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Sean Ashby Back for Another Try at Florida House Seat

Teacher Sean Ashby is making another effort to win a Florida House seat. Ashby announced on Thursday that he will run for the seat currently held by state Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Titusville, which represents parts of Orange and Brevard counties. Goodson is gunning for the seat currently held by term-limited House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Rep. Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, R-Orlando, who currently represents just Orange County, will run for the seat Goodson is giving up. 

Florida Getting at Least $3.25 Billion from BP Settlement

On Thursday, BP announced a settlement with the federal government and states impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf in 2010. Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday that Florida will receive at least $3.25 billion, including $2 billion for economic damages and $680 million for natural resource damages. Florida is set to receive at least $572 million from the RESTORE Act with another $250 million headed to entities in the Sunshine State. 

Vatican Sends Relic to the First Coast to Mark 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine's Founding

With the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine and the establishment of Catholicism in the United States being celebrated this summer, the Diocese of St. Augustine announced on Wednesday that, after talks with the Vatican and Italy, a relic of Augustine of Hippo, the theologian the city was named after, will be featured on the First Coast. 

Florida Establishments Make National Rankings of Top Wine Restaurants

Marco Rubio, GOP Senators Want Answers on Export-Import Bank Liquidation

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined a host of conservative senators, including two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, in writing Fred Hochberg, the chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, about plans for an “orderly liquidation” of the Export-Import Bank. Other senators who signed on to the letter were Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas,  Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and  Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Cruz and Paul, like Rubio, are running for their party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

Obama: John Kerry Will Launch Embassy in Cuba Later this Month

President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday the full normalization of relations with Cuba including opening an embassy in Havana on July 20. 

Ted Yoho Brings Out Condemnation of Syrian Strongman Assad

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, brought out a resolution condemning Syrian strongman Bashar Hafez al-Assad for using chemical weapons on the Syrian people. The resolution has the support of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North African Subcommittee. 

Rick Santorum Gets the Help of a New Super-PAC

Working Again PAC, a new super-PAC, launched on Wednesday to help former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., in his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination. 

Marco Rubio Calls on Obama to End 'Unilateral Concessions' to 'Odious' Castro Regime

With the Obama administration and the Castro regime agreeing to have embassies in each nation’s capital as normalization efforts continue, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized the decision. 

Mike Huckabee Unveils Plan to Protect Religious Liberty After Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Currently making his "Religious Liberty Townhall Tour" of Iowa, where he won the 2008 caucus, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., offered his response to the U.S. Supreme Court making same-sex marriage the law of the land in a decision last week. Huckabee, making a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, released his plan on how to protect religious liberty in light of last week’s decision on Tuesday afternoon. 

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