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U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., continues to hit the Obama administration for its role when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups. On Thursday, DeSantis called for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter.
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Miami Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., was included in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC)  “Contender” tier of “Young Guns.” The “Young Guns” program was the brainchild of U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., U.S. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
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Gov. Rick Scott helped dedicate Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine on Thursday. Northrop Grumman is building two centers in Florida with 1,000 new jobs coming to Melbourne and 400 to St. Augustine.
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Yet another staffer left former Gov. Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign after a short period. Eric Conrad, who was announced last week to be Crist’s spokesman, has left the campaign. 

Republicans are already asking questions, especially after Bill Hyers’ short stint on the campaign at the end of last year.

“Eric Conrad, a casualty or deserter?” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry asked on Twitter. “Answer anyone?”
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On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., pointed to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers chiefs, insisting it showed why Congress needs to back more funds to dredge the St. Johns River and help JaxPort.

"What a 'giant step' forward for the Northeast Florida economy," said Crenshaw. "Dredging of the St. Johns River means more jobs, more trade, and more economic growth for the region; that's why I've stood 100 percent behind this project from day one. We've got a win-win that will grow the economy and create jobs for generations to come."
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U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., sounded the alarm for Republicans, urging the GOP to back immigration reform before President Barack Obama tackles the issue with executive orders. Diaz-Balart talked to the Washington Post and insisted Obama will act if the Republican-controlled House doesn’t.
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With less than a week to go in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress, Florida Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, went to bat for Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, on Wednesday.

Praising her as a “good friend,” Richter painted Benacquisto as a “dedicated” conservative.
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At a media event on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that 98 schools in Hillsborough County will share $8.47 million in bonuses due to their improvements in learning outcomes, either receiving an “A” grade or jumping up a full letter grade over last year.
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With Politico Pro (FYI: pay wall) reporting that attorney Jessica Ehrlich is now contemplating running again for Congress, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is noting that Democrats squeezed her out of a special congressional election last month to clear the way for former state CFO Alex Sink. Republican David Jolly beat Sink in last month’s special election. Earlier this week, Sink opted out of a rematch with Jolly in November.
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With less than a week to go until the Republican primary in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel’s mom is going to bat for the candidate. The Kreegel campaign sent out a mailer from Alberta Kreegel to voters across the Southwest Florida district in support of her son’s campaign.
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