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Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich all face must-wins in home states

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In their efforts to derail Donald Trump from the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all facing enormous pressure in their home state primaries, which account for about a fourth of the delegates up for grabs in the next three weeks. Failure to defend their turf could leave each explaining what states they can win going forward — and make the New York billionaire look all the more inevitable.…

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Florida Open Carry advocates, take careful notes on Texas’ new gun-toting law

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With Florida’s Legislative Session only days away, one of the hottest issues to face lawmakers this year is Open Carry. Two bills (SB 300/HB 163) filed by the Republican father-son tag team of State Sen. Don Gaetz of Niceville and Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry a gun “any place that a person has the right to be, subject only to exceptionally and narrowly tailored restrictions that employ the least possible restriction on the right” to bear…

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Michigan clobbers disinterested Florida team in Citrus Bowl

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Throughout the off-season, the University of Florida will have to answer one final question about its 2015 season. Did the Gators check out before their final game of the season? Michigan overwhelmed Florida  41-7, for the Gators’ third consecutive defeat Friday in the Citrus Bowl. UF was outscored 97-24 in those three games. Never has the Gators’ defense looked so listless, though. Michigan scored the game’s final 34 points and ran up 504 yards against the Gators’ defense. Before the…

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Things to watch: All eyes on Oklahoma, Big Ten showdown

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College football’s regular season has three weeks left, including championship weekend. Week 12 is all about Oklahoma. The Sooners state is the site for three big games, all with major postseason implications. Elsewhere, the Big Ten’s game of the year will be played in Columbus, and Michigan is not invited. Virginia Tech says goodbye to one of the greatest coaches in college football history. Plus, several division titles could be handed out. Here are things to watch for in Week…

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Bowl projections: Florida, FSU would have interesting games

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So who has been the best first-year coach in America? Jim McElwain of Florida or Jim Harbaugh of Michigan? According to USA Today, they might make their final argument against each other. So who is more electric to watch? FSU running back Dalvin Cook or Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch? They might share the same field. Ah, yes. Bowl predictions have started already in America. And, according to USA Today, there could be some interesting – although not particularly high profile…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.12.15 — On this LGBT issue, Florida and Rick Scott resist social conservative pressures

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Thirty-eights years after Anita Bryant, Florida no longer officially bans gays from adopting children. Though it’s been legal for such couples to adopt since 2010, Governor Scott signed a bill into law last night that now makes that official.  As you’ll recall, this issue roiled social conservatives in and outside of the Legislature this spring. The inclusion of the amendment by Miami Beach Democrat David Richardson to repeal the state statute on gay adoption (which was ruled unconstitutional by a court in…

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Charlie Crist raises $125K in Michigan (with Jim Greer in tow) as report shows he’s off 10 weeks a year

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On the same day a St. Petersburg Times investigation reports he takes off 10 weeks a year from his official responsibilities, Charlie Crist raised $125K at a reception and dinner at the Michigan home of CEO Paul E. Hodges III, this according to one of the Florida fundraisers who raised money for Crist’s trip to Michigan. Also of interest is news that embattled RPOF Chairman Jim Greer accompanied Crist on his travels, which will surely raise eyebrows among Republicans already…

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