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With the Legislature convening early next week for a special session to pass the budget, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) launched a new ad on Friday, urging legislators to stand against Medicaid expansion. While the Senate backs Medicaid expansion, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House are against it.

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) bashed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for spending Friday fundraising in Florida with trial lawyer John Morgan, noting his support for medical marijuana.

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Florida Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), introduced its financial team on Friday as it readies for the 2016 elections. The RPOF stressed that the list is only the start of its efforts.

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With former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Florida this week as she continues her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Republican National Committee (RNC) showcased a website on Thursday mocking her claims about being “dead broke” and former President Bill Clinton’s comment that they needed money to “pay the bills.”

The website notes it would take 417.7 Florida households to make the $30 million the Clintons made over an 18-month period.

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With special session looming next week, Florida TaxWatch released its “Budget Watch” report on Thursday and noted there are plenty of other issues outside of the budget that the Legislature should tackle.

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With President Barack Obama headed to South Florida to raise money, Gov. Rick Scott ripped into his decision to end Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terror.

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U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., announced on Thursday that his U.S. Senate campaign had around $1.1 million cash on hand and major Republican donors were supporting his efforts.

“I am grateful for the support my campaign has received,” DeSantis said on Thursday. “The Floridians I thank today have done so much for so many great causes. The support I receive through their efforts will help me spread my message throughout Florida.”

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From his perch as chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee which oversees the IRS, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., responded to reports on the major data breach at that agency, exposing more than 100,000 Americans’ information

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Getting ready for an event in Orlando next week where he and several other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination will focus on economics, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., made his case to Floridians for legalizing the import of medicines from Canada. Huckabee, who moved to Florida after his 2008 presidential bid, published an op-ed in Wednesday’s Orlando Sentinel.

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The Club for Growth, a PAC which supports free-market economics, championed a surprising candidate this week.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the Club for Growth is running a TV ad supporting U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who is considering entering the Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in the 2016 U.S. Senate race.

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