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Florida House Democrats demand Rick Scott speak up on CBO’s scoring of GOP health care plan

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Since the Congressional Budget Office said the Republican health care plan would raise the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott has been silent.
Florida House Democrats are now calling him out for his sudden reluctance to weigh in on a subject he’s never been shy about talking about before.
The governor has been a major critic of the Affordable Care Act and traveled to Washington last week to meet with President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the American Health Care Act.
Scott told reporters later he was “encouraged” about the Act,

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Illeana Ros-Lehtinen turns thumbs down on GOP health care plan

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
As conservatives mount pressure on Republicans in Congress to support the GOP health care plan, more moderate U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first to announce she is breaking ranks.
Ros-Lehtinen, of Miami, announced late Tuesday that she is concerned about the affects the American Health Care Act would have on the poor and elderly, and cannot support it, and saying, “this plan is not the replacement South Florida needs.”
“I have decided to vote no on the bill as currently written,” she stated. “The bill’s consequences for South Florida are clear: too many of my constituents will lose insurance and there

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If Donald Trump won’t man up, meet with teen, maybe Betsy DeVos will

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
President Donald Trump ought to give Jackie Evancho the meeting she asked for. He owes her bigly.
The sixteen-year-old musical prodigy performed the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration, adding a huge dose of class to the festivities and sparing a grateful nation from another round of DJ Ravidrums, Toby Keith and Three Doors Down.
Evancho’s political skills are right up there with her astonishing vocal chops. In the wake of Trump’s mean-spirited withdrawal of federal protections for transgender students, she took to Twitter, and to television, to politely ask Trump to meet with her, and with her 18-year-old transgender sister, to

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Florida ‘crossover’ congressional districts give Democrats glimmer of hope in 2018

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Democrats could be in for more election woes in 2018, according to a new post from political blog Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
In the post, author Kyle Kondik gives a rundown of the 2016 cycle’s “crossover” congressional seats – districts that voted for one party on the congressional level, and another for president.
There were 26 such seats in the 2012 cycle, and 2016 saw an increase to 35.
A dozen of the crossover seats sent a Democrat to Congress and backed Republican Donald Trump for president, while the remainder, including Florida’s 26th and 27th Congressional Districts, voted a Republican into Congress while backing

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DCCC puts 2018 targets on four Florida Republican Congress members

Monday, January 30th, 2017
Three weeks into the 115th Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has put targets on four Republican members of Congress from Florida: Brian Mast, Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Curbelo, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
The DCCC listed those four among 59 targeted nationally in a mid-term memo circulated to various Democratic allies.
The DCCC’s rival, the National Republican Congressional Committee, scoffed.
Mast beat Democrat Randy Perkins in Florida’s 18th Congressional District in November, succeeding Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for that Treasure Coast seat. Diaz-Balart won his third term in Congress when he defeated Democrat Alina Valdez in Florida’s 25th Congressional District. Curbelo ousted Democratic incumbent

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Florida leaders react to the death of Fidel Castro

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Florida leaders are reacting to the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera:
“Has it finally come? FIDEL IS DEAD! I pray this is beginning of a free and democratic Cuba. Wish my Abuelo & Abuela were alive to see this.”
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: 
“The day that the people, both inside the island and out, have waited for has arrived: A tyrant is dead and a new beginning can dawn on the last remaining communist bastion of the Western Hemisphere.  The message is now very clear to those who think

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Cubans in Miami, Hialeah take to streets in celebration of Fidel Castro’s death

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
South Florida cities are erupting in celebration of the death of former longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Sergio Bustos of POLITICO Florida reports that throughout Miami, a city of Cuban immigrants, can be heard shouts of: “Libertad! Libertad! Libertad!”
Cubans of all ages took to the streets in Miami Friday evening throughout Saturday morning party over the demise of the man they believe stole their homeland.
“Words really can’t express how I feel,” a Cuban man told NBC-6 in Miami. “My parents died waiting for this day. And I’m here I’m here to celebrate for them.”
Many celebrants were seen waving the Cuban

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Mac Stipanovich: Win or lose, Never Trump movement remains proud

Monday, October 31st, 2016
With Donald Trump still down in the polls with a week to go, the edifice of excuses designed to excuse his potential defeat is being hurried to completion.
To the foundation stones of voter fraud and a mainstream media conspiracy his campaign manager recently added treason, alleging that if Trump loses it will be in large part because he was stabbed in the back by the Never Trump renegades in the GOP.
That is a baldfaced lie. Never Trump did not stab Trump in the back. They stabbed him in the front.
Because Trump is a Republican only in the same sense

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Diane Roberts: Democracy in Florida remains lost in spite of new maps

Monday, August 17th, 2015
OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – They stamp their feet, they scream till they’re sick, and hold their breath till they’re blue. They act like 5-year-olds caught with their grotty little paws in the cookie jar, their faces covered in crumbs, as they swear they didn’t do anything wrong.
The Special – or Remedial – Session.
While all the other political kids get to have fun lying and money-grubbing, these poor little legislators they have to stay in and do the homework they refused to do earlier: drawing congressional districts that sorta-maybe-almost fairly represent the people of Florida.
Sen. Tom Lee pouted that the court

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Diane Roberts: Democracy in Florida remains lost in spite of new maps

Monday, August 17th, 2015
OCCUPIED TALLAHASSEE – They stamp their feet, they scream till they’re sick, and hold their breath till they’re blue. They act like 5-year-olds caught with their grotty little paws in the cookie jar, their faces covered in crumbs, as they swear they didn’t do anything wrong.
The Special – or Remedial – Session.
While all the other political kids get to have fun lying and money-grubbing, these poor little legislators they have to stay in and do the homework they refused to do earlier: drawing congressional districts that sorta-maybe-almost fairly represent the people of Florida.
Sen. Tom Lee pouted that the court

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