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From his perch as chairman of the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to keep Cuba listed as a state sponsor of terror even as the Obama administration tries to normalize relations with that nation.

Rubio wrote Kerry on Thursday and made his case.

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The team behind former Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Lenny Curry’s effort to defeat incumbent Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown weighed in on the University of North Florida (UNF) poll released on Thursday and they are pleased with the results.

Tim Baker from Data Targeting Research, a general consultant to the Curry campaign, penned a memo on Thursday in which he looked at the results:

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Running for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Sen. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, in 2016, Rep.Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, made his case to conservatives on Tuesday at the start of the new legislative session.

“While some laws are good and necessary, many are not,” Baxley noted on Tuesday. “Thousands of bills are filed every year and only a small percentage are actually passed. I believe this is a good thing! My goal in Tallahassee is not to pass more legislation to regulate your lives, but to kill bills!”

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U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., rallied his supporters behind Israel on Tuesday, praising
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress and warning about the dangers of a nuclear Iran.

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The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) launched the “Florida Mineral Rights Working Group” as they look to further energy exploration across the Sunshine State.

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Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) Florida chapter announced its “Five for Florida” legislative agenda on Monday, backing Gov. Rick Scott’s $670 million tax cut proposal while continuing to oppose public dollars being used for luring movie projects to the Sunshine State or to be spent on sports complexes.

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., took to the House floor on Monday to insist the Obama administration deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Ross traced over recent history from the Iranian hostage crisis to the 1983 Beirut bombing which killed more than 300 Marines and insisted the Islamic extremists running Iran cannot be trusted.

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On Friday, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., came out swinging at the Obama administration’s efforts to crack down on green tip ammunition.

Rooney brought out his Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act” on Friday. The bill would ensure the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and other federal agencies won’t be able to ban the manufacturing and sale of 5.56 mm/.223 caliber M855 green tip ammo which are commonly used in hunting. The ATF recently proposed to stop the manufacturing and sale of that kind of ammunition.

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On Wednesday, Florida’s two U.S. senators -- Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio -- joined together with eight other senators to introduce a bill updating the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program offering up to $5 million for information on the murder of four Americans by Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., weighed in on President Barack Obama’s plan to offer more regulations on the Internet on Thursday. Obama’s “net neutrality” proposal is before the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday where it is expected to pass on a 3-2 vote.

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