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Call it a comeback? Trey Radel reportedly interested in returning to former radio job

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Trey Radel could be trying to stage a comeback — at least on the radio. Radel, who resigned from Congress in 2014 following a cocaine scandal, has been an occasional fill-in host on Daybreak with Drew Steele, a conservative talk radio show on 92.5 Fox News in Southwest Florida, for the past few weeks. On Tuesday, the Naples Daily News reported he would be interested in getting back on the airwaves. Radel told the Naples Daily News he would be…

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Curt Clawson is why we can’t have nice things

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Judging by the expression on her face, Lizbeth Benacquisto appeared genuinely surprised — and touched — by the standing ovation given to her by her colleagues in the Senate upon her return to the Florida Legislature. The date was April 23, 2014, and it was the day after Benacquisto finished second in the four-way Republican primary to replace Trey Radel, who had been forced from office after being arrested in Washington D.C. on drug charges. Radel represented Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which encompasses most of…

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Curt Clawson not running for re-election changes political landscape in southwest Florida

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For the third time since 2012, Southwest Florida will have an open congressional seat. On Thursday, Rep. Curt Clawson announced he was not running for re-election in Congressional District 19. The Bonita Springs Republican said he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. “I was shocked,” said Byron Donalds, a Collier County Republican and early supporter of the congressman. “Southwest Florida is losing a tremendous congressman. He’s been a great leader in our community. He’s been an asset (in the U.S. House),…

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Florida House adds homeless to hate crimes law

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From the 13th Juror: Despite one state representative calling the homeless “bums,” the Florida House has passed a bill that would add the homeless to the state’s hate crime law. Sponsored by Rep. Ari Porth, D-Coral Springs, the measure (HB 11) passed 80-28. “Nobody is more vulnerable,” Porth said. “If the sole reason you beat them was because they were homeless and sleeping on a bench then that deserves extra protection.” Referring to the homeless as “bums,” Rep. Paige Kreegel, R-Punta Gorda,…

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