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Nelson praises U.S. strike on Syria

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson was quick to support the American strike on Syria, saying "Assad must be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons."

UPDATE: Sen. Marco Rubio:

"Tonight, our commander-in-chief ordered our military to defend America's vital national security interest in preventing hostile regimes like Syria's Assad regime from using chemical weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. I salute the men and women of our Armed Forces who conducted this mission bravely and skillfully with our British and French allies. I urge the Administration to follow up with a real and comprehensive strategy for ending Assad's threat to his people, to the region and to U.S. security, and for countering Russian and Iranian support for the Syrian dictatorship's ongoing barbarity."

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Watch Jeb Bush give a touching eulogy for his mom Barbara Bush

Watch Jeb Bush give a touching eulogy for his mom Barbara Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of three speakers at the funeral for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, on Saturday in Houston.Standing at the lectern in St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Bush said, "As I stand here today to shar...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Miami lawyer files ethics complaint against Ron DeSantis

Miami lawyer files ethics complaint against Ron DeSantis

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Published: 04/20/18
Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘nasty drunk’ and whips up controversy in Northwest Florida

Roger Stone calls Barbara Bush a ‘nasty drunk’ and whips up controversy in Northwest Florida

The Okaloosa County GOP says it's uninvited Roger Stone from its annual dinner next month after he made disparaging remarks about former first lady Barbara Bush, calling her a "nasty drunk" and other things."It's tough to lose a speaker when you're t...
Published: 04/20/18
Did the NRA really suffer a setback with Florida’s gun control legislation?

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The National Rifle Association isn't shy about hating on the legislation that came out of Florida after the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting that killed 17 people.The NRA's Marion Hammer called the limited measures "political eyewash" that will only "punish...
Published: 04/20/18
With Tom Lee out, CFO race narrows to Patronis vs. Ring

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The decision by state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, not to run for state chief financial officer clears the way in the Republican primary for incumbent CFO Jimmy Patronis, whom Gov. Rick Scott appointed to the job and backs for election in November.I...
Published: 04/20/18
Ruth’s List and League getting new Florida leaders

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Ruth's List Florida, a Tampa-based pro-choice group that supports Democratic women for state and local offices, has a new leader: Pamela Goodman, a business executive from Palm Beach Gardens and the outgoing president of the League of Women Voters of...
Published: 04/20/18
Trump administration helps close nearly half of Florida’s resettlement offices, diverting refugees to DCF

Trump administration helps close nearly half of Florida’s resettlement offices, diverting refugees to DCF

Florida closed 12 refugee resettlement offices during the past year after President Donald Trump decided to cap annual admissions at 45,000, the lowest in nearly 40 years, according to Ana Ceballos at the Naple Daily News.Aside from turning away up t...
Published: 04/20/18
Bradshaw and Shanahan: Barbara Bush was role model who loved Florida

Bradshaw and Shanahan: Barbara Bush was role model who loved Florida

By Sally Bradshaw and Kathleen Shanahan, special to the TimesBarbara Pierce Bush loved Florida.With a son as governor, she was practically an honorary Floridian! No one was prouder of former Gov. Jeb Bush than his mom, and no one a more honest critic...
Published: 04/20/18
As Florida lawmakers consider special legislative session, statewide teachers’ union calls for more school funding

As Florida lawmakers consider special legislative session, statewide teachers’ union calls for more school funding

The Florida Education Association aimed to put Florida's political leaders on the spot on Thursday, calling for them to address school funding if they are all required to come back to Tallahassee for a special session on gambling issues."The Florida ...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18
Investment firms winning Florida pension business fund Rick Scott’s political committee

Investment firms winning Florida pension business fund Rick Scott’s political committee

From a new report by the highly regarded campaign finance watchdog group Maplight:…Scott, a Republican, began chairing the New Republican PAC in May 2017 and announced his former campaign manager would serve as its executive director. Soon afte...
Published: 04/19/18