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From his perch on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., announced on Tuesday he was introducing a bill giving President Barack Obama authority to launch airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces in Syria. Earlier in the day, Nelson said, after the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff, the U.S. needed to get active against ISIS.
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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., called for American action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces on Monday after video showing the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff, a Miami native, was released on Tuesday.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff,” Nelson said on Tuesday. “Let there be no doubt, we must go after ISIS right away because the U.S. is the only one that can put together a coalition to stop this group that’s intent on barbaric cruelty.”
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Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in what is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation come November, came out swinging at the Democratic congressman on Tuesday over foreign policy.
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At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., announced his support for Carol Platt, the Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., in November. Posey pointed to Platt’s background in the private sector as a reason why she will do well in Congress.

“Carol’s experience in business, balancing budgets, making payroll and having to make tough decisions will serve her very well,” Posey insisted. “We need more representatives like Carol with real-world experience and the guts to make Congress accountable.”
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been helping Republicans across the country as they look to flip the U.S. Senate from Democratic control in November. On Tuesday, Rubio waded into another Senate race as he penned an op-ed which appeared in the Lafayette Advertiser hitting U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., on a vote over sanctions against Venezuela.

Rubio penned the piece with U.S. Rep. Bill Caddidy, R-La., who is running against Landrieu who is considered one of the most vulnerable senators in the nation.

Rubio and Cassidy wrote:
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With Labor Day over and the general election season ramping up, President Barack Obama is shaping up to be an anchor pulling down Florida Democrats despite carrying the Sunshine State in the last two presidential elections.

A poll from Gravis Marketing released on Friday finds Obama is upside down in Florida with a majority -- 53 percent -- of those surveyed disapproving of his performance in the White House. Only 38 percent say they approve of Obama while 9 percent are unsure.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the heavy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination, starts off the 2016 election cycle with the lead in the key swing state of Florida over two Republicans from the Sunshine State.

A poll released by Gravis Marketing on Friday shows Clinton cruising over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in a potential 2016 match-up. Clinton takes 44 percent of voters in that scenario while Rubio lags behind with 35 percent. More than a fifth of voters -- 21 percent -- remain undecided.
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A new poll shows Amendment 2, a proposal to allow more medical marijuana use in Florida, is in good shape for the November elections.

The poll released Friday from Gravis Marketing finds 62 percent of those surveyed support Amendment 2 while 26 percent say they plan to vote against it and 10 percent remain undecided on how they feel about it. For Amendment 2 to pass in the general election, it needs 60 percent or more support from Florida voters.
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The Florida gubernatorial contest is a jump ball according to a poll released by Gravis Marketing on Friday.

The poll finds both Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist running even, taking 37 percent apiece. However, more than a quarter of those surveyed -- 26 percent -- remain undecided.

Most polls have shown the race tightening up as the double-digit lead Crist had last year has vanished.
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Banker Jay Fant was declared the winner of the Republican primary to replace Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, in the Florida House on Friday. After the Duval County Elections Supervisor held a machine recount and examined ballots, Fant beat attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner by 2 votes: 5,962 to 5,960.
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