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Carlos Lopez-Cantera plans ‘Florida First’ campaign swing

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera is hitting the road for a jobs-focused campaign swing in early April. Lopez-Cantera, the state’s lieutenant governor and a Republican Senate hopeful, will kick off his “Florida First Tour” on April 4. The Miami Republican’s campaign said the tour will give Lopez-Cantera a chance to meet with Floridians to talk about job creation, economic opportunity, education and veterans’ services. Lopez-Cantera is one of five Republicans vying to replace Sen. Marco Rubio in the United States Senate. Rubio, a…

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Debate analysis: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz forge loose alliance to block Donald Trump

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For months, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio tried to tear each other down in a bid to become Donald Trump‘s top challenger. The senators are now unlikely allies in an effort to stop Trump’s march toward the Republican nomination. The strategy shift was on full display in Thursday’s GOP debate. Rubio and Cruz ignored each other almost entirely, choosing to instead fully focus their attention on the billionaire businessman whose surprising dominance of the 2016 race has shaken the Republican…

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Despite risks, Ben Carson not backing off Nazi, slavery examples

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On the eve of his party’s third debate, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson promised not to curb his penchant for using extreme examples to prove his points, such as equating abortion with slavery and comparing Islamic State fighters to patriots of the American Revolution. “I don’t buy the PC stuf. I just don’t buy it,” Carson said in a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press. He said the country can discuss complicated issues as adults, and he suggested people could…

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Jeb Bush: Campaign decision “in relatively short order”

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Jeb Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind “in relatively short order” whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The former Florida governor will be in New Hampshire this weekend to speak at town hall-style meetings at two businesses and at a GOP event. He will also attend a night event called Politics and Pies and a morning event called Politics and Eggs, he said. “Typical day in New Hampshire, apparently,” Bush told reporters Thursday…

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Pam Bondi endorsed by Associated Industries

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Pam Bondi, the ex-Hillsborough County prosector, has picked up the endorsement of Associated Industries of Florida in her bid for the Republican nomination for attorney general. In a statement accompanying the endorsement, AIF President Barney Bishop called her “a fresh face in Florida politics …  Ideologically and philosophically, she stands with Florida’s business community and her views on how to run the attorney general’s office closely align with ours.”

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Marco Rubio would repeal health-care reform

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U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio said today he’d support legislation to repeal any health-care reform plan that may pass this year. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has signed on to the conservative Club for Growth’s “Repeal It!” campaign, an effort that would seek to undo any health-care bill passed by Democrats in Congress. Rubio, who is challenging Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican nomination, says the proposed health-care bill runs “contrary to the principles of limited government that have…

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