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Senate passes stopgap spending bill with $1.1 billion to fight Zika

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Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day’s end. The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint…

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Patrick Murphy Spanish radio ad hits Marco Rubio on Planned Parenthood, abortion

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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s first Spanish radio ad is about Planned Parenthood and woman’s choice for abortion, attacking his opponent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for opposing both. Murphy, of Palm Beach Gardens, attempts to link Rubio and Republican presidential nomineeDonald Trump, as the ad accuses them both of wanting to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, putting at risk a variety of noncontroversial women’s health services the organization provides. But at the same time, the ad…

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Rick Scott to put $25M toward developing Zika vaccine

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Gov. Rick Scott, lamenting federal inaction on the Zika virus, has earmarked $25 million in state money for vaccine research. “I have traveled multiple times to Washington this year to meet with congressional leaders to tell them how urgent this need is. Yet, despite endless claims of support from those within both parties, nothing has been done,” Scott said in a written statement. “Every minute that passes that Congress doesn’t approve funding means more time is lost from researching this virus.…

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Patrick Murphy endorsed by Planned Parenthood for U.S. Senate

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Planned Parenthood now backs Patrick Murphy in Florida’s race for U.S. senator. Their endorsement only boosted Murphy’s resolve on fighting for women’s right to choose and health care — two things he said his opponent, Marco Rubio, is against. “This is an organization that provides vital health care to millions of women across this country,” he said. “While Marco Rubio opposes a woman’s right to choose, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and has exploited the Zika virus to attack women’s health, I will…

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Democratic legislative candidates talk Donald Trump, reparations and diapers in Tiger Bay Forum

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Although many polls show the presidential election could go either way, the Democratic candidates in Florida’s Senate District 19 and House District 70 at Friday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting say they can’t fathom an America with Donald Trump leading the nation. “There are 45 million Republicans in this country, and that’s the best they can come up with?” asked an incredulous Dan Fiorini, a first-time candidate in HD 70 who served as a legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey two decades ago.…

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Federal judge bars enforcement of new Florida abortion law

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A federal judge in Tallahassee has temporarily stopped enforcement of parts of a new state law on abortion. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a preliminary injunction late Thursday—one day before the new law was to take effect. His order also came the same week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law that clamped down on abortion access because it “unduly burden(s)” women’s reproductive rights. Hinkle referred in passing to Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt in his 25-page order. Planned…

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Supreme Court abortion decision could affect Florida

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In a decision that could reverberate in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that clamped down on abortion access because it “unduly burden(s)” women’s reproductive rights. The court announced its 5-3 decision Monday in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. It was one of three final opinions released before the justices go on summer recess. The Texas law mirrored a measure passed in Florida this year. It too requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a…

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