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Hurricane Matthew spares South Florida, pushes north

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Hurricane Matthew scraped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to a half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. Authorities warned that the danger was far from over, with hundreds of miles of coastline in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina still under threat of torrential rain and dangerous storm surge as the hurricane pushed north. “Remember, it could be the worst of…

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Republican Lange Sykes boosts fundraising lead in three-way HD 54 primary

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Republican candidate Lange Sykes boosted his lead in the three-way primary race for House District 54 with more than $7,000 in February contributions. “Our community is looking for a strong conservative message from a candidate who creates jobs and has signed both sides of a paycheck,” Sykes said Monday. “The House District 54 seat belongs to its residents, and continuing to remove the hurdles that penalize the private sector for creating jobs is our number one priority on our path…

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Maggie’s List hosting Vero Beach fundraiser Tuesday for Rebecca Negron, Sandy Adams

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Maggie’s List is hosting a significant fundraising event in Vero Beach Tuesday to support Rebecca Negron and Sandy Adams, the group’s first endorsed congressional candidates of 2016. Negron is running for Florida’s 18th Congressional District; Adams is seeking the 6th District seat. Maggie’s List is the national committee focusing on electing conservative women to federal office. Negron, the wife of state Sen. Joe Negron, is seeking the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, which covers Martin, St.…

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Legislators pound FMPA after top officials fail to appear

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Senators and representatives serving on a panel that oversees state audits responded angrily on Monday when they were told that top officials at the Florida Municipal Power Agency were too busy to meet to discuss audit findings that described lavish spending and risky fuel trading schemes. And state Sen. Joe Abruzzo, a Democrat from Wellington who chairs the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, vowed that FMPA officials will be subpoenaed when they are requested again to attend a committee meeting. The…

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Erin Grall campaign announces Joe Negron endorsement in House race

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Attorney Erin Grall has announced that prominent Republican lawmaker state Sen. Joe Negron has endorsed her candidacy for House District 54. “It is very exciting to launch our campaign with the endorsement of Senator Negron,” said Grall in a Thursday statement. “It is truly an honor to earn the endorsement of a public servant we know so well and one so universally respected. Senator Negron’s record is an example of conservative solutions leading to opportunity, hope, and a future for our community. I…

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Charlie Crist: Lamest of the lame ducks?

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After a fundraiser for his U.S. Senate campaign, Charlie Crist is, again, away from the Capitol during the heart of Florida’s legislative session. Here is Governor Crist’s schedule for today, as reported by The Palm Beach Post: 10:30 a.m.: St. Lucie River and Estuary tour with Florida Environmental Protection Department Secretary Mike Sole, Sunset Bay Marina and Anchorage, Stuart. 12:30 p.m.: Indian River State College visit, Fort Pierce. 2 p.m.: Indian River County economic development roundtable, Indian River County Chamber…

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