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Andrew Puzder withdraws nomination for labor secretary

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Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. The fast food executive says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that he was “honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity.” Puzder says “while I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team.” Puzder’s confirmation…

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New Senate Leadership Fund ad blasts Patrick Murphy for lying about, well, everything

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A new ad from the Senate Leadership Fund blasts U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy with a litany of what they say are his sins – lying, embellishing and not doing much in Congress. The criticisms have been leveled before by Murphy’s detractors and his opponent Marco Rubio – the ad says Murphy lied about everything from his business record to his education. “He lied about his education,” the ad states. “Murphy’s claims of business experience, outright false. Why did he pad…

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Independent Senate candidates angry, fired up over exclusion from UCF debate

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In the midst of the rallying college students and others at the U.S. Senate Debate at UCF came marching a man dressed in military garb, carrying an American flag and flanked by three men in dark suits. It was third-party Senate candidate Bruce Nathan. “My goal is to be noticed,” he told FloridaPolitics.com. “No-Party Affiliated candidates are never seen. I’m making a point. I drove two and a half hours to be here.” He claimed the polls showing favorable votes…

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Patrick Murphy listens to DREAMers’ stories, pitches immigration stance at Orlando roundtable

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At the Cafe Coabana, a crew of Young DREAMers got to sit down with U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy Monday morning for a roundtable event, sharing some of their stories. For close to an hour, Murphy listened to their tales of trouble and hardship — some came from Puerto Rico, others from Mexico, while still others were U.S.-born citizens from immigrant parents. They listed some of their concerns: the often-low wages undocumented immigrants earn, the threat of being deported, and the lack…

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Patrick Murphy endorsed by Planned Parenthood for U.S. Senate

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Planned Parenthood now backs Patrick Murphy in Florida’s race for U.S. senator. Their endorsement only boosted Murphy’s resolve on fighting for women’s right to choose and health care — two things he said his opponent, Marco Rubio, is against. “This is an organization that provides vital health care to millions of women across this country,” he said. “While Marco Rubio opposes a woman’s right to choose, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and has exploited the Zika virus to attack women’s health, I will…

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Florida 2010: A Senate Odyssey

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I swear Florida is cursed. Cursed in the way, the Trojans were cursed by the gods and forced to endure ten years of war because of Paris slurping on Helen. Florida slurped on George W. in 2000 and it’s been hell ever since, as if Zeus and Poseidon were just sitting around, like they did in Clash of the Titans, coming up with ways to torment the state. The latest Herculean task facing our state is replacing Mel Martinez in…

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Mr. Kendrick Meek talks to Saint Petersblog

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The call came late Tuesday night. It was from Ana Cruz, the ultra-connected Tampa political consultant helping to direct Congressman Kendrick Meek’s campaign for the US Senate: Would I like to interview Meek for my blog, she asked. She already knew my answer would be a resounding ‘Yes’. I had been e-mailing back-and-forth with Kenneth Quinnell, the progressive blogger who is now leading Meek’s efforts to connect with new media. Congressman Meek would be in Tampa on Wednesday to open…

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