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Darryl Paulson: Florida’s congressional elections: The changing of the guard

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In a typical election cycle, about 90 percent of House members and 70 percent of U.S. senators win re-election. As has often been noted, Americans hate Congress, but love their own representative. In the 2016 congressional election in Florida, close to half of the delegation will be replaced. As David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report notes, “Florida is primed to have the most turnover in the country.” Why will Florida experience such unprecedented turnover? The answer: retirements, reapportionment and…

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Justin Grabelle boosts CD 11 race by $137K in Q1

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Republican Justin Grabelle announced Monday that he had raised more than $137,000 in the first quarter of 2016 in his campaign to take over for retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent in Florida’s 11th Congressional District. “We’ve had another successful fundraising quarter and with our strong grassroots organization, I think it’s pretty clear that our community is excited for a new generation of conservative leadership,” Grabelle said. “It’s really encouraging to have the support of my community, because I know…

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CD 11 GOP candidate Justin Grabelle reports raising over $111K since getting into race

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Congressional District 11 GOP candidate Justin Grabelle said Thursday he has raised $111,664 since entering the contest in November. “It’s really encouraging,” Grabelle said in a prepared statement. “Given that we announced a full month into the quarter and lost a few crucial weeks with the holidays, I was trying to manage my own expectations a little bit going in. As it turned out, the quarter went great, and we’re off and running. The whole team is fired up and…

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David Jolly gets endorsement of conservative Richard Nugent in Senate race

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U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent is supporting fellow Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Nugent is the conservative former Hernando County sheriff who since 2010 has represented Florida’s 11th Congressional District, covering the region north of Tampa through Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and central Marion counties. Jolly represents Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District. A member of the Tea Party Caucus, Nugent most recently gained notoriety for his clash with Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, which…

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DCCC singles out David Jolly on highway trust fund vote — even though Nancy Pelosi, other Fla. Dems did the same

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly caught fire from progressives Thursday over a vote this month on HR 2353, the short-term Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015. The Indian Rocks Republican was one of the 387 members of Congress to support a two-month extension of the highway trust fund. But singling out Jolly – who represents the mostly moderate Florida Congressional District 13 – may not have been the right thing to do politically. In a new radio ad launching this week,…

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Congressional Republicans send letter to feds: Don’t hold LIP hostage

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Six Republicans in Florida’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the acing director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services April 14, saying that supplemental Medicaid funding should not be held “hostage” for a statewide expansion of Medicaid. The letter — signed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis,  Curt Clawson,  Richard Nugent,  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and  Ted Yoho — asks that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services come to an agreement “in principle” by mid-April to keep Low Income Pool funding, which helps pay for…

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