. “Matt Gaetz will respect and support our military, protect life and our right to bear arms. Matt Gaetz will secure our borders and defend our values, and end policies that coddle terrorists … and kill them,” an announcer says in the 30-second…

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Doug Broxson raises $282K; Mike Hill nets $111K in SD 1 race

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Rep. Doug Broxson raised $20,500 in the last reporting period, giving him a total of $282,000 for his Senate District 1 race, according to the state Division of Elections. Broxson raised the money between June 24 and last Friday. The Gulf Breeze Republican has spent $195,000 of the total. Rep. Mike Hill, a Pensacola Beach Republican, reported raising $7,850 and securing a $50,000 loan in the latest reporting.  He has raised a total of  $111,000 in contributions and spent $73,000, according…

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HD 61 candidate Sean Shaw on guns, working with the GOP, and getting “The Talk”

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The race for House District 61 has been rather cordial to date between attorney Sean Shaw, activist and businesswoman Dianne Hart and environmental engineer Walter Smith. That’s a far cry from two years ago, when Shaw engaged in an intense battle with Ed Narain. Shaw accused Narain of being too Republican-friendly, while Narain and his supporters essentially called Shaw a carpetbagger, emphasizing his lack of roots in the district. Narain ultimately took the seat, winning by a 41%-35% margin. Narain looked like a sure bet for re-election in…

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Changing political landscape means contested races in each of Florida’s congressional districts

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In an election year dominated by outsiders and political chaos, it’s not surprising that every congressional district has at least two people vying for the seat. Candidates had until noon Friday to submit their paperwork to run for congressional seats. State records show all of the state’s 27 congressional races in Florida this congressional cycle are contested. There are several factors contributing to the shift in the delegation’s make-up, including a redistricting ruling late last year. The map created new…

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