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Looking to protect U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., from a serious challenge from Democrat Gwen Graham, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) unleashed a new TV ad on Tuesday bringing up her past. The new ad ties Graham to former Gov. Howard Dean, D-Vt., during his 2004 presidential campaign, calling her a “key aide.”

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Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, also noted that Graham went on to work for then U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., during the 2004 presidential campaign after Dean lost in the Democratic primaries.

“Gwen Graham has spent her career working as a political insider for extreme liberals like Howard Dean and John Kerry,” Prill said on Tuesday. “Now Gwen wants to go to Washington and continue to push Nancy Pelosi’s extreme agenda like Obamacare. We can’t trust Gwen Graham in Congress.”
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U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., took aim at President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law over abortion on Monday. In a message to constituents, Miller weighed in on his thoughts on a report noting public monies were used to provide abortions:

As a staunch pro-life supporter, I was outraged to see the recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finding that the administration has failed to prevent taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions in insurance plans offered on Obamacare exchanges. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has barred taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions, with limited exceptions only for cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is endangered. I, and millions of Americans, find it unconscionable for the government to spend taxpayer money on abortions. President Obama understood how important respecting this issue was, directly promising the American people, in front of a Joint Session of Congress convened to discuss his health care proposal, “Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

In fact, statutory language was included in Obamacare to require a separate payment for abortion coverage, so that taxpayer funds would not be used to subsidize abortions, and Executive Order No. 13535 was issued to "establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that federal funds are not used for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered)." Yet, GAO found that abortions are being paid for with taxpayer funds by more than 1,000 exchange plans across the country. And this only covers the 18 insurers that GAO studied, all but one of which were not billing separately for abortion coverage.

The administration needs to fix this immediately, and the Senate should take up the House-passed bill, HR 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would further the Hyde Amendment by prohibiting taxpayer funds from being used to fund any abortion whatsoever, prohibiting taxpayer funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion, and prohibiting any health plan that includes coverage of abortion from being eligible for Obamacare subsidies. This GAO report is an appalling revelation that yet another of the president’s Obamacare promises is being broken, and the American people can have little confidence that any of the president’s Obamacare promises will be upheld.
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Facing a tough challenge from Democrat Gwen Graham in November, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., took off the gloves and went after his opponent on Monday, saying she flip-flopped on Florida’s legal fight with Georgia over water headed to Apalachicola Bay. Southerland pointed to statements Graham made in the spring and at the start of August in which she questioned whether the legal fight was the way to go before changing her tune last week.
 
“Our oystermen and coastal communities deserve consistent leadership and a representative who’s willing to fight for them,” said Southerland. “Gwen Graham has proven she’ll provide neither. She’s argued for months that Florida’s lawsuit was not ‘in the best interest’ of Apalachicola Bay and only flipped her position in the election’s closing weeks. We can’t trust someone in Congress who will argue both sides of an issue as important as this. Georgia is working nonstop to steal our water, and I’m fighting tooth and nail to stop them. That was the case two months ago, and it will be the case two months from now.”
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is running strong with five weeks to go until the general election. Putnam faces Democrat Thad Hamilton in November who served on the Broward County Soil and Water Commission.

According to a poll from the  Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) released on Monday, Putnam holds a solid lead with 41 percent while Hamilton follows with 29 percent. Putnam has the support of the Florida Chamber.

The poll of 813 likely voters was taken from Sept. 18-21 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater looks all set for four more years in Tallahassee, according to a new poll.
 
The poll from the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI), which is affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, shows Atwater with a commanding lead over businessman William Rankin, the Democratic nominee. The Florida Chamber is backing Atwater in the race.

In the poll, which was released on Monday, Atwater takes 43 percent. Rankin trails behind with 27 percent support.

The poll of 813 likely voters was taken from Sept. 18-21 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

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A new poll from the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI), which is affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, shows Attorney General Pam Bondi in solid shape to win re-election in November.

The Florida Chamber is backing Bondi, who has a strong lead over former DCF Secretary George Sheldon, the Democratic nominee who served as deputy attorney general under then-Attorney General Bob Butterworth. Sheldon won the Democratic primary last month over Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale.

In the new poll, Bondi takes 48 percent while Sheldon garners 31 percent. Tallahassee attorney Bill Wohlsifer, the Libertarian nominee in the race, was not included in the poll.

The poll of 813 likely voters was taken from Sept. 18-21 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
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The Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI), affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, released a poll on Monday which shows Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, is a jump ball with five weeks to go.

The poll of likely voters shows 59 percent support Amendment 2 while 35 percent oppose it. To pass in November, 60 percent of voters must support Amendment 2 for it to be included in the Florida Constitution.

The poll of 813 likely voters was taken from Sept. 18-21 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
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The Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI), affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, released a poll on Monday which has Scott out front with 43 percent while Crist garners 39 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 4 percent while 5 percent back other candidates and 7 percent are undecided. The Florida Chamber is backing Scott for another term.

The poll shows both Scott and Crist are doing well with their bases. Scott is backed by 73 percent of Republicans while 72 percent of Democrats support Crist, who left the GOP in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate with no party affiliation before joining the Democrats in December 2012. Voters outside the two major parties go Scott’s way 41 percent while Crist takes 34 percent. Wyllie draws the backing of 8 percent of voters outside the major parties and 3 percent of Republicans and 2 percent of Democrats.

“Florida voters are smart,” said Marian Johnson, a senior vice president of the FCPI, on Monday. “They continue recognizing Gov. Scott is doing what he said he would do. More than 640,000 private-sector jobs have been created since December 2010, our education initiatives are working, and Florida families and small businesses continue to see opportunities for growth. The fact that a majority of polls throughout the last six to eight weeks show voters continuing to prefer Rick Scott over other candidates is a sign that his numbers are solid.”

“I believe a major reason Charlie Crist is visibly losing support is because voters are beginning to realize that Rick Scott’s focus on jobs is working and that Florida continues to move in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber.

The poll of 813 likely voters was taken from Sept. 18-21 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) released a new TV ad on Monday painting former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee challenging Gov. Rick Scott in November, as a flip-flopper. The ad mocks Crist leaving the GOP to run for the U.S. Senate with no party affiliation in 2010 before joining the Democrats in 2012. The ad also jabs Crist for changing his positions on President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, abortion and the federal stimulus.

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“I worked with both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott,” said Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, on Monday. “With Charlie Crist, I never knew where he stood on the issues because he made flips that would make an Olympic gymnast dizzy. But I could always take Gov. Scott’s word to the bank, because he’s someone who does exactly what he says he will do. There’s no doubt Charlie Crist is a skilled debater – that happens when you have a lot of experience debating against yourself.”
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Over this past weekend, gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian nominee challenging Gov. Rick Scott this year, focused on education and came out swinging at Common Core.

“School districts in Florida spend on average $12,000 per student annually. Some Florida school districts have budgets that exceed $1,000,000,000 ($1 billion),” Wyllie noted on Saturday. “Is the problem really that we’re not spending enough money on public education or is it that we’re not spending that money properly? The solution is to give parents the option to choose what is best for their own children and to create an environment where affordable, free-market education options can flourish.

“I will fight to repeal Common Core, and I will reject or nullify any unconstitutional federal usurpation of our children’s education,” Wyllie added. “My team and I are working on a comprehensive education policy that will improve education quality, reduce cost, and offer you more choices when it comes to educating your children.”

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At an event in Washington, D.C., on Monday, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., announced he was backing Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican nominee running against U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in November.  West, a favorite of the tea party movement who has left the door open to a comeback in 2016, made the endorsement through his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC.

“Carlos embodies the American dream and American exceptionalism,” said West, “We need voices like Carlos’ to bring the message of true conservatism to the Hispanic community, in order to articulate that it is through sound fiscal and economic policies, rather than government dependency, that long-lasting advancement and prosperity can be achieved.”

West’s PAC has endorsed 13 general election candidates so far for November but Curbelo is the first candidate from Florida to receive its support. On Monday, West promised he would back one more candidate in the middle of October.
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On Friday, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, named former state Rep. DeeDee Davis to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council. While her background is mainly in education, including being named Florida Teacher of the Year in 1990 and to the Florida Educators Hall of Fame in 1998, the same year she was elected to the House as a Democrat, Davis helped found the Pensacola Bay International Film and Television Festival back in 2003. Davis had been married to former state Rep. Buzz Ritchie and ran for the Florida Senate in 2000 but came up short against Republican candidate Durell Peaden.

“The people of our state are very fortunate to have the benefit of DeeDee’s unique abilities and insights in this important role,” said Gaetz. “Her strong background and expertise in education, the arts and economic development make a perfect combination of credentials for guiding and promoting our state’s growing film and entertainment industries.”
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Former state Rep. Carl Domino, the Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., released a new TV ad over the past weekend which showcases his service in the Navy and his commitment to securing the border. The new ad looks to link Murphy to “Washington liberals” such as President Barack Obama and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott said the state debt had been paid down by $400 million this year. During Scott’s time in office, the state debt went from $28.2 billion to its current $24.2 billion.

“During the last few years, Florida’s economy has experienced a tremendous turnaround,” Scott said on Friday. “By focusing on paying down debt, cutting taxes and eliminating burdensome regulation, we’ve created an environment where Florida’s private sector can grow. Since 2010, Florida has paid down $4 billion in state debt, Florida businesses have created over 640,000 jobs and we have cut taxes over 40 times. I am proud of the work we have accomplished, but we must remain focused on fiscal responsibility and job creation in the Sunshine State.”
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Gov. Rick Scott hit Jacksonville on Friday to announce GE Oil & Gas is building a new facility, creating 500 jobs and adding $50 million to the First Coast’s economy.

“The new GE Oil & Gas facility in Jacksonville will bring at least 500 jobs, giving even more Florida families the opportunity to live the American dream,” Scott said on Friday. “Last year we eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment in order to build up manufacturing in our state, and now businesses like GE Oil & Gas can save money and be more competitive. Florida businesses have already created more than 640,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, so let’s keep working to provide even more opportunities for Florida families.”

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown also praised the news on Friday.

“We’re excited that GE has selected Jacksonville as the site for a major advanced manufacturing facility,” said Brown. “We competed against a number of other communities for this great economic opportunity, and we won. It shows that Jacksonville is a city of opportunity and a great place to do business. My vision is to create jobs for Jacksonville, and we’re turning that vision into reality. I want to thank the City Council for its support, as well as our many partners who helped us secure these jobs for Jacksonville.”

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The Florida Council of 100 announced on Friday it was opposing Amendment 2, a proposal to increase medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State. To pass, Amendment 2 needs 60 percent on the ballot in November.

“The dangers of the use of Schedule I drugs such as marijuana are well-documented,” said Steve Halverson, the chairman of the Florida Council of 100, on Friday. “The provisions of Amendment 2 threaten Floridians’ quality of life because they are too nebulous, too loose and too lacking in common-sense protection from inappropriate and dangerous use.”

“The comprehensiveness of the recent Charlotte’s Web legislation demonstrates the extreme care and precision with which the issue of drug legalization must always be contemplated,” added Susan Pareigis, the president and CEO of the Florida Council of 100. “State policymakers are fully equipped to address such topics without cluttering the Constitution with dangerously ambiguous new programs.”
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U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., said he was happy U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving the Obama administration.

“I am happy to hear that Attorney General Holder will be stepping down from his post,” Yoho said on Thursday. “While his appointment was historic, his tenure at the Department of Justice left much to be desired. Although Mr. Holder did not leave the way I saw fit, I am just happy he left. I hope the new attorney general will gain the trust of the American people, follow the Constitution, and restore faith in the Justice Department.”
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The Florida Council of 100 came out against Amendment 1 on Friday. Amendment 1 would mandate the Legislature send 33 percent of funds generated from real estate document taxes to be used for environmental conservation efforts for the next 20 years. Estimates shows these funds would range from $700 million to $1.3 billion.

“The Council of 100 recognizes that protecting our state’s natural resources is a key part of enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of all Floridians,” said Steve Halverson, the chairman of the Florida Council of 100. “However, we should only amend our Constitution sparingly and thoughtfully and not use it to accomplish what can be addressed legislatively. The provisions of Amendment 1 can be dealt with legislatively.”

“Amendment 1 would tie the hands of our elected leaders, blocking them from optimally allocating tax dollars to citizens’ needs and preventing them from meeting those needs as the economy fluctuates,” said Susan Pareigis, the president and CEO of the Florida Council of 100. “Moreover, such appropriation by constitutional amendment would set a dangerous precedent by which other special interests would seek to further hamstring our policymakers’ ability to lead in a fiscally prudent manner.”

Amendment 1 needs 60 percent of the vote on the November ballot to pass.
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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), got in trouble earlier this month when she compared Gov. Scott Walker’s, R-Wis., record on women’s issues to domestic violence -- but a video surfaced on Thursday showing she made the same comparison in regard to Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla.

"It's Charlie Crist, the Democrat, that had my back,” Wasserman Schultz said after former Gov. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., won the Democratic primary last month. “Rick Scott has given us the back of his hand."

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Republicans fired back and demanded Florida Democrats denounce Wasserman Schultz’s remarks.

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz's outrageous attacks on Gov. Rick Scott are wildly insulting,” said Leslie Dougher, the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), on Friday. “Her comments are especially heartless because Rick Scott’s mother was going through a divorce from an abusive husband when the governor was born. Gov. Scott never knew his natural father because his mom left him before he was born. To suggest that Rick Scott gives women the 'back of his hand' not only grossly mischaracterizes the governor, it treats actual domestic violence victims as pawns in a political game. Allison Tant and Charlie Crist should condemn Debbie Wasserman Schultz's remarks immediately."
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Despite U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s controversial record -- including his role in the Fast and Furious scandal and seizing journalists’ records -- U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., praised him after reports emerged that he was resigning due to personal reasons. Nelson praised Holder for his efforts on voting rights and for his help on the Dozier School investigation.

“I have found Attorney General Holder to be an outstanding public servant with whom I’ve had the privilege to work on a number of issues,” Nelson said on Thursday. “Among them, he has led the fight to protect the right to vote for all citizens and that includes his recent letter warning Florida’s governor against any future efforts there to suppress the vote. And he also has been very supportive of scientists’ efforts to unlock the secrets of potential abuse at a now-shuttered reform school in North Florida. The president will miss his counsel.”
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From his perch on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said he was glad U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving office.

"Eric Holder's tenure has been marked by the politicization of justice, disrespect for the rule of law and Constitution, and suppression of the truth,” DeSantis said on Thursday after news broke that Holder, after almost six years in office, was leaving. “He will be remembered for being held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling the Fast and Furious investigation and for conducting a sham investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. President Obama could hardly do worse when naming Holder's successor; my hope is that the president tries to do much better. Our people need to regain their lost confidence in the nation's commitment to the even-handed administration of justice."
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is turning his eyes to New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary. Rubio has left the door open to running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

On Thursday, Rubio -- through his Reclaim America PAC -- emailed supporters, urging them to back former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who is running against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

“My good friend and former colleague Scott Brown is locked in a neck-and-neck race for the United States Senate in New Hampshire,” Rubio wrote. “A recent poll shows he just pulled ahead of incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. This is huge because it means we could actually take back the United States Senate this November.

“Winning this seat is vital for Republicans to flip the Senate and end President Obama’s free ride,” Rubio added. “The only thing worse than not winning majority control of the Senate would be knowing that we didn’t do everything we could to win. In New Hampshire we have a proven Republican leader working tirelessly, overcoming the odds, and beating a well-funded incumbent, but he cannot do it alone. He needs our help to finish strong and win.”

On Wednesday, reports emerged that Rubio will be heading to New Hampshire next month to help Republican candidate Marilinda Garcia as she looks to take down U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H.

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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie announced on Thursday he was bringing in attorney Luke Lirot as he looks to bring legal action to take part in the debates with Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist. Lirot has considerable experience on this front, having represented Reform Party candidate Max Linn in his efforts to be included in the 2006 gubernatorial debates.

"For too long, the Republican-Democrat 'duopoly' has controlled the conversation, and they have used their power to silence the competition,” Wyllie said. “Their attempts to exclude me from the debates is just another example."

“After meeting with Mr. Lirot, I feel he not only understands the battle we are willing to take on, but is as devoted to the cause of having the undeniable third option heard on the debate stage,” said Wyllie campaign manager Danielle Alexandre. “I feel he has the same vigor as all of our staff and volunteers do, to ensure that Adrian be on that stage. I could not be happier to have him join our team.”

Wyllie‘s team pointed to a Quinnipiac Poll released this week which showed their candidate at 8 percent and noted the 2014 debates were using a different standard than Linn faced back in 2006.

“The campaign is set to fight to make sure that we be included in the debates and we will not stand for our voices to be silenced by erroneous criteria set out to exclude viable alternatives in the race,” the Wyllie campaign noted earlier this week. “In 2006, the criteria to secure participation in the debates required only that a candidate poll 7 percent or higher. What has changed in our political environment to warrant such a significant change in their criteria? Why in 2006 was 7 percent viable, but in 2014 it is 15 percent?"

"The people of Florida are demanding a third choice, and we are going to make sure that their voice is heard,” Wyllie said on Thursday. “We will not go quietly."
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Florida TaxWatch released a study on Thursday looking at the Panhandle’s economy and how that part of the Sunshine State is poised for future growth.

"Florida is experiencing increased investment in all regions of the state, and as new companies develop and existing companies grow, they are recognizing the value and available resources of the Florida Panhandle," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch.

"TaxWatch research shows that in addition to expansion of the manufacturing and trade, transportation, and utilities sectors, increased investment in tourism marketing by Visit Florida is helping the Florida Panhandle to bolster its number of annual visitors," said Jerry Parrish, Florida TaxWatch’s chief economist.

The report can be read here.


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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie will launch his first TV ad this week, running it on stations in Tampa Bay.

"You have been inundated with attack ads about Rick Scott and Charlie Crist,” Wyllie says in the ad. “Sadly, they are mostly true. The good news is, you have a third choice. I'm Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for governor of Florida. I am in this race because I'm like you. I'm fed up with the politicians using money and power to benefit themselves while making our lives more difficult. I want you and your family to enjoy freedom and prosperity. Don't let them scare you into voting for more of the same. This time take a stand."

The Wyllie campaign plans to run more ads in October.

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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) pushed back on Wednesday against California billionaire Tom Steyer whose NextGen Climate PAC has been hitting Republicans across the nation with a new website.

“It’s time liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s agenda was addressed for what it really is: extreme, out-of-touch, and hypocritical,” said Gail Gitcho, a spokeswoman for the RGA. “Steyer struck it rich by investing in ‘dirty’ energy, and then did an about-face when it became politically convenient. Plus, what Steyer doesn’t want anyone to know is that he’s hiding his own personal political ambitions behind his faux advocacy. Steyer’s wealth and troubling connections shouldn’t be driving the debate in these important races, and this website will allow voters to separate truth from abounding fiction.”

The new site hits Steyer’s connection and his business record. Steyer’s group has been active in Florida, running attack ads against Gov. Rick Scott.
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A new poll shows Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State, is losing steam.

WFLA released a poll taken by Survey USA on Tuesday showing 53 percent of those surveyed back Amendment 2 while 32 percent are opposed to it and 15 percent are undecided. Last week, WFLA released a poll showing 56 percent backed Amendment 2 which needs 60 percent to pass on the November ballot.

The poll of 588 likely voters was taken from Sept. 19-22 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.
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Former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democratic candidate challenging Gov. Rick Scott in November, made up some ground in the most recent WFLA poll which was taken by Survey USA. In last week’s WFLA poll, Scott led Crist by 5 percent.

In the WFLA poll released on Tuesday, Scott leads by the narrowest of margins. Scott takes 43 percent with Crist right behind him with 42 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 4 percent while 11 percent back other candidates or are undecided.

The poll of 588 likely voters was taken from Sept. 19-22 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.
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Social and religious conservatives are getting mobilized across Florida with less than six weeks to go until the general election.

Vision America Action and Watchmen on the Wall, which is affiliated with the Family Research Council (FRC), will be holding events for pastors in Melbourne on Wednesday, and Tallahassee and Panama City on Thursday. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., who moved to the Panhandle after his presidential bid in 2008, will speak at the Panama City event and leaders from FRC and John Stemberger from the Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) will also be speaking at the meetings.

Huckabee is not the only former Republican presidential candidate who will be in Florida mobilizing religious and social conservatives before the election. The FFPC is hosting an event next month in Orlando with Gary Bauer who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) looked to tie former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democratic candidate running against Gov. Rick Scott in November, to President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law in a TV ad unveiled on Tuesday night.

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“Charlie Crist famously said that Obamacare’s 'been great!' but it’s clear that Obamacare isn’t great for Florida,” said RPOF Chairwoman Leslie Dougher on Tuesday night. “Obamacare is forcing Floridians to pay more for their health care and it's making it harder for Florida small businesses to create jobs.  Because of Obamacare, patients are losing their doctors and losing their health care plans, even though President Obama promised they wouldn’t. Charlie Crist’s love of Obamacare shows that he’ll use the Obama playbook of bigger government, higher taxes and skyrocketing debt if he's elected again -- a playbook Floridians can't afford.”
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