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J.C. Martin calls in chips for the Polk County Commission District 3 race

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J.C. Martin, a Republican candidate for the Polk County Commission District 3 seat, knows the value of hard work for his party and is learning the favors that can be stored up by it. He has an all-star cast of Republicans backing him for his Dec. 14 fundraiser including a personal appearance by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, himself a U.S. Senate candidate. Okeechobee Republican congressman Tom Rooney has endorsed Martin by way of lending his name to the host committee…

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Tom Rooney endorses Ron DeSantis for Senate

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Just a day after fellow Senate candidate Todd Wilcox questioned U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis’ foreign policy bona fides, the Northeast Florida Republican congressman scored an endorsement in the Senate race predicated on DeSantis’ national security chops. “I’m honored today to endorse my friend, colleague, and fellow veteran Ron DeSantis to the United States Senate,”  U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney said in a statement. “My highest priority as a member of Congress is National Security. As a former Navy officer, I know Ron shares my conviction that providing for…

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Vern Buchanan says ‘no’ to Senate run in 2016

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Florida’s GOP bench for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat just got one smaller as U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan took his name out of contention for 2016. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Longboat Key Republican plans to announce that he will instead focus on re-election to the House, where his tenure makes him a key voice on taxation and international trade. “The decision came down to where I could make the biggest difference in serving Florida and improving the lives of the middle class,”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.21.15 — Odds looking better for David Jolly for Senate in ’16?

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A week ago I spoke with someone close to David Jolly about the fact that the Pinellas County congressman was going to take some time to consider a candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016. There were and are a number of pros and cons, of course, for the still newbie Republican representative to contemplate in making such a momentous career decision. The biggest downside is the very real possibility that after yearning to serve in Washington for perhaps his entire…

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How the CD 13 race might shake out if David Jolly opts to run for Florida Senate in ’16

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Although David Jolly has now publicly stated that he won’t make an official decision about leaving his congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate until the 4th of July holiday, you can bet that he and his advisers are weighing the pros and cons of such a decision right now. One of his calculations simply has to be who might he be running against in a GOP primary. The other candidates in the mix: Fellow Florida U.S. Reps. Ron…

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Email insights: Tom Rooney takes on ATF

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Federal regulators took it too far when they tried to ban the popular M855 sporting ammo, says U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney. Now, in a new email blast, Rooney is promoting the steps he is making to ensure government overreach as that does not happen again. Public pressure forced the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to withdraw plans to ban M855. That close call drove the Florida Republican – as well as 40 cosponsors — to press the ATF, among…

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Uber bill greenlighted by House transportation panel

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz successfully steered legislation to formally legalize “transportation network services” like Uber through the House Transportation & Ports Subcommittee on Tuesday. Debate on the bill — heated at times — lasted about an hour and featured an unusual aspect identified by committee Chairman Tom Rooney: “This has got to be the first bill in five years that I’ve seen where every member debated the bill,” he said, just before putting the bill to a question. The bill passed by a 9-4 vote, with…

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