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Tampa Bay area GOP Representatives weigh in on American Health Care Act

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted Monday that changes occurring with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the implementation of the American Health Care Act would result in 14 million people losing coverage in just the first year. The CBO continued by saying that it expects premiums to come back down afterward, but the number of people without coverage would continue to rise ― eventually reaching 52 million in 2026, or 24 million more than what the CBO expects if…

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Charlie Crist would be only the fifth governor to be elected to Congress in past 50 years

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When Charlie Crist declares his candidacy for Florida’s 13th Congressional District Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg, he’ll be in the unusual position of having been a governor now running as a representative. But how unusual is it? According to a Smart Politics analysis, since 1900 more than two dozen former or sitting governors have won elections to the House of Representatives, although only four have done so in the past 50 years, with the last being South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford two years…

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Marco Rubio visits Charleston church where 9 worshippers killed

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Before attending a town hall meeting Monday night in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio — without television cameras or any other media in tow — visited the Charleston church where nine African-American worshippers were shot to death earlier this year. Republican Sen. Tim Scott disclosed the Florida senator’s trip before an audience of about 1,000 people attending the town hall meeting he hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center. Scott has invited all 17 GOP…

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David Jolly supports expanding Americans ability to travel to Cuba

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Monday’s official resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba was met with full throated denunciations from Republican elected officials up and down the Sunshine State, and David Jolly, the latest entrant into the GOP 2016 Senate race, was no exception. “Look, I oppose the president’s decision,” Jolly told Florida Politics yesterday regarding President Obama’s diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba that he announced last December. “I think it has been too aggressive, too quickly.” But there is one place where Jolly has…

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Activists in Tampa rally to decry deadly force of police actions against Walter Scott & Lavall Hall

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The shooting death of Walter Scott as he was fleeing police last weekend has dominated national news coverage over the past week. But an incident in South Florida is equally troubling, said activists who convened in front of the federal building in Tampa on Saturday afternoon. Lavall Hall was a 25-year-old mentally ill black man who was fatally shot by police in Miami Gardens back in February. But in a 19-minute police video that Hall’s family released on Wednesday, an…

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Susan MacManus: Path to the White House runs through the Senate

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From the Washington Examiner: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s diminished political fortunes are shifting the field for prospective 2012 presidential candidates, with a sudden vacancy on the Republican Party’s short list. “It’s way too early to talk sensibly about the 2012 field, but that’s no reason not to do it,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University. Sanford’s admission of an affair Wednesday after a bizarre four-day absence from public duties effectively deprives Republicans of a promising…

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Washington Times slurps Marco Rubio

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Wash Times’ Adam Guillette on Marco Rubio…Any commentary which includes the sentence “Jeb Bush recently said that the party needs to stop looking back to Reagan and start looking toward the future. Marco Rubio is that future” is just going to be bad for Charlie Crist. The full article: On the surface, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appears to be the rising star in the Sunshine State. Mr. Crist won a landslide election, maintains high approval ratings and was considered as…

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