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Senate President Andy Gardiner appeared in downtown Orlando Wednesday to promote the launch of the new Florida Unique Abilities partnership, an initiative that businesses can join to support hiring those with disabilities.
The automated poll of 950 Florida likely voters was conducted on Oct. 25. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percent. The poll showed 32 percent of independent voters and 59 percent of Republican voters were backing Young.

"Brian Mast is committed to being a strong voice for Florida small business owners," said Sharon Sussin, the national political director for NFIB, in a statement. "He knows that taxes, regulations, and the expense of health care are holding back small ...
The Florida Office of insurance Regulation has no plans to draft its own legislative fix for rising workers' compensation rates, but that doesn't mean regulators are ignoring the problem, Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said Wednesday.
Travis Hutson was a staunch supporter of Hans Tanzler in the primary. CSX President Clarence Gooden and his wife each gave $2,500.
Days after hurricane Matthew sent floodwaters surging through historic St. Augustine, the county's director of homeless services was panicked.

A University of North Florida poll released Thursday shows Amendment 2 is looking poised to pass. The survey, from the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab, indicates the medical marijuana amendment is now drawing 73 percent support.
Incumbent Gwen Graham, a Democrat, said she would not seek re-election after one term and is instead thinking about running for Florida governor in 2018. Dunn specializes in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer and is an army veteran, according to ...
On the same show where Hillsborough was knighted, Steve Schale, the self-styled "old grizzled veteran of Florida politics," came up with this factoid: The last Republican presidential candidate to win the county but lose the state was Calvin Coolidge ...
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown, a member of the finance Committee, continues to be plagued by financial issues related to a family businesses.
Charlie Crist has started to make his closing argument to the voters of Florida's 13th Congressional district. The Crist campaign released its fourth ad of the 2016 election cycle.
Jolly is running against Democrat Charlie Crist in Florida's 13th Congressional district. Unlike some Republicans, Jolly has not endorsed the Republican presidential nominee, and in fact at times has been quite critical of Trump, saying last December ...
A series of recent polls have shown a tightening in the U.S. Senate race in Florida, but two new surveys released Wednesday show Marco Rubio still very much on command.
Trump fans were energized with the release of a new Bloomberg politics poll on Wednesday, which shows the Republican nominee up by two percentage points over Clinton, the first poll of Florida in a long time showing him in the lead. The thought of a ...
Florida is acquiring 11,000 acres near Tallahassee as part of the largest conservation land purchase made by the state in a decade.
Democratic nominee Stephanie Murphy is out with a new TV commercial in the Orlando market, "Times Change," that seeks to portray Republican U.S.
Listen, I don't expect my voice in the wilderness is going to reverse the tsunami. Americans, who value convenience a bit more than they should, like early voting options, and the preference cuts across every political persuasion. Well, fine. Have it ...

Early voting commenced in Hillsborough County (and 49 other counties in Florida) on Monday, and by the end of the day, 18,887 voters had turned up at the polls, according to Supervisor of elections Craig Lattimer.
With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements - both on and off - the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Mia Simon is no longer a legislative ...
Neither U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown nor her chief of staff Ronnie Simmons are required to be at Tuesday's status conference in their federal trial.
An Orlando-based nonprofit says the state's Department of Corrections is wrongly trying to discredit a POLITICO Florida report showing that it "misled" the public ...
Florida insurance Commissioner David Altmaier outlined his legislative priorities Tuesday during an industry conference, promising above all to work with industry stakeholders in drafting responses to market pressures.
The Aug. 30 primary effectively was the election for a few Northeast Florida Republican candidates for the state House. Democratic candidates were not fielded in safely Republican House Districts 11, 12, 15, and 16; the Republicans now opposed only by ...
Melissa Cavagni, executive director of the Florida board, could not be reached at her Tallahassee office on Tuesday. The plaintiff, a recovering addict and alcoholic who suffers from depression, says he's a licensed attorney in Wisconsin and Arizona ...
... made appointed in the state Constitution after recommendations by the 1997-98 Constitution Revision Commission. The Florida Cabinet shrank from six members to the current three: the attorney general, chief financial officer, and agriculture ...
A secretive network of Democratic boosters intent on shifting Florida's politics from right to left has set its sights this election season on South Florida, where years of groundwork have helped create conditions that left several Republican ...
With his U.S. Senate race, Mr. Murphy's dishonesty and disrespect for the voters of Florida have now gained statewide attention.
Although Donald Trump's campaign manager admitted on Sunday that her candidate is trailing to Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, that wasn't the sentiment of some of his 15,000 fans who filled the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa ...
footerlogo.fw. Florida politics is a statewide, new media concern covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. Publisher: Peter Schorsch. Contributors and reporters: Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Jim Rosica, A.G. Gancarski ...
"Trump backs out of scheduled 1-on-1 interview w/ me after I decline to send campaign list of my questions," Tweeted Jax reporter Jenna Bourne Monday.
And in bellwether county Hillsborough, the only place in Florida to vote for George W. Bush twice and Barack Obama twice, Democrats won by almost 3,000 votes, or roughly 14 points (49-35).
Donald Trump rallied a fiery base in one of Florida's reddest counties in hopes of running up the score among party faithful.
Though the most famous Rummell in Jacksonville (Peter) did not give HD 14 Democrat Kim Daniels a donation (yet), three other Rummells lined up behind the former Jacksonville City Councilwoman, according to her latest campaign finance report.
Florida is considered one of the critical swing states this election cycle, with presidential candidates considering it a "must win" territory and recent polling narrowing the gap between the state's U.S.
The committee backing Amendment 1 took in another $560,000 between Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, all of it from Florida Power & Light.
She might be one of the most disliked presidential candidates in modern memory, but Floridians appear to support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for president.
Ryan Banfill (Large) The Florida Justice Association announced Ryan Banfill has joined the civil justice advocacy group as communications director.
August's primary elections did not produce a breakthrough for any of the contenders in the behind-the-scenes, internecine scrum to one day lead the Florida House of Representatives. Instead, the ... More than one political consultant, most with at ...
The "citizens for Principled Leadership" political committee gave Davis $1,000 on Oct. 10. The committee has also given money in the past to Republicans, including Sen. Jack Latavla, Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, and Rep. Debbie Mayfield.
The proposed change, which will be Amendment 2 on the November general election ballot, seeks to create a state constitutional right to medical cannabis in Florida. An internal poll recently showed 74 percent support; amendments need 60 percent ...
The Patrick Murphy campaign had more to cheer about Sunday after a CBS News poll showed the first-term congressman within striking distance of incumbent ...
MIAMI - Last month, Democratic congressional candidate Joe Garcia was recorded making a comment about the first woman to become a presidential candidate in his party's history.
Hillary Clinton 46%, Donald Trump 42% - A new poll by the Florida Chamber Political Institute shows Clinton leads Trump, 46 percent to 42 percent.
Tim Kaine is sounding a hopeful note that a Democratic White House could work with Republicans to bridge deep divides laid bare by this bitter presidential campaign.
Winner of the weekRick Wilson. The Tallahassee-based Republican/#NeverTrump consultant managing independent candidate Evan McMullin's indpendent ...
Clasping the $4,000 check that Orlando area real estate agents handed him, Rep. John Mica stood in the F&D Cantina restaurant and described his pathway to ...
The New York Times encouraged Floridians to support Rep. Patrick Murphy in an editorial released Saturday. The editorial backing Murphy over Sen. Marco Rubio comes just days before in-person early voting begins in more than four dozen Florida counties.
The Clinton campaign announced Saturday the Democratic nominee will hold a rally in Broward County on Tuesday. The rally, according to the campaign, ...
"I will start right away to help reform our system for Florida families." Among the notable names backing Smith are Toney Sleiman, a local strip-mall developer who takes an active role in Jacksonville politics, including backing Donald Trump heavily ...
About 30 minutes into Wednesday's presidential debate, Donald Trump was doing well. He was making points that were rational to both his point of view and that of millions of Americans.


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