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Bill Nelson: Puerto Rico response must ramp up now or drastic measures coming

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The situation in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico is so bleak that the military response needs to shift from talk to all-out action today or “drastic measures” will have to be taken, Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson declared in Orlando Wednesday. “This is a disaster of gargantuan proportions,” Nelson said.

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Retired general officers urge support for Hillary Clinton, trash Donald Trump

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A retired Air Force brigadier general and a retired Navy rear admiral both expressed strong confidence in Democrat Hillary Clinton and condemnation of Republican Donald Trump as possible presidents Tuesday. Retired Brig. Gen. John Douglass of Cocoa Beach and retired Rear Adm. Gene Kendall of Fernandina Beach aimed their opinions toward Florida voters Tuesday, in a press call organized by Clinton’s presidential campaign. They were joined by Coast Guard veteran Elena McCullough of Pasco County. The trio spoke fearfully of Trump’s temperament and lack of experience in military and foreign affairs; of…

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Dennis Ross makes official announcement; running for fourth term

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A fourth two-year term in Congress is what U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, is wishing for. On Thursday, Ross, 56, made his official announcement for the post in the three counties of his 15th Congressional District after redistricting orders from the Florida Supreme Court, warning of terrorism and the national debt. “Our work is not done. I firmly believe that these next two years are the most important two years in our lifetime. Our safety and security are at…

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Florida Chamber Foundation hosts military and state leaders at Orlando summit

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Members of Florida’s military, defense and veterans industries met at a Florida Chamber of Commerce summit to boost support for military-related industries. Attorney General Pam Bondi was expected to present at the Military, Defense and Veterans Opportunities Summit. “Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans that have courageously risked their lives to protect our freedom. As a state that welcomes veterans with open arms, it is our privilege and responsibility to ensure our nation’s heroes are protected from…

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Kendrick Meek urges Charlie Crist to be more ‘Independent’ on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Charlie Crist “hasn’t yet acted like an Independent,” according to Nathan Click, a spokesperson for the Kendrick Meek campaign. The campaign points out that Rubio and Crist are identical on gay-rights issues – both squarely against. Adam Sharon, the communications director for the Meek campaign, asks rhetorically, “Do the governor and Speaker Rubio still stand with the far-right instead of our men and women in uniform?” Continue reading here. Press release from Meek’s campaign: On Monday, the White House announced…

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Kendrick Meek urges Charlie Crist to be more ‘Independent’ on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Charlie Crist “hasn’t yet acted like an Independent,” according to Nathan Click, a spokesperson for the Kendrick Meek campaign. The campaign points out that Marco Rubio and Crist are identical on gay-rights issues – both squarely against. Adam Sharon, the communications director for the Meek campaign, asks rhetorically, “Do the governor and Speaker Rubio still stand with the far-right instead of our men and women in uniform?” Continue reading here. Press release from Meek’s campaign: On Monday, the White House…

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With new law, voting in Florida’s elections will start week of July 4!

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Tucked into HB 131 (which I track using LobbyTools), the wide-ranging election reform legislation which would, among other things, clarify political advertising on the internet and regulate the electioneering activities of ‘527’s’, is a provision which would move up the date of when each county’s Supervisor of Elections would be required to mail out ballots to “early voters”, such as military and overseas voters.  Currently, the law requires Supervisors of Elections to mail ballots no later than 35 days before…

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