Sunshine State News feed http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/admin/content/stories en Rupert Murdoch Praises Jeb Bush and Other 2016 Hopefuls http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rupert-murdoch-praises-jeb-bush-and-other-2016-hopefuls Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox, appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business Network on Thursday and had kind words for two Republicans from Florida looking at running for the presidency. <br /><br />“I am intrigued with the whole process that is happening,” Murdoch said.  “Who is going to run against Hillary on the Democratic side? If they do they will run way to the left. Will they pull her more a bit to the left, or a rather centrist position? What could happen there, how will that affect the results. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rupert-murdoch-praises-jeb-bush-and-other-2016-hopefuls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rupert-murdoch-praises-jeb-bush-and-other-2016-hopefuls#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:59:05 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926335 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Steve Southerland Pins Obamacare on Gwen Graham in TV Ad http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/steve-southerland-pins-obamacare-gwen-graham-tv-ad U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., released a new TV ad on Thursday linking Democrat Gwen Graham to U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and to President Barack Obama’s health-care law. <br /><br /><div class="pp_media alignnone"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="1" class=" swfobject">Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.</div> </div> </div></div> <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/steve-southerland-pins-obamacare-gwen-graham-tv-ad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/steve-southerland-pins-obamacare-gwen-graham-tv-ad#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:57:27 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926293 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Jeff Atwater Stays Positive in Web Video http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jeff-atwater-stays-positive-web-video State CFO Jeff Atwater probably has the easiest electoral assignment of all the Florida Cabinet members come November and polls show him with a huge lead over Democrat Will Rankin. Atwater is staying positive in his campaigning so far this election cycle. On Thursday, Atwater’s team showcased a Web video in which the CFO talks about his experiences going to Omaha Beach on the 50th anniversary of D-Day back in 1994 and how it motivated him to enter public service. Atwater visited Omaha Beach with his father who was a B-51 Mustang pilot during World War Two<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jeff-atwater-stays-positive-web-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jeff-atwater-stays-positive-web-video#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:33:06 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926276 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott Names Jimmy Patronis, Keeps Julie Brown on PSC http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-names-jimmy-patronis-keeps-julie-brown-psc On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott announced he was appointing state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) and keeping Julie Brown on it. <br /><br />First elected to represent parts of the Panhandle and the Big Bend back in 2006, Patronis faces term limits in November. Earlier this year, Patronois ended a bid to replace current Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Ft. Walton Beach, in the Florida Senate in 2016. Replacing Eduardo Balbis on the PSC, Patronis will start his new assignment in January 2015 and will serve for four years. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-names-jimmy-patronis-keeps-julie-brown-psc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-names-jimmy-patronis-keeps-julie-brown-psc#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:54:12 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926231 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com NRA Stands Behind Rick Scott for Re-election http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nra-stands-behind-rick-scott-reelection The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) announced on Thursday it was backing Gov. Rick Scott for a second term, citing his strong record on the Second Amendment. <br /><br />“Rick Scott has an unmatched record of support for the Second Amendment in Florida,” said Chris Cox, the NRA-PVF’s chairman. “Rick has signed more pro-gun bills into law in one term than any other governor in Florida history. Law-abiding gun owners in Florida have a true friend in Rick Scott.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nra-stands-behind-rick-scott-reelection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/nra-stands-behind-rick-scott-reelection#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:44:57 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926168 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott Gets Support of Florida Forestry Association http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-gets-support-florida-forestry-association The Florida Forestry Association (FFA) announced on Thursday it was backing Gov. Rick Scott for re-election. <br /><br />In the endorsement, Alan Shelby, the FFA’s executive vice president, pointed toward Scott’s work on the greenbelt assessment for agricultural land taxes. <br /><br />"Gov. Scott understands that working forests work for Florida," said Shelby. "We appreciate his support of our industry's importance to the state's environment and economy.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-gets-support-florida-forestry-association" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-gets-support-florida-forestry-association#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:31:48 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926164 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Newt Gingrich Jabs NASA's Plans to Resume Manned Space Flight http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/newt-gingrich-criticizes-nasas-plans-resume-manned-space-flight While Florida’s leaders cheered the <a href="/story/manned-space-flight-resume-florida-2017">news</a> that NASA would rely on contracts with private companies like Boeing and SpaceX to resume manned space flight by 2017, the idea is drawing the fire of a prominent national figure: former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.<br /><br />The 2012 presidential hopeful published a piece at <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/opinion/gingrich-nasa-contract/index.html?iref=allsearch">CNN’s website</a> on Wednesday <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/newt-gingrich-criticizes-nasas-plans-resume-manned-space-flight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/newt-gingrich-criticizes-nasas-plans-resume-manned-space-flight#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:24:39 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926149 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Adrian Wyllie Makes His Case to be Included in Debates http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/adrian-wyllie-makes-his-case-be-included-debates Facing the real possibility of being excluded from the gubernatorial debates, Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie came out swinging on Thursday morning, making his case to be included. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/adrian-wyllie-makes-his-case-be-included-debates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/adrian-wyllie-makes-his-case-be-included-debates#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:10:20 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926146 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida Ranks in Middle of Pack in Reason's Highway Report http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-ranks-middle-pack-reasons-highway-report Florida is making progress but places in the middle of the pack of states on highway performance, according to the Annual Highway Report released on Thursday by the libertarian-oriented Reason Foundation. The Sunshine State placed 31st in 2012, up from 33rd in 2011 and 37th in 2009. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-ranks-middle-pack-reasons-highway-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-ranks-middle-pack-reasons-highway-report#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:54:18 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926139 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Carl Domino Claims Allen West's Legacy Against Patrick Murphy http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carl-domino-claims-allen-wests-legacy-against-patrick-murphy On Thursday, former state Rep. Carl Domino, the Republican challenger taking on U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in November, invoked the legacy of the man his opponent beat in 2012:  former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. Earlier in the election, West backed Ellen Andel over Domino in the Republican primary but she quickly dropped out of the race after failing to raise significant funds. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carl-domino-claims-allen-wests-legacy-against-patrick-murphy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carl-domino-claims-allen-wests-legacy-against-patrick-murphy#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:43:16 +0000 Kevin Derby 5926137 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida TaxWatch Launches Center for Florida Citizenship http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-taxwatch-launches-center-florida-citizenship Florida TaxWatch launched the Center for Florida Citizenship at an event at the Old Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday. <br /><br />The new organization will educate Floridians on their state government and encourage them to become active in state affairs. <br /><br />"To hold government accountable, citizens must be directly involved in its processes," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, on Wednesday. "The Center for Florida Citizenship will give Floridians the tools they need to understand government and take necessary steps to effect change."<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-taxwatch-launches-center-florida-citizenship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-taxwatch-launches-center-florida-citizenship#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:17:15 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925835 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Carl Domino Plays Action Hero in New TV Ad http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carl-domino-plays-action-hero-new-tv-ad Former state Rep. Carl Domino, the Republican nominee challenging U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., released a new TV spot on Wednesday which is more akin to the preview of a summer blockbuster than a political ad. Domino ignores Murphy in the ad, instead focusing his fire on President Barack Obama and Washington. <br /><br />“Our new ad highlights the kind of leadership ‘action’ needed in Washington,” Domino noted about the new ad. Domino is an underdog against Murphy who has been filling the airwaves with TV ads. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carl-domino-plays-action-hero-new-tv-ad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carl-domino-plays-action-hero-new-tv-ad#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:05:57 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925831 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ron DeSantis Sounds the Alarm on Arming Syrian Rebels http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-sounds-alarm-arming-syrian-rebels On Tuesday, freshman U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., sounded the alarm on arming rebels challenging the Syrian government. DeSantis noted that arming the Syrian rebels would lead to weapons in the hands of Islamist terrorists despite their efforts against Islamic State (IS) forces.  <br /><br />DeSantis wrote the following on Tuesday:<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-sounds-alarm-arming-syrian-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-sounds-alarm-arming-syrian-rebels#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:09:31 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925813 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Showcases Support of VA Reforms http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ileana-ros-lehtinen-showcases-support-va-reforms U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the dean of the Florida congressional delegation, announced on Tuesday she was backing three bills to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs which has been under fire in recent months after revelations of altered waiting lists at medical centers across the nation. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ileana-ros-lehtinen-showcases-support-va-reforms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ileana-ros-lehtinen-showcases-support-va-reforms#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:59:45 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925811 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott's Team Hits Charlie Crist on Small-Business Issues http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-team-hits-charlie-crist-small-business-issues With former Gov. Charlie Crist focusing  on small-business issues at an event in Boca Raton on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott’s team fired away at the Democrat’s economic record. <br /><br />Jerry Pierce, the Florida chairman of the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB) Leadership Council and Scott’s small business coalition chairman, came out swinging at Crist on Wednesday. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-team-hits-charlie-crist-small-business-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-team-hits-charlie-crist-small-business-issues#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:52:13 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925810 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida Leaders Applaud Manned Space Flight Resuming by 2017 http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-leaders-applaud-manned-space-flight-resuming-2017 This week, NASA announced new private-public partnerships to revive the American space programs with new manned space flight efforts by 2017.<br /><br />On Tuesday, at a media event at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA unveiled an agreement with Boeing and SpaceX to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecrafts will carry out the missions. Currently, with the end of the space shuttle program, the American space effort relies on Russia’s program to send astronauts into space.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-leaders-applaud-manned-space-flight-resuming-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-leaders-applaud-manned-space-flight-resuming-2017#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:46:19 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925797 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Gus Bilirakis: Another Broken Promise as Obamacare Funds Abortion http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/gus-bilirakis-another-broken-promise-obamacare-funds-abortion With the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releasing a report this week which showed President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law allowed public funds to go toward elective abortions, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., slammed the news, saying it was the latest in a series of broken promises on the law. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/gus-bilirakis-another-broken-promise-obamacare-funds-abortion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/gus-bilirakis-another-broken-promise-obamacare-funds-abortion#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:04:29 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925514 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Faces Uncertain Fate, New Poll Shows http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amendment-2-medical-marijuana-faces-uncertain-fate-new-poll-shows <a href="http://www.wfla.com/story/26543411/scott-widens-lead-in-govs-race-in-latest-exclusive-wfla-tv-poll">WFLA News Channel 8 released a poll</a> on Tuesday morning which shows the fate of Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana in Florida, is unclear.<br /><br />With the proposal needing 60 percent to pass in November, the poll shows 56 percent of those surveyed support it while 31 percent oppose it and 13 percent remain undecided on it. <br /><br />The poll, which was taken by Survey USA, had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent. <br /><br /><br /> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amendment-2-medical-marijuana-faces-uncertain-fate-new-poll-shows#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:18 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925479 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott's Lead Grows Over Charlie Crist in New Poll http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-lead-grows-over-charlie-crist-new-poll <a href="http://www.wfla.com/story/26543411/scott-widens-lead-in-govs-race-in-latest-exclusive-wfla-tv-poll">WFLA News Channel 8 released a poll </a>on Tuesday morning which shows Gov. Rick Scott increasing his lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist. <br /><br />Scott takes 44 percent while Crist garners 39 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 7 percent while 9 percent remain undecided. <br /><br />Two weeks ago, Scott led 45 percent to 44 percent. This marks the first WFLA poll which had Crist below 40 percent. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-lead-grows-over-charlie-crist-new-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-lead-grows-over-charlie-crist-new-poll#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:46:18 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925470 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Marco Rubio Urges John Kerry to Stand Up to China on Hong Kong http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/marco-rubio-urges-john-kerry-stand-china-hong-kong China has been on the foreign policy backburner in recent months as the Middle East and other hot spots command more attention. But, as the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to stand up to China’s creeping influence over Hong Kong. <br /><br />Rubio wrote Kerry on Monday taking exception to China refusing to allow Hong Kong to choose its own chief executive and rely instead on candidates selected by the communist regime. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/marco-rubio-urges-john-kerry-stand-china-hong-kong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/marco-rubio-urges-john-kerry-stand-china-hong-kong#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:09:23 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925463 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Mel Martinez Replaces Jeb Bush Leading USGLC's Florida Efforts http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mel-martinez-replaces-jeb-bush-leading-usglcs-florida-efforts Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., is replacing former Gov. Jeb Bush as the co-chairman of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) Florida Advisory Committee. The USGLC is backed by 400 businesses and nonprofits and supports more federal funding for the State Department and foreign affairs, greater support for Israel and an active foreign policy. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mel-martinez-replaces-jeb-bush-leading-usglcs-florida-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mel-martinez-replaces-jeb-bush-leading-usglcs-florida-efforts#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:18:23 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925456 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Allen West Makes More GOP Endorsements, Left Fires Away http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/allen-west-makes-more-gop-endorsements-draws-fire-left Through his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., continues to remain active at the national level. Last week, West endorsed Republican challengers Martha McSally who is running against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, R-Ariz., Steve Russell who is running for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., who is running for the U.S. Senate, and Dan Sullivan who is running against U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. <br /><br />West is also drawing fire from Democrats and is welcoming the attacks. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/allen-west-makes-more-gop-endorsements-draws-fire-left" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/allen-west-makes-more-gop-endorsements-draws-fire-left#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:10:53 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925455 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Steve Southerland Again Paints Gwen Graham as D.C. Insider http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/steve-southerland-paints-gwen-graham-washington-insider U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., took off the gloves on Monday and went after Democratic challenger Gwen Graham. <br /><br />Southerland’s team followed up on attacks made against Graham last week, hitting her for her work for a Washington law firm and her role on Democratic presidential campaigns and <a href="http://southerlandforcongress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Gwen-Resume-page-001.jpg">releasing their take on her resume</a>. While Graham denies she worked as a lobbyist for a law firm based out of Washington, Southerland’s team insists she did. <br /> <p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/steve-southerland-paints-gwen-graham-washington-insider" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/steve-southerland-paints-gwen-graham-washington-insider#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:44:30 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925238 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Sunshine State News on Newsmax TV http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/sunshine-state-news-newsmax-tv Your humble blogger took to the national airwaves on Monday afternoon to talk with Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV. We talked about the big showdown between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist as well as other contests across the nation in the following clip. <br /><br /><div class="pp_media alignleft"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-2" class="media-youtube"> <div id="2" class=" swfobject">Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.</div> </div> </div></div> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/sunshine-state-news-newsmax-tv#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:12:02 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925226 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Carlos Curbelo Releases Campaign Poll Showing Lead Over Joe Garcia http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-releases-campaign-poll-showing-lead-over-joe-garcia On Monday, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo released a poll taken by his campaign as he continues his bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in November. Garcia ranks as one of the top Republican targets in the nation. <br /><br />The poll from McLaughlin Associates shows Curbelo taking 44 percent with 40 percent backing Garcia and 16 percent still undecided. Back in May, McLaughlin had a poll showing Garcia up 46 percent to 39 percent. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-releases-campaign-poll-showing-lead-over-joe-garcia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-curbelo-releases-campaign-poll-showing-lead-over-joe-garcia#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:48:57 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925144 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Dan Webster Takes Aim at Obamacare http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/dan-webster-takes-aim-obamacare On Friday, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., took aim at President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, insisting the White House broke promises on it and noting many Americans lost their benefits under it. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/dan-webster-takes-aim-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/dan-webster-takes-aim-obamacare#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:38:58 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925141 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott's Softer Side Showcased in New RPOF TV Ad http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-softer-side-showcased-new-rpof-tv-ad The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) showcases Gov. Rick Scott’s softer side in a new TV ad. The ad, which was released on Monday, ignores Democratic challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist and shines the spotlight on Ann Scott who talks about her husband’s background and personal experiences.<br /><br /><div class="pp_media alignnone"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-3" class="media-youtube"> <div id="3" class=" swfobject">Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.</div> </div> </div></div><br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-softer-side-showcased-new-rpof-tv-ad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scotts-softer-side-showcased-new-rpof-tv-ad#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:15:40 +0000 Kevin Derby 5925137 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rubio, Nelson Say Long Road Ahead to Defeat IS http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rubio-nelson-say-long-road-ahead-defeat Florida's two senators say the fight against the Islamic State (IS) is likely to be long and difficult, setting the stage for possible further military action in the Middle East.<br /><br />Speaking to CNN Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he hoped there would be no American troops sent to the ground in Syria, where President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening authorized airstrikes to hit.<br /><br />“I don’t think that’s something we need to do right away,” he said. “We need to be honest with the American people. It could require that.”<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rubio-nelson-say-long-road-ahead-defeat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rubio-nelson-say-long-road-ahead-defeat#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:31:28 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5924234 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com State GOP Ad Shows Charlie Crist's Flip-Flops on Women's Issues http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/state-gop-ad-shows-charlie-crists-flip-flops-womens-issues The hot topic in the Florida governor's race this week has been women's issues, after an ad released Tuesday attacked Gov. Rick Scott on trying to restrict women's right to abortions.<br /><br />But on Wednesday, the Republican Party of Florida struck back at former Gov. Charlie Crist, highlighting his flip-flops on abortion. <br /><br />The 30-second ad features a robocall of Crist circa 2006, where he defends his pro-life record. <br /><br />Check the ad out below:<p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/state-gop-ad-shows-charlie-crists-flip-flops-womens-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/state-gop-ad-shows-charlie-crists-flip-flops-womens-issues#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:51:09 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5923767 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Losing Steam in New PPP Poll http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amendment-2-medical-marijuana-losing-steam-new-ppp-poll A poll released on Tuesday shows Amendment 2, which would expand medical marijuana use in Florida, would pass by the skin of its teeth if the vote were held today. <br /><br />Public Policy Polling’s (PPP) new poll shows Amendment 2 getting 61 percent support while 33 percent of those surveyed are opposed to it. The proposed amendment needs 60 percent support on the November ballot to pass. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amendment-2-medical-marijuana-losing-steam-new-ppp-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/amendment-2-medical-marijuana-losing-steam-new-ppp-poll#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:50:45 +0000 Kevin Derby 5923553 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com