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A new poll found New Hampshire is Mitt Romney’s to lose.

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A member of the Republican congressional majority from Florida turned up the heat on President Barack Obama to get serious about three free-trade agreements currently stalled in Washington.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan urged passage of the agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Buchanan, Florida’s only member of the Ways and Means Committee, said that the committee was poised to move on the agreements, perhaps as early as next week.

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After whiffing on attacking former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts on health care in Monday night’s debate, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty attacked the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination over the issue on Friday.

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After watching the Republican presidential candidates debate on Monday night, a prominent conservative offered some words of praise for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Ken Connor, currently with the Center for a Just Society and formerly with the Family Research Council, and well-known to Floridians for leading the state chapter of the Christian Coalition and running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 1994, on Friday offered his thoughts on the Republican field and had some kind words for Paul.

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Former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts may be the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination -- but according to a new poll, he is hearing the footsteps of the newest GOP hopeful, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

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As he continued to campaign and fundraise in the Sunshine State on Thursday, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts -- the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination -- announced the support of three Florida congressmen and one of the leading figures of the state Senate.

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Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan cheered the House Judiciary Committee for forwarding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and urged the House leadership to schedule a floor vote as quickly as possible.

"We can't wait any longer," said Buchanan, who has introduced similar measures since first taking his seat in Congress in 2007. "The time is now for Washington to make the tough choices necessary to balance the budget for taxpayers today and for future generations."

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From his perch as chairman of the U.S. House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Florida Republican Connie Mack went to bat on Wednesday for three free-trade agreements currently stalled in Washington.


Mack noted that U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk noted on Monday that Colombia had met all labor rights requirements and called for the Obama administration to get serious in pushing the agreements.

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Businessman Mike Yost was the Republican nominee to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown -- one of the most prominent Democrats in Florida -- in 2010, and he hopes to do so again in 2012. By joining Republicans in continuing to oppose the constitutional amendments backed by FairDistricts Florida and approved by voters at the ballot last year, Yost is trying to make political hay in showing his support of those measures.

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed the balanced budget amendment which would require a supermajority vote in Congress to raise taxes and a three-fifths vote to raise the debt ceiling. It would also ensure that federal spending could not exceed 18 percent of the GDP.


Freshman Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, one of the co-sponsors of the amendment, weighed in on Wednesday afternoon.

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