Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 12:25 p.m. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South

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Week 1: Cabinet picks contradict Donald Trump stands on some issues

The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump‘s Cabinet picks may reflect a slew of statements his

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Ben Carson nominated for Housing and Urban Development secretary

Palm Beach neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is Donald Trump‘s pick to be secretary of Housing and

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Ben Carson: “Don’t expect smooth sailing tomorrow”

In Jacksonville Monday, former GOP Presidential hopeful Ben Carson made his case for the party’s nominee, Donald Trump. That case: an urgent

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Duval Democrats win early voting by 4,200 votes, hold slender turnout lead

The Republican Party of Duval County knows now how far behind it is in the turnout battle. With early voting

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The Salt Shaker returns: Testing a pair of UNF polls

The saltshaker is back.  Due mostly to a hectic schedule, we put the Florida Politics saltshaker on a brief hiatus.

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Dr. Marc J. Yacht: Send back the clowns

As a child I loved the circus. Back then, they were still pitching tents. The circus wagons led by the

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Jac VerSteeg: Political timing favors Marco Rubio

It’s “Crazy Peak” time for Republican presidential candidates. At the moment, that favors two candidates with Florida ties: Donald Trump

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Bob Sparks: 30 days later, Sunshine Summit boasts full agenda

One month ago the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit was in the news for reasons other than those intended.

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Jac VerSteeg: Manufacturing lies is keeping campaigns alive

In his recent entertaining column on Context Florida my former boss, Tom O’Hara, reported from The Associated Press Legislative Planning

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Julie Delegal: The NRA has gone all the way down the rabbit hole

Rights, even those guaranteed by the constitution, are never absolute. Free speech rights don’t protect us from libel or slander,

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Bob Sparks: When likability and the desire for leadership and experience collide

Fifteen months before the presidential election, New Hampshire and Iowa is where the action is. That is true every four

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Martin Dyckman: GOP field stretches relativity to its limits

Relativity describes not only the immensity of the universe but also the small world of American politics. George Washington was

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Peter Schorsch: Is it time to bet on Jeb Bush again?

Earlier this week, POLITICO ran “5 Reasons to Bet $5 on Marco Rubio” and tried to make the case for a path to

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Bob Sparks: Poll shows presidential race slowly starting to take shape

Polling for the 2016 presidential campaign is a political scientist’s dream. It is not too bad for pundits, either. There

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Tim Bryce: So, who won Wednesday’s GOP debate?

CNN, of course, with probably the highest ratings in its history.  As in the Fox News debates, the ratings can

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Bob Sparks: Will Republican Party of Florida force presidential candidates to attend November summit?

The second GOP debate is history. In a few days, polls will tell us who did well, or not so

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Peter Schorsch: Answers to top 10 big questions in Florida politics lurch into view

If you’re keeping track of time, there is B.T. and A.T.: Before Trump and After Trump. At the beginning of

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Chris Timmons: The GOP needs a new Nixon plan for blacks

Let’s circle back to Jeb Bush’s National Urban League address from several weeks ago, because if a big, pointed word

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