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Tom Rooney faces raucous crowd at town hall meeting

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It took about three minutes for the majority of the crowd at Florida Congressman Tom Rooney‘s town hall meeting Monday to start booing about everything from the environment to health care. “You are supporting an appropriations bill to help clean up the Everglades. You recently voted to repeal a rule that allows coal companies to dump toxic ash in waterways throughout the whole country. Would you care to explain?” one man asked. “We don’t live in a perfect world,” said…

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Personnel note: Clay Hollis, Andrew Liebert join Department of Agriculture

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Clay Hollis and Andrew Liebert are joining the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Thursday that Hollis will serve as the director of external affairs, while Liebert will serve as the deputy legislative affairs director. “Clay and Andrew are both great additions to our team and their professional experience will make them tremendous assets as we fulfill our mission and serve Floridians,” said Putnam in a statement. Hollis has served in U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney’s…

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Tom Rooney blasts Weather Channel documentary: Lake O is not ‘toxic’

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A recent Weather Channel documentary alleging Lake Okeechobee “pollution” drew a storm of controversy among Florida scientists, farmers – and at least one U.S. Congressman. “Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee,” an online video posted last week, gives what many call an extremely inaccurate and incomplete picture of the environmental circumstances surrounding Lake O. The nearly 11-minute video places much of the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of Florida’s sugar industry. In the video, Weather Channel reporter Kait…

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Blaise Ingoglia rolls out more endorsements in Florida GOP Chair re-election bid

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Blaise Ingoglia has received the backing of nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress in his re-election campaign for GOP chairman. The Spring Hill Republican announced Wednesday that 11 Republican members of Florida’s congressional delegation have endorsed his re-election bid. “The organization Chairman Blaise Ingoglia put in place this past election cycle was crucial in delivering big wins from President-Elect (Donald) Trump and Senator (Marco) Rubio, our Congressional delegation, and the State Senate and State House,” said Rep. Ted Yoho…

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Richard El-Rassy: Keep Patrick Murphy on the bench

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On June 23, Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida’s 18th Congressional District walked onto the pitcher’s mound at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Baseball Game with hopes of beating the Republicans for the eighth year in a row. In fact, all he needed to do was hold the Democrats’ 7-6 lead for one more inning, and they would have yet another W in their column. Unfortunately for Murphy, many millennials in the crowd (myself included) were sick and tired…

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Donald Trump to return to Central Florida less than 24 hours after Monday night’s debate

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The U.S. Presidential election returns to Florida’s I-4 corridor early next week, with Donald Trump speaking at a rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Tuesday at 7 p.m.. The GOP presidential nominee’s appearance will come less than 24 hours after he and Hillary Clinton engage in the first of their three scheduled debates before the November 8 election. The trip is another occasion for Trump to focus on Florida’s crucial I-4 corridor, the swath of Central Florida that goes from the Tampa Bay area in the west to Daytona…

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Rebecca Negron qualifies for CD 18 ballot by petition

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Republican Rebecca Negron became the first candidate in the race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District to qualify to appear on the ballot via petition Wednesday, securing the 2,298 required verified signatures in the Treasure Coast seat. Negron, a Martin County School Board member, said the milestone was a testament to her campaign’s vigor and momentum. “I am encouraged and honored that I am now qualified to appear on the ballot to represent Congressional District 18 for the upcoming Republican Primary on August…

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