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Philip Levine invited to testify in Senate hearing

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has been invited to testify at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
In a letter dated Feb. 24, committee chair and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune invited Levine to testify in the hearing, titled “Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.”
Thune said the hearing would focus on the infrastructure needs of communities across the country, and that the committee is looking for testimony “on the policies required to help move people, goods and information safely and efficiently.”
The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday.
During

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Marco Rubio wimps out on town halls. Are we surprised?

Monday, February 27th, 2017
As we saw during the last campaign, Marco Rubio can be awfully good at not showing up. His latest no-show has nothing to do with his attendance in the U.S. Senate, though. Now, he doesn’t want to show up at town hall meetings because people might be rude.
“They’re not town halls anymore, and I wish they were because I enjoy that process very much, going back to my time as speaker of the house. I hosted over a hundred idea (meetings) around the state,” he said in an interview with CBS4 in Miami.
“But the problem now is – and

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Bill Nelson blasts Tom Price’s Medicare record

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Saying that U.S. Rep. Tom Price‘s views on Medicare vouchers and eligibility would be bad for senior citizens, Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson vowed Thursday to vote against affirming his nomination to be Donald Trump‘s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Nelson charged that Price’s support for a Medicare voucher system would lead to increased out-of-pocket costs for seniors’ medical bills and his support to raise the eligibility age to 67 would break promises to people paying into the system.
Price is a Republican from Georgia. Nelson declared his intention to vote against Price during a Senate floor

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Report: Randolph Bracy considering 2018 U.S. Senate bid

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Sen. Randolph Bracy could be eyeing higher office.
The Florida Times-Union reported Thursday that Bracy is considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2018. If he decides to jump into the race, Bracy would face sitting U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in a Democratic primary.
“I’m considering it; I’ll leave it there,” he told the paper.
First elected to the Florida House in 2012, Bracy won his Senate District 11 seat in November. The 39-year-old serves as the chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee and vice chairman of the Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee.
Nelson is the only Democrat in Florida elected to

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Bill Nelson to help lead new Senate panel on cybersecurity

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has created a new standing subcommittee on cybersecurity and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be the ranking Democrat to help lead it.
Little else is determined at this point. U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, chair of the Armed Service Committee, announced the panel’s creation Wednesday afternoon and appointed U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican, as chairman. Nelson, Florida’s Democratic senator, was appointed as ranking member.
The rest of the committee will be filled out and its purposes and schedule set as Rounds and Nelson work that out.
Nelson, a former member of the Senate

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Senate passes NASA bill too late, but offers statement of Congress priorities

Monday, December 12th, 2016
When the U.S. Senate passed a quadrennial NASA Authorization bill Saturday it was too late for it ever to get adopted, since the House of Representatives already had adjourned for the session, but the bipartisan bill with bi-cameral input was intended as a message to the Donald Trump White House about Congress’s priorities for NASA.
The bill made it clear that Congress – at least those who made up the legislature for the now-ended 114th Congress – wants continuity over the next few years for key space agency programs, notably those aimed at getting humans into deep space. That means continued

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Rick Scott considering bid for US Senate in 2018

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who challenged the Republican establishment six years ago and stormed his way into the governor’s mansion, now says he is considering running for the U.S. Senate.
During a wide-range interview with reporters on Tuesday, Scott conceded that “an option I have” is to run for the seat held by Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018. Nelson, the only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, has already said he plans to run for a fourth term.
Scott, who has already said he’s not interested in a potential job in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, didn’t lay out any kind

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New Florida poll shows Marco Rubio at 50%, Patrick Murphy at 43%

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio has a big lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy in Florida’s U.S. Senate race.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Rubio leads Murphy, 50 percent to 43 percent. The poll found 7 percent of respondents said they were either voting for someone else or didn’t know.
The latest poll of 884 likely Florida voters was conducted from Nov. 3 through Nov. 6. It has a margin of error of 3.3 percent.
Rubio has the backing of 93 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of independent voters and 8 percent of Democrats. The survey found 48 percent of respondents who said they

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Marco Rubio makes closing argument in new TV ad

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio is making his closing arguments in his final TV spot.
According to the Rubio campaign, 30-second spot, called “Debt,” is meant to discuss each generation’s “debt and duty to the next.
“America is the greatest country in the world, and keeping it that way is every generation’s debt to the next,” he says in the advertisement. “Today, our country is more divided than ever and our challenges are growing more grave, threatening who we are and everything we hope to be.”
He goes on to say the upcoming election “is about the future, and about keeping America the one

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Marco Rubio makes closing argument in new TV ad

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio is making his closing arguments in his final TV spot.
According to the Rubio campaign, 30-second spot, called “Debt,” is meant to discuss each generation’s “debt and duty to the next.
“America is the greatest country in the world, and keeping it that way is every generation’s debt to the next,” he says in the advertisement. “Today, our country is more divided than ever and our challenges are growing more grave, threatening who we are and everything we hope to be.”
He goes on to say the upcoming election “is about the future, and about keeping America the one

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Report: FBI investigating donor scheme tied to Patrick Murphy

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
The FBI is investigating an alleged illegal donation scheme involving Rep. Patrick Murphy, according to a new report.
The Hill reported Tuesday that FBI is investigating a scheme involving a wealthy Saudi family that supports Murphy. According to the report, the Hill found no evidence Murphy was involved in the alleged scheme, and the campaign declined to say whether he was aware of the probe.
“This complaint was written by a Republican super PAC willing to say anything to elect Marco Rubio,” said Murphy campaign spokesman Joshua Karp told The Hill. “Neither Patrick nor any current or past employees have ever

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Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy spar over policy, fall back on old attacks

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy tried to to focus largely on policy during a televised debate Wednesday, but neither man could escape from attacks that have dogged them for months.
Rubio was blasted for his attendance record, one of the worst in the Senate, while Murphy was criticized his limited record congressional accomplishments. And while neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump were anywhere near the Broward College stage, both presidential hopefuls loomed large over the debate.
The debate — hosted by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association — was the second, and likely final, time the two men shared

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Florida Chamber poll shows Marco Rubio with big lead over Patrick Murphy

Monday, October 24th, 2016
The race between Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy is anything but close, at least according to a new Florida Chamber poll.
The survey shows Rubio holds a big lead over Murphy, 51 percent to 37 percent. Eleven percent of respondents either said they didn’t know who they were supporting or refused to say.
The Chamber of Commerce poll was conducted from Oct. 16 through Oct. 19 by Cherry Communications. The poll of 507 of likely and newly registered voters has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
According to a polling memo, Rubio leads Murphy 52 percent to 46 percent

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Associated Builders and Contractors announce seven-figure ad buy in Florida, 5 other states

Friday, October 21st, 2016
One national organization is building up Marco Rubio in Florida.
Associated Builders and Contractors announced this week it made a seven-figure ad buy in Florida and five other states.
The issue-based ad buy is meant to highlight candidates’ positions on key issues for the construction trade organization. The organization is expected to air the spot on radio and as part of a statewide digital ad campaign.
The national organization endorsed Rubio in June, saying Rubio has “shown the commitment to free enterprise that Associated Builders and Contractors members know will best grow our economy.”
Associated Builders and Contractors unveiled one of its ads

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New poll shows Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy running neck-and-neck in U.S. Senate race

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Florida’s U.S. Senate race is coming down to the wire.
A new Quinnipiac University poll showed a dead heat between Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy. According to the poll, 49 percent of Floridians said they were backing Rubio, compared to 47 percent who picked Murphy.
The poll of 660 likely Florida voters was conducted from Oct. 10 through Oct. 16. It has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.
The newest poll shows Murphy is gaining ground on Rubio. In a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month, Rubio was leading Murphy, 48 percent to 44 percent. A similar poll

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Joe Henderson: ‘Checkmate’ in the Marco Rubio-Patrick Murphy debate

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
In the game of chess, it is called “checkmate.”
It is that moment when a player realizes their opponent just cut off their last route of escape.
I think that’s the gambit Marco Rubio sprung on Democrat Patrick Murphy during their U.S. Senate debate Monday night.
One of the best lines of attack for Murphy was that Rubio hadn’t committed to serving the full six-year term that goes with being a senator. The implication was this young man in a hurry was at it again, using the Senate as just a parking spot until he could accomplish his real ambition — winning

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Who won in Marco Rubio-Patrick Murphy debate? Florida voters

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio needed a chance to show he’s done something despite missing so much time at work, and he did so; Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy needed a chance to show he’s more than just a rich, pretty face running for the Senate, and he did so.
And Florida voters needed a chance to hear about more than just Rubio’s commitment to Donald Trump or Murphy’s trust in Hillary Clinton, and they did so.
Monday night’s first U.S. Senate debate at the University of Central Florida, produced by Orlando TV station WFTV Channel 9 and broadcast statewide, made

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Mother of Pulse victim criticizes Marco Rubio in new Patrick Murphy ad

Monday, October 17th, 2016
The mother of one of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims is sounding off in a new advertisement for Rep. Patrick Murphy.
The Murphy campaign released a new TV spot Monday, ahead of the first U.S. Senate debate between Murphy and Sen. Marco Rubio. The 30-second spot features Christine Leinonen, whose son, Christopher Leinonen, was killed in the June attack on the Orlando nightclub.
In the ad, Leinonen criticizes Rubio for not taking action following the shooting.
“He was shot nine times. He didn’t have a chance, and he’s just one of over a hundred people who were shot. He was half my heart.

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Mother of Pulse victim criticizes Marco Rubio in new Patrick Murphy ad

Monday, October 17th, 2016
The mother of one of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims is sounding off in a new advertisement for Rep. Patrick Murphy.
The Murphy campaign released a new TV spot Monday, ahead of the first U.S. Senate debate between Murphy and Sen. Marco Rubio. The 30-second spot features Christine Leinonen, whose son, Christopher Leinonen, was killed in the June attack on the Orlando nightclub.
In the ad, Leinonen criticizes Rubio for not taking action following the shooting.
“He was shot nine times. He didn’t have a chance, and he’s just one of over a hundred people who were shot. He was half my heart.

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Mother of Pulse victim criticizes Marco Rubio in new Patrick Murphy ad

Monday, October 17th, 2016
The mother of one of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims is sounding off in a new advertisement for Rep. Patrick Murphy.
The Murphy campaign released a new TV spot Monday, ahead of the first U.S. Senate debate between Murphy and Sen. Marco Rubio. The 30-second spot features Christine Leinonen, whose son, Christopher Leinonen, was killed in the June attack on the Orlando nightclub.
In the ad, Leinonen criticizes Rubio for not taking action following the shooting.
“He was shot nine times. He didn’t have a chance, and he’s just one of over a hundred people who were shot. He was half my heart.

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Democrats throughout Florida call on GOP opponents to denounce #TrumpTapes vulgar comments

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
A newly released videotape showing Donald Trump making crude comments about a married woman he tried to seduce is sending shock waves throughout Florida politics.
“I’ve said some foolish things,” the Republican presidential nominee said overnight Friday in a taped apology posted on Facebook. “But there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women.”
But Florida Democratic candidates statewide are not letting Trump off the hook so easily. Nearly all of them are calling for the Republican nominee — as well their opponents who support him — to either clarify their position or withdraw

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As national Democrats pull ads, new Associated Industries poll shows Patrick Murphy trailing Marco Rubio by eight

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Rep. Patrick Murphy remains unknown, and that could be problematic for Democrats hoping to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio come Election Day.
A new tracking poll from conservative-leaning Associated Industries of Florida showed 51 percent of likely Florida general election voter said they either had no opinion or had never heard of Murphy.
The numbers might be troubling, but the survey suggests Murphy faces a significant hurdle in Democratic leaning South Florida. In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region, 22 percent of likely voters said they had no opinion of him, while 34 percent said they had never heard of him.
Murphy has struggled with name recognition for months.

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Marco Rubio at 48%, Patrick Murphy at 44% in new Quinnipiac University poll

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
The race for the U.S. Senate is close, with just four percentage points separating Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy.
A new Quinnipiac University poll found Rubio as a slight edge over Murphy, with 48 percent of voters backing the Miami Republican. The survey found 44 percent of respondents said they were supporting Murphy.
“Sen. Marco Rubio has led in the polls for re-election since he changed his mind and decided to seek a second term,” said Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a statement. “But his margin over U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the

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Patrick Murphy attacks Marco Rubio’s attendance record in new ad

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Rep. Patrick Murphy is promising voters to “never stop working” for them in a new TV spot.
The 30-second spot, called “Office,” highlights Sen. Marco Rubio’s attendance record. In the advertisement, Murphy says the Miami Republican “too often … didn’t show up and failed us when he did.”
“To get things done, you have to show up. You have to work together,” he says in the advertisement. “Whether it’s protecting Social Security and women’s healthcare or growing the economy, we’ve got to start solving problems instead of pointing fingers.”
Murphy then says he’ll “never stop working for you.”
Rubio’s attendance came under scrutiny

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Marco Rubio endorsed by National Association of Realtors

Friday, September 30th, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio has scored the endorsement of the National Association of Realtors.
The Rubio campaign announced Friday that Rubio received a unanimous recommendation from the Florida Realtors RPAC Trustees.
“Senator Rubio has been a strong voice for realtors and homeowners, including an active role in the effort to protect the mortgage interest deduction and establishing fair and affordable flood insurance,” said Matey Veissi, the president of the Florida Realtors in a statement. “Senator Rubio has most recently been working in the Senate to push for passage of legislation to broaden the flood insurance marketplace and lower rates.”
Rubio announced in June

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Senate Leadership Fund takes aim at Patrick Murphy over Iran deal

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
A conservative super PAC is focusing on Rep. Patrick Murphy’s support of the Iran nuclear deal.
Senate Leadership Fund launched a new ad Tuesday aimed at highlighting his support of the nuclear deal. The 30-second spot, according to the Tampa Bay Times, will run on cable and broadcast in Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.
The ad criticizes Murphy for support of the Iran nuclear deal.
“They still chant death to America, help kill our troops and sponsor terrorism,” a narrator says in the ad. “But Patrick Murphy supports the dangerous nuclear deal that releases billions of dollars to Iran and puts

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Florida Chamber poll shows Marco Rubio at 46%, Patrick Murphy at 42%

Monday, September 26th, 2016
Another day, another poll showing a close race between Rep. Patrick Murphy and Sen. Marco Rubio.
The Florida Chamber Political Institute released a new poll Monday that showed Rubio and Murphy were locked into a tight race. The survey found Rubio was at 46 percent, while Murphy was at 42 percent. Eleven percent of Floridians polled said they were undecided.
The poll of 617 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 15 through Sept. 20. The survey has a margin of error of 4 percent.
According to the Florida Chamber Political Institute, Rubio leads Murphy among Hispanics, 46 percent to 43 percent. He

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Bill Nelson: NASA reauthorization bill requires feet on Mars

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
NASA will be required to commit to putting people on Mars in the latest U.S. Senate NASA reauthorization bill, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday.
The Bill, S. 3346, was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday authorizing NASA to spend $19.6 billion budgeted for the agency and setting a few new requirements, including that NASA commit to a human settlement on Mars.
That’s NASA’s plan already, though it’ll take 20 years.
Nelson, the Orlando Democrat who sponsored the bill, declared Wednesday that provision and others aim to set consistent policy at the agency through future presidential administrations.
“Fifty-five years after President Kennedy challenged

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Bill Nelson: NASA reauthorization bill requires feet on Mars

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
NASA will be required to commit to putting people on Mars in the latest U.S. Senate NASA reauthorization bill, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Wednesday.
The Bill, S. 3346, was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday authorizing NASA to spend $19.6 billion budgeted for the agency and setting a few new requirements, including that NASA commit to a human settlement on Mars.
That’s NASA’s plan already, though it’ll take 20 years.
Nelson, the Orlando Democrat who sponsored the bill, declared Wednesday that provision and others aim to set consistent policy at the agency through future presidential administrations.
“Fifty-five years after President Kennedy challenged

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Monmouth University poll: Marco Rubio 47%, Patrick Murphy 45%

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
The race for the U.S. Senate continue to be close, with a new poll showing just two points separate Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy.
A new Monmouth University survey showed Rubio is at 47 percent, while Murphy is at 45 percent. The survey of 400 likely Florida voters has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.
The survey found many voters didn’t know much about Murphy, a Treasure Coast Democrat. When asked their opinion of Murphy, 59 percent of respondents said they had no opinion. The poll found 27 percent had a favorable opinion, while 13 percent had an

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