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Infograph shows Obamacare enrollment, tax credits in 17 Republican congressional districts

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More than 1.46 million Floridians in Republican congressional districts will lose a total of $6.8 billion in tax credits for health care if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in King v Burwell that the federal government overstepped its authority by granting tax credits to people purchasing Obamcare plans through a federal health exchange. The information was compiled by the Committee on Energy and Commerce minority staff. It shows that the district that could suffer the most is U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz Balart’s, where 187,000 people have enrolled in Obamacare…

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Engage Cuba kicks off drive to end U.S. sanctions

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Last night in Miami, Alan Gross, the American citizen who was detained in Cuba by the Castro-led government for five years before his release last December, spoke at the inaugural fundraiser for New Cuba PAC, a political action committee created to push for the end of the U.S. 53-year economic embargo against the Communist island. “It was a magical night,” says James Williams with Engage Cuba, a new nonprofit advocacy group created in tandem with the new PAC. “It really felt in many ways…

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No supplemental Medicaid dollars? Then no tax breaks or member projects, says Senate budget chief

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Budget chief state Sen. Tom Lee said on Wednesday that tax cuts and member projects will be put on hold in the Senate until there is some resolution of whether Florida will receive additional Medicaid supplemental dollars to help pay hospitals, federally qualified health centers and Medicaid HMOs. After a marathon seven-plus-hour meeting where the committee tackled everything from Medicaid expansion, to land-buying, to education reforms, Lee said in a press availability with reporters that the $800 million in tax…

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Gary Fineout: New showdown looming between Charlie Crist and Legislature

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From Gary Fineout: A battle over proposed redistricting amendments is turning into an extraordinary legal fight between members of Congress, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, Gov. Charlie Crist and even a former governor. Last month U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Mario Diaz-Balart filed a lawsuit in Leon County to get one of two redistricting amendments sponsored by FairDistrictsFlorida.org thrown off the 2010 ballot. Brown, D-Jacksonville, and Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, contend the measure is misleading and would reduce the number of minorities elected. But…

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Diaz-Balart brothers endorse Charlie Crist

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As if polling and fundraising weren’t already an uphill battle for Marco Rubio, now Cuban-American Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart have both endorsed Charlie Crist. Rubio is counting on strong support from Cuban-Americans in his Senate campaign. He was Florida’s first Cuban-American House Speaker, but his base is being pulled out from under him with this endorsement.

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