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Mike Fernandez: If gambling in South Florida passes without referendum, ‘the wrath of the community you will feel’

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Mike Fernandez is expressing his disappointment in the House and Senate’s decision to “advance and dump” casino expansion efforts on South Florida. In an email to Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz on Thursday, Fernandez criticized the decision to move forward with a proposal that would bring another to South Florida. The provision was part of the latest offer from the Senate as part of ongoing negotiations to strike a compromise on gambling legislation. The Senate on Thursday…

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Miami GOP rainmaker Mike Fernandez endorses Patrick Murphy, gives $100K

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Mike Fernandez is backing Democrat Patrick Murphy in his race against Republican Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate. Fernandez, the Miami billionaire who is one of the nation’s largest GOP funders, announced his support of Murphy to the Miami Herald Friday morning. He told reporters the main reason he’s voting for Murphy is the Jupiter Democrat’s support for lifting the Cuba embargo. As well as voting for Murphy, the Herald also reports Fernandez has given $100,000 to a pro-Murphy super PAC.…

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Darryl Paulson: It’s now or never for #NeverTrump

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The opposition to Donald Trump has been constant from the start of the 2016 presidential campaign. However, it has been unfocused and essentially leaderless. Many Trump opponents believed he would not enter the race. When he entered, they believed he had no chance of winning. Now that Trump has won the nomination, they believe he can be stopped by an independent or third party campaign. As early as December 2015, before the first caucus or primary, Mike Fernandez, a Coral…

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David Jolly has a super PAC in his bid for U.S. Senate

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Ron DeSantis has one. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has two. Now David Jolly has one as well. A super PAC, that is. It’s called FloridAmerican Conservatives.  “The United States Senate seat in Florida will be open in 2016, and the national liberal Democrats — Obama, Clinton, Reid — will spend whatever it takes to put Florida in their column,” the Super PAC’s website reads. “We’re supporting David Jolly for the Republican nomination because he is the conservative who can and will hold this seat and protect our Republican majority.As a Congressman…

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Billionaire Jeb Bush donor begins personal anti-Donald Trump campaign

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A billionaire who is backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has launched a personal campaign against fellow billionaire Donald Trump, calling him an insecure, narcissistic bully who needs to be stopped. Mike Fernandez, a Cuban-born major Republican donor from Miami who built his fortune in the health care industry, has bought full-page newspaper ads blasting Trump and planned to run a pro-Latino television ad during Tuesday’s GOP debate coverage designed to counter Trump’s anti-immigration message. He is also launching a…

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Records show Republican Jeb Bush healthy and wealthy

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Jeb Bush appears to be healthy and wealthy, based on a batch of records released by the Republican presidential candidate Thursday. As for wise? Voters have time. Bush also listed each of the people, called bundlers, who have helped raise campaign dollars in groups of contributors. The 62-year-old former governor of Florida is “in excellent physical and mental condition and able to serve” as president, Bush’s doctor wrote in an affidavit. Bush takes cholesterol medication, but his weight and blood…

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Jeb Bush summer fundraising tour swings by Coral Gables Aug. 31

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Jeb Bush’s late-summer fundraising tour swings by Florida next week, as the Republican presidential candidate comes to the Miami area for a big-ticket GOP reception. The high-profile, $1,000-a-ticket private reception for the former governor begins 6 p.m. Monday, August 31 at the home of entrepreneur Manny Kadre and his wife Annie, 5345 Hammock Drive in Coral Gables. A spot on the host committee, which includes a VIP reception and photo, will be $20,000 (either donated or raised); an individual photo…

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