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Port Tampa Bay slated for $9M in federal budget

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Port Tampa Bay is one of three Florida seaports that could advance harbor deepening projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spending plan announced last week. Port Tampa Bay would get $9 million in congressionally-approved discretionary funds, as well as $17.5 million to JAXPORT and $2.8 million for Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. “Since 2011, we have invested over $1 billion in state funding in our 15 world-class seaports and we appreciate the Trump Administration understanding the important role…

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Mike Pence talks ‘disastrous’ Obamacare in Jacksonville

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Saturday saw United States Vice-President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Rick Scott talking about what Pence called “the Obamacare nightmare” with small business owners in Jacksonville. Scott, who closed out the news week reprising a familiar call to allow the states to administer Medicaid via block grants, has worked closely with President Donald Trump and his administration on possible alternatives to the Affordable Care Act. While the GOP line is “repeal and replace Obamacare,” finding bill language that offers comfort to moderate Republicans in the Senate and…

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Florida congressional delegation asks Donald Trump to support Everglades restoration

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Congressman Francis Rooney is calling on Donald Trump to support Everglades restoration, with a letter to the president saying that Everglades restoration “has far-ranging impacts to the entire state of Florida and the rest of the country.” Signed by the entire Florida delegation, the two-page letter was dated Friday. The letter asks that Trump prepares his fiscal 2018 budget, the “strong support Everglades restoration projects, especially those within the Central Everglades Restoration Program (CERP).” It also notes the Water Infrastructure Improvements for…

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John Rutherford recovering from ‘acute digestive flare-up’, not cardiac episode

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Congressman John Rutherford, the first-term Jacksonville Republican who had a medical emergency in Washington Wednesday, is “on his way to a full and swift recovery,” his chief of staff said. Notably: contrary to much reporting, Rutherford did not suffer a heart attack. Kelly Simpson, Congressman Rutherford’s Chief of Staff, said, “Congressman Rutherford is recuperating at a local hospital on his way to a full and swift recovery.” “On Wednesday evening, Congressman Rutherford experienced significant discomfort while just outside the House Chamber.  Mr. Rutherford…

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Blaise Ingoglia rolls out more endorsements in Florida GOP Chair re-election bid

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Blaise Ingoglia has received the backing of nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress in his re-election campaign for GOP chairman. The Spring Hill Republican announced Wednesday that 11 Republican members of Florida’s congressional delegation have endorsed his re-election bid. “The organization Chairman Blaise Ingoglia put in place this past election cycle was crucial in delivering big wins from President-Elect (Donald) Trump and Senator (Marco) Rubio, our Congressional delegation, and the State Senate and State House,” said Rep. Ted Yoho…

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Donald Trump Jr. to tailgate before Florida/Georgia game

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As “yuuuge” as the “World’s Biggest Cocktail Party” (i.e., the Florida/Georgia game) is in Jacksonville, the tailgate scene may be even bigger for GOP partisans. Donald Trump Jr. will tailgate with the Republican Party of Duval County Saturday at noon. The so-called FL/GA Victory Tailgate will be on the sidewalk between Lots J and M outside of EverBank Field. Trump will be joined by CD 4 candidate John Rutherford, Sen. Aaron Bean, and other politicians, including some Georgia representation and other Jacksonville pols who…

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Todd Wilcox lends a hand to John Rutherford, Carlos Curbelo and other GOP candidates

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Todd Wilcox is lending a helping hand to a few of his fellow Republicans. The Orlando Republican has given nearly $10,000 to federal candidates since the primary. Wilcox, who ended his bid for U.S. Senate earlier this spring, has given $2,000 to Republican John Rutherford, who is running in Florida’s 4th Congressional District. Rutherford will face Democrat David Bruderly in November. He has also given $2,000 to Donald Trump’s campaign and Rep. Carlos Curbelo re-election campaign. He is also expected…

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