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Fiscal conservative group Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) Florida chapter is sending out mail pieces across the Sunshine State against a Medicaid expansion proposal in the Legislature. While the House opposes the plan, a majority of the Senate is backing the Medicaid expansion.

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The Florida Cabinet unveiled a resolution honoring “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on Monday and praising veterans of that conflict.

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U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., announced on Monday she was backing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has left the door open to running for the seat which is currently held by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Expected to launch a presidential campaign in the weeks to come, Rubio has said he won’t run for a second term in the Senate if he runs for president.

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and a leading congressional Republican on foreign affairs, was part of a group led by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, that met with United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in England at the end of last week to talk about economic and security issues. and discuss opportunities to deepen the economic and security ties between the U.S. and the U.K.

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Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that almost 15,000 jobs were added in Florida last month, lowering the state unemployment rate from 5.7 percent in January to 5.6 percent in February.

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The Florida Hispanic Legislative Caucus named its leaders for the next two years on Thursday.

State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez, R-Miami, was chosen to serve as chair while Sen. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, is the vice chair.

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Democrats keep hopping on U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s, D-Fla., bandwagon as he runs for the U.S. Senate in 2016. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., announced on Thursday he was backing Murphy.

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With the U.S. Army planning to try Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who served in the Navy, was a military prosecutor and currently chairs the U.S. House National Security Subcommittee, slammed the Obama administration negotiating to release him in exchange for five captured terrorists.

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., was honored by the U.S. Travel Association on Wednesday with its “Distinguished Travel Champion Award." Bilirakis was joined by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Prtitzker; U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.

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As Americans gets ready to file their taxes next month, two Florida congressional Republicans brought out a bill this week to protect their security if they file online.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., introduced legislation on Tuesday forcing the Treasury Department to add tougher security measures, including security questions, for Americans who file their taxes online. Both Rubio and Yoho noted that Florida has been facing more identity threat problems than other states.

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