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Senate continues to roll bill making secretary of state an elected position

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A bill to make Secretary of State an elected, Cabinet-level post advanced Wednesday through the Senate Rules Committee. Legislation by Fernandina Beach Republican Aaron Bean (SB 882) rolled through the committee with neither debate nor discussion. Historically, the Secretary of State in Florida was elected by the public, but that changed in 1998 when constitutional changes removed that position from the elected Cabinet of the executive branch. Bean has argued in committee meetings that four is an odd number for the…

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‘Little’ Marco Rubio holds big cards in Rex Tillerson confirmation

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We all remember when presidential candidate Donald Trump stuck Republican opponent Marco Rubio with the label of “Little Marco.” It’s hard to say if that insult led directly to Trump’s sizable thumping of Rubio in the Florida primary, but it’s worth mentioning because “Little” Marco holds perhaps the biggest card in Trump’s push to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Rubio sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Tillerson is expected to appear Wednesday as part of the…

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Madeleine Albright campaigning for Hillary Clinton in South Florida

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Madeleine Albright is hitting the campaign trail. The former secretary of state will kick off a two-day campaign swing through Florida on Saturday. She’s the latest in a series of big-name surrogates scheduled to campaign in Florida this weekend. Albright will kick off the weekend with a canvassing event at noon Saturday at the Aventura Coordinated Campaign Office, 17971 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 201 in Aventura. From there, she’ll head to a canvassing event at 3 p.m. at the Lake Worth…

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Judge rebukes Florida’s top election official in ballot case

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A federal judge on Saturday issued a scathing rebuke to Florida’s top election official in an order canceling a hearing on a lawsuit over vote-by-mail ballots. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker accused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner of delaying a hearing on the lawsuit “so that he could use every second available to run out the clock” so there wouldn’t be enough time to address problems raised in the lawsuit. The judge also said Detzner’s actions amounted to an…

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Hillary Clinton targeted in ad from group tied to Koch brothers

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday makes her first appearance in a negative advertisement funded by the wealthy Republican donors tied to billionaires Charles and David Koch. A 30-second ad aimed at Internet users in South Carolina and Florida shows headlines about the number of veterans who have died while awaiting health care. Then it shows a recent MSNBC interview with Clinton, who said of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, “It’s not been widespread as it…

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By setting special election date in April, Charlie Crist complicates chances of health care reform passing

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Interesting point from Anthony Man: U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, resigned from his Broward-Palm Beach County congressional seat, effective Jan. 3. When he announced his decision in October, he’d hoped that sticking around until the beginning of the year would mean health care legislation would be done and signed into law by the president. But, as everyone knows, that debate bogged down and Wexler – a certain “yes” on health care overhaul – is gone. Enter Gov. Charlie Crist.…

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