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Bobby DuBose challenges Richard Corcoran’s ‘terrorists’ comments

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With all but an OMG! reference, House Democratic Leader Pro-Tempore Bobby DuBose has challenged House Speaker Richard Corcoran to share anything he has to back up claims that terrorists have likely infiltrated Muslim refugees in Florida. DuBose sent a letter Tuesday to Corcoran and copied several key Republican lawmakers urging the speaker to “share with me any information you have received from FDLE or other law enforcement agencies that lend credence to your assertion.” DuBose, of Fort Lauderdale, is responding…

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Jeff Brandes files bill to create affordable housing task force

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A Senate bill filed this week would create a task force to address the state’s affordable housing needs. The bill (SB 854), filed Friday by Sen. Jeff Brandes, would create an affordable housing task force assigned to the Florida Housing Finance Corp. According to the St. Petersburg Republican’s proposal, the task force would be charged with “developing recommendations for addressing the state’s affordable housing needs.” With an another 5 million people expected to be living in Florida by 2030, Brandes…

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Fla. House GOP nominates Richard Corcoran as speaker

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As expected, Florida House Republicans Monday formally nominated state Rep. Richard Corcoran as the House Speaker for the next two years. The chamber’s GOP majority met the day before the Legislature’s biennial Organization Session, where he will be officially selected. Republican Leader Ray Rodrigues nominated Corcoran, with a second from Pasco County’s Chris Sprowls, the likely Speaker for 2020-22. The Land O’ Lakes Republican will lead the House up to the 2018 election. In brief remarks, Corcoran told the chamber he would always try to remember…

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Will Weatherford not running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat in 2016

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Will Weatherford is the latest Florida Republican who will not run for Marco Rubio‘s U.S. Senate seat. Citing family obligations, the former House speaker made the announcement Wednesday afternoon on Facebook: “There are many good candidates looking at a run for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat next year but I will not be one of them. My wife and I have an agreement that I will not run for office while we still have children in diapers. I am enjoying…

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National Journal interviews Marco Rubio about Tea Parties

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Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio got a boost in his bid for the Republican nomination for Florida’s open Senate seat when he was recently endorsed by FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey. Armey, a former House majority leader, and FreedomWorks have tapped into the conservative grassroots, helping to organize what’s now known as the tea party movement. NationalJournal.com recently spoke with Rubio about what kind of relationship he and the Republican Party should have with the tea party movement. Read…

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Human Events: The Other George LeMieux

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From Human Events: Florida Gov. Charles Crist’s appointment of his closest political associate, unknown George Lemieux, to the Senate may cause some harm to Crist’s own bid for the same Senate seat next year. Two weeks ago Crist made the appointment to fill out the remaining sixteen months of the term of fellow Republican Mel Martinez (who had resigned his Senate seat) the warning signs are clearly in sight. At first, supporters of the moderate Crist’s primary opponent, former Florida…

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