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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) took aim at former Gov. Charlie Crist on his education record in a TV ad released on Thursday. Crist takes on Gov. Rick Scott in next week’s election.

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Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday showing how out-of-state patients seeking medical treatment in the Sunshine State helps the economy.

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As the Florida gubernatorial contest enters it final days, Quinnipiac University released a new poll on Thursday morning showing the race remains close. The poll of likely voters shows Democratic challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist with a slight lead over Gov. Rick Scott, thanks to a solid lead with independent voters who break the Democrat's way 47 percent to 29 percent. 

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) unveiled a new TV spot on Wednesday afternoon showing the many twists and turns former Gov. Charlie Crist has made in politics and on the issues. Crist, the Democratic nominee challenging Gov. Rick Scott in next week’s election, left the GOP in 2010 after being caught by Marco Rubio in the Republican U.S. Senate primary and continued his bid with no party affiliation. At the end of 2012, Crist joined the Democrats. 

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Is the needle moving in South Florida for two Democratic congressmen?

Prominent political pundit Stuart Rothenberg and Roll Call have made Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo a slight favorite over U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla. In Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rankings released on Wednesday, the race was moved from “Pure Tossup” to “Tossup/Tilts Republican.”

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On Wednesday, legendary singer Pat Boone and the 60 Plus Association, a group focused on senior issues, cheered Carol Platt, the Republican candidate looking to upset U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., in next week’s election.

“I’m still singing at concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Carol Platt,” Boone said on Wednesday. “Seniors can depend on Carol Platt.”

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Dr. Rudy Moise, best known in Florida political circles for his two unsuccessful bids in the Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Fredercia Wilson, D-Fla., announced on Wednesday he was backing Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a leading congressional Republican on foreign affairs, came out swinging at the United Nations General Assembly after it voted against the U.S. embargo on the Castro regime.

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With less than a week left in a close election against former Gov. Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott made a major jobs announcement on Wednesday with news that Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) will create 5,000 new jobs in Pensacola as it invests $350 million in the Panhandle to expand operations.

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist unveiled an ad featuring former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday -- -but the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) responded on Wednesday with a TV ad of its own showcasing where Crist once stood on Clinton. Back in 1998, when he was the Republican running against U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., Crist was a vocal opponent of Clinton, calling on the president to resign during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

 

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