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Andrew Gillum blasts Republicans for hiding ‘immoral disaster’ of Senate health care bill

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Andrew Gillum blasted Senate Republicans Tuesday for “hiding” behind its Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, an “immoral disaster” which is being written largely behind closed doors and without Democrat input. But the Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Florida Governor is not the only one. Gillum is part of a growing chorus of disapproval coming from both sides of the aisle. Several Senate Republicans have also criticized their own party, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who questioned the lack of transparency in…

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Republican Senate leaders raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in run up to primary elections

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Top Senate Republicans raised brought in big hauls through their political committees over the past two weeks according to newly filed finance reports. Between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25, Fort Meyers Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto brought in $142,500 through her “Protect Florida Families” committee, including $50,000 checks from Trilby Sen. Wilton Simpson’s “Jobs for Florida” committee and Sen. Bill Galvano’s “Innovate Florida” committee. Benacquisto’s PAC contributed $200,000 of its balance to “Truth Matters Inc.,” the committee behind ads attacking her primary…

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Florida legislators already at odds over new Senate maps

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Florida’s Republican-led Legislature, which has split this year over everything from healthcare spending to new congressional districts, could be engulfed in a new political firestorm. Legislators opened up a 19-day special session on Monday with the goal of redrawing state Senate districts. Legislative leaders called the special session after the Senate acknowledged in court filings that it violated the state constitution by creating previous maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents. But it didn’t take long for the latest round of…

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Bill Day’s latest: The widening budget gap over Medicaid expansion

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Both the Florida House and Senate released spending plans for the upcoming fiscal year, providing funding for everything from education and transportation to the newly passed Amendment 1 land-conservation measure. Beyond that, however, the two budgets could not be further apart; almost $5 billion, to be exact. Bill Day’s latest takes aim at this fiscal chasm, which rests on a single issue – Medicaid expansion. The Senate proposal includes a portion of the $50 billion in federal money for expanding…

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