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Fresh from campaigning with former Gov. Charlie Crist on Sunday, former President Bill Clinton is showcased in a new TV spot for the Democrat as he tries to defeat Gov. Rick Scott in next week’s election.

“A governor who fights for those at the very top or a governor who fights for families like yours, that’s the choice,” Clinton says in the ad. "Charlie Crist is known as the ‘people’s governor’ because he really cares about making your life better. Look, he didn’t cause the Great Recession, but he did work hard to get folks back to work and he cut property taxes and put more into schools. He got things done by bringing people together. It can be that way again. I hope you will stand with Charlie. He needs your vote today.”

When campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 1998, Crist, then a Republican, called for Clinton’s resignation during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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Despite being a freshman, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., could be moving up the Democratic leadership ladder as her name emerges as a contender to lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Roll Call reported on Tuesday that Frankel is a serious contender to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., in leading the DCCC, the Democratic Party’s chief effort in recruiting new candidates, protecting incumbents and coordinating fundraising and campaign efforts.

“I am focused right now on electing as many Democrats to Congress as possible for the 2014 cycle,” Frankel told Roll Call. “I will be honored to continue these efforts going forward in whatever capacity I can be most helpful.”

But Frankel did not tell Roll Call that she wasn’t interested in leading the DCCC. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will choose the DCCC chair. Other names in contention include: U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., U.S. Rep, Joseph P. Kennedy, D-Mass., and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is featured in a new ad from the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) running across the Sunshine State. The ad showcases Giuliani’s support of Gov. Rick Scott as he faces a challenge from former Gov. Charlie Crist.

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“I’ve met a lot of people in politics,” Giuliani says in the ad. “I worked for President Ronald Reagan. I was mayor of New York City. I was United States attorney for 2,000 years or something. I’ve met a lot of good people; I’ve met a lot of bad people. I’ve met people in politics that are wonderful. I’ve met people in politics that are OK. And I’ve met people in politics that I don’t like. I’ve never met a person in politics that I disrespect more than Charlie Crist.”

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The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a conservative group, launched a new TV ad running in Tallahassee and Panama City, hitting Gwen Graham, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., in next week’s election. The ad ties Graham to U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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“Behind Gwen Graham’s rhetoric is a campaign bank account full of money from Nancy Pelosi and her Washington leadership team,” CLF noted. “Given Gwen Graham’s history of backing liberal Democrats and welcoming their money, it’s no wonder she supports Obamacare.”

 

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A new poll of likely voters shows Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State, is in trouble in next week’s election.

Gravis Marketing released a poll on Monday which shows only 50 percent of likely voters plan to support Amendment 2 while 42 percent say they oppose it. The remaining 8 percent of voters remain undecided on the proposal.

For Amendment 2 to be added to the Florida Constitution, 60 percent of voters have to support it on the November ballot -- meaning if 42 percent oppose it, as the poll shows, it will be defeated.

“With only eight days remaining until the election, a powerful 8 percent of undecided voters might hold the key to whether or not this ballot initiative passes or fails to receive the mandatory 60 percent support needed to make a change to the state of Florida’s Constitution,” Gravis noted.

The poll of 861 likely voters was taken from Oct. 22-24 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

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Sunshine State News took to the national airwaves on Monday as your humble blogger appeared on “Midpoint” with Ed Berliner on NewsmaxTV. We discussed the role Christian conservatives will play in the 2014 elections, recount possibilities and key U.S. Senate races.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) released an ad on Monday attacking former Gov. Charlie Crist for accepting campaign cash from strip club owners. Crist is running neck and neck in the polls with Gov. Rick Scott.

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“Three weeks ago I called on Charlie Crist to return the donations he received from strip club owners who have abused and exploited women, and whose industry promotes sex trafficking, which destroys the lives of thousands of women in Florida,” Leslie Dougher, the chairwoman of the RPOF, said on Monday. “Charlie Crist tried to hide his dirty strip club cash, and only when pushed did he sheepishly admit that he’s refusing to return it. Crist is all talk and no action and his empty rhetoric on women’s issues is insulting but not surprising. If Charlie Crist had any shred of decency left, he would immediately return the dirty strip club cash.”

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Former Gov. Jeb Bush ripped into former Gov. Charlie Crist in an op-ed published Monday for abandoning a $1.5 billion plan to clean up and restore the Everglades to pursue his own political goals.

In the op-ed, Bush outlines how he spearheaded the Acceler8 plan which would increase storage and treatment reservoirs for the Caloosahatchee, St. Lucie and Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) regions.

Bush says the plan was on track to restore the Everglades until Crist came into office -- then the plan came to a halt. Crist stopped Acceler8 midway, leaving several projects unfinished and abandoned.

"Rather than focus on what the Everglades needed and the projects already under way, Charlie Crist had an irresponsible plan to spend $1.75 billion on land and assets that the state could not afford," wrote Bush. "From the day the boondoggle deal was announced, Everglades restoration stalled out, stuck in litigation and political controversy.

"Like many of his failed initiatives while in office, Charlie Crist’s $1.75-billion proposal to buy out the U.S. Sugar Corp. was nakedly political, lacked a thoughtful plan or vision for achieving results and contained astronomical hidden costs for taxpayers," wrote Bush. 

Since Crist decided not to run for re-election, Bush said Gov. Rick Scott took the reins and made the restoration of the Everglades a top priority. 

In closing, Bush said the governorships of Scott and Crist are widely different -- and Crist's is one Florida won't want to repeat. 

"In an effort to grab headlines, Crist undermined Florida’s history of comprehensively and aggressively working to restore the River of Grass," he wrote. "We know exactly what four more years of Charlie Crist would bring -- empty promises, petty political gamesmanship and initiatives Florida cannot afford."

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Facing a major challenge from Democrat Gwen Graham, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., played up safety issues in a new TV ad released on Monday.

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“The first obligation of government is to keep us safe,” the narrator of the ad says. “But look around: open borders, threats of terrorism, Ebola. Obama has no plan. Pelosi just points fingers.This election is about our safety, our future. Can you trust Obama, Pelosi and Gwen Graham to protect us? The stakes are high. Steve Southerland is the leader we need.”

“Now more than ever, we need representatives in Congress who are willing to confront challenges to our nation’s security,” Luke Strickland, Southerland’s campaign manager, said. “Steve Southerland has voted to seal our borders, authorized military action to defeat ISIS, and urged travel restrictions from West African nations ravaged by Ebola. That’s the type of steady leadership we need in Congress. We can’t afford anything less.”

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With barely a week to go in a close race against former Gov. Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott unveiled his plan for Florida’s future on Monday. Scott’s plan calls for $1 billion in tax cuts, $1 billion in additional port investments, adding $25 billion to Florida’s highways and roads, keeping college tuition where it is and increasing per-pupil spending. Scott’s 2020 plan can be read here.

“I get to travel the state every day and talk to people all over Florida about what they want – they want to move our state forward,” Scott said on Monday. “The Florida 2020 plan is just that – a clear vision to move Florida forward, to continue building our state to be the best place in the country to find a great job, start a family, and give our kids a world-class education.”

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From his perch on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., has turned his focus on the Ebola threat in recent days. At the end of last week, Bilirakis called for President Barack Obama to work with local governments in readying for the threat.

“I am deeply concerned about the threat Ebola poses to public health,” Bilirakis said on Friday. “In order to guarantee no further importation to the U.S., the Ebola virus must be immediately eradicated in West Africa. Here at home, the administration must coordinate with local governments and health-care providers in a proactive manner to ensure our doctors, nurses, and other health-care professionals have the training and resources available to adequately diagnose and treat infected patients. 

“I want to do my part to help our local health-care officials and first responders have the tools available to address any potential outbreak in the Tampa Bay area,” Bilirakis added. “I received valuable input from all of the participants, and have great confidence these men and women will do what is necessary to ensure public health and safety. I will continue to work in close conjunction with all appropriate federal, state, and local entities to ensure cooperation and the readiness of the greater Tampa Bay area."

To that end, Bilirakis hosted a round table on Friday to focus on the threat. Bilirakis joined other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday in sending a letter to Obama and other officials asking for answers on the threat.

“With a series of questions and recommendations to ensure that the U.S. response to the risks posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is as effective as possible in protecting the public health and safety of the American people,” the committee members wrote, “Congress stands ready to serve as a strong and solid partner in solving this crisis.”

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., takes aim at old rival former Gov. Charlie Crist in a new TV ad in Spanish launched by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) on Friday. Rubio links Crist to President Barack Obama in the ad and urges Floridians to vote for Gov. Rick Scott.

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“I was the speaker of the House of Representatives during the first two years of Charlie Crist as governor,” Rubio says in a translation provided by the RPOF. “It was a disaster, property values falling, people losing their jobs, very high unemployment rates. We can’t let this state to go back to where it was just five, six years ago, when he was governor, and we did not have any serious solutions. The only way for Barack Obama and Charlie Crist to be able to win is for you not to vote. I vote in this county and in a few minutes I will go to vote for Rick Scott and I urge you all to do the same.”

Despite Crist’s initial lead, Rubio caught him in the 2010 Republican primary in the U.S. Senate race. After Rubio took the lead, Crist abandoned the GOP to run for the Senate with no party affiliation. Crist joined the Democrats at the end of 2012.

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., offered a warning that Miami International Airport (MIA) needs to focus on Ebola preparedness. Conceding that it is unlikely that travelers from West African nations impacted by Ebola will be traveling through South Florida, Ros-Lehtinen noted that travelers from Latin America, especially doctors from Cuba, could be a different story. To that end, Ros-Lehtinen wrote MIA Director Emilio Gonzalez this week.  

“Our community must be ready for any eventuality and that includes the possible spread of the Ebola virus from a Latin American country,” Ros-Lehtinen said on Thursday. “The Castro regime’s decision to send Cuban doctors in a thinly disguised propaganda attempt may put the region and South Florida at risk. MIA should have up-to-date equipment and plans to ensure that any Ebola outbreak is contained and managed in a professional manner to protect our community.”

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is hitting the airwaves in two states holding competitive U.S. Senate races as the GOP looks to wrest control from the Democrats.

Using his Reclaim America PAC, Rubio is running a TV ad in Iowa supporting Joni Ernst, the Republican looking to win the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Rubio has left the door open to running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and Iowa holds the first caucus that kicks off the procession of states that determine the presidential nominee.

Rubio is also running an ad in Colorado for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., the Republican candidate looking to defeat U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.

“These ads are up when it counts the most,” Rubio emailed supporters on Thursday. “Joni and Cory are in tight races against their well-funded opponents and we need to make sure that voters know they are the best individuals to represent them in the United States Senate.”

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From his perch on the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered his thoughts on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman who attacked the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday. In his rampage, Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam, killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

“Our neighbors to the north have a long history of standing by America in good times and bad,” Rubio said on Thursday. “Canada has been by America’s side in our struggle against violent jihadists. Since 9/11, Canadian servicemen and women have shed blood in the fight against Islamic extremism, and we stand with them during this difficult period and pledge our unwavering support as we join them in mourning the fallen.

“The attacks of recent days in Canada as well as the horrible attack on pedestrians, including Americans, on a Jerusalem street yesterday are yet another painful reminder that declaring wars to be over does not end them,” Rubio added. “Radical jihadists remain committed to waging war against anyone who does not share their warped ideology, which is why we must defeat them wherever they reside and work to reduce the risk of self-radicalization of individuals in our societies.”

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new TV ad on Thursday, hitting former Gov. Charlie Crist’s economic record. Polls show Crist, the Democratic nominee after spending most of his political life with the GOP, and Gov. Rick Scott running close.

In Tuesday’s debate with Scott, Crist brushed off attacks on his economic record, insisting he was not responsible for the bad times as the recession impacted more than Florida. The ad points to decisions Crist made as worsening the Sunshine State’s problems.

“Charlie made bad decisions that hurt people, raising taxes, cutting education and piling up debt,” the narrator of the ad says.

 

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Wednesday to chide U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s plans to send $150 million to the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) over its role in actions directed against Israel. The senators pointed to three cases of rockets at a UNRWA facility in Gaza and wrote Kerry to demand taxpayer dollars won‘t be used against Israel.

“Given UNRWA’s record and the absence of an independent investigation into its actions during the conflict, we were dumbfounded when, on October 12th, you reiterated, without any qualification, that the United States would provide more than $150 million to UNRWA programs in Gaza,” the senators wrote Kerry on Wednesday. “This blind support sends the wrong message to an institution that has already become far too dependent on the largesse of the American taxpayer and repeatedly failed to ensure that its facilities and resources are not used by terrorists who wish to sow chaos and instability rather than aid the Palestinian people.

“The United States should assist the people of Gaza as they rebuild after yet another Hamas-caused conflict. But this support cannot come at the expense of Israel’s security,” the senators continued. “We will not support the provision of future U.S. assistance to entities or projects in Gaza unless the State Department assures Congress that UNRWA or the relevant recipient entity has imposed independently audited accountability measures to verifiably prevent any U.S. assistance from aiding, directly or indirectly, extremists’ efforts to re-arm or lay the groundwork for future attacks against Israel.”

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Using his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., went to bat for Glo Smith, the Republican candidate running against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., on Wednesday. West included Smith in his “races to watch” list in addition to the 14 candidates he endorsed.

“These men and women are precisely what our nation needs in positions of leadership,” West emailed supporters on Wednesday. “They bring fresh, new veteran and minority voices to the national debate, but most importantly they stand steadfast for our constitutional principles of a strong national defense, unfettered free market and a government controlled by the people -- not the other way around.”

West offered his supporters a quick introduction to Smith.

“Growing up in the poorest part of Jacksonville, Glo was no stranger to poverty as a child,” West wrote. “Before her mother remarried, their large family was living off a single mother's salary and was dependent upon government assistance. For years, Glo's mother relied on government provisions and commodities to feed and care for her children. Regardless of the financial hardship, Glo was determined to succeed, was inspired to establish her career as a public servant.

“Glo obtained a master's of business administration degree and launched a 30-year career in public service and entrepreneurship,” West added. “As an entrepreneur, Glo started a small business. In an effort to help others succeed, she developed curriculum for the University of North Florida's Small Business Resource Center.”

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the stump for Gov. Rick Scott and lashed out at former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat in the race, saying “I’ve never met someone in politics that I disrespect more than Charlie Crist.”

 

 

There is some bad blood from the 2008 presidential campaign when Giuliani relied heavily on Florida and Crist backed U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Still, this is a good boost for Scott and not just because of Giuliani’s leadership on 9/11. Giuliani is no conservative by any means. During his time in politics, he was pro-choice. In 1994, Giuliani famously endorsed then Gov. Mario Cuomo, D-N.Y., over Republican challenger George Pataki. The Conservative Party of New York State (CPNYS), the party of the Buckleys, fought Giuliani tooth and nail in the Empire State. Whatever we think of Giuliani, he is no knee-jerk GOP cheerleader and the gloves came off when he went after Crist.

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Bill Herrle, the executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Florida chapter, came out swinging at former Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday. Herrle pointed to Crist saying in Tuesday night’s debate against Gov. Rick Scott that he was for raising the minimum wage even if it led to job loss.

“Last night'’s debate proves that Charlie Crist is more out-of-touch with small business owners than ever before,” Herrle said. “His short-sighted policy positions are small business killers. When he blatantly stated that he doesn’t care about the 50,000 workers who will lose their jobs when minimum wage is raised, it was crystal clear that he does not care about job creation, Florida’s economy, and most importantly, the backbone of both job creation and Florida’s economy - small business owners.

“Small business owners are overwhelmingly opposed to raising minimum wage,” Herrle continued. “In an NFIB/Florida survey of our small business owner-members in Florida: 88.6 percent oppose raising Florida’s minimum wage to 10.10/hour; 61.4 percent would reconsider plans to hire workers if minimum wage were raised to $10.10/hour; 49.2 percent would consider laying off workers if minimum wage were raised to $10.10/hour

“The trickle down impact of a 27 percent increase in labor costs would be massive.,” Herrle added. “We heard from many small business owners through the survey who stated they would be forced to increase their own prices, lowering their sales and taking them out of competition with larger competitors. So many said they would have to learn how to function with fewer employees, and many would have to take on more of the work themselves rather than hiring additional employees. Many would be forced to reduce their workforces immediately.

“Charlie Crist doesn’t care about Florida'’s small business owners or their employees,” Herrle concluded. “He didn'’t work for Florida last time he was governor, and it sounds like he plans to make things even worse if he'’s elected in November.”

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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater holds a commanding lead over Democratic rival William Rankin according to a new poll.

St. Leo University released a poll of likely voters on Wednesday which shows 50 percent backing Atwater, 35 percent behind Rankin and the remaining 15 percent undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is cruising to a second term according to a poll released on Wednesday.

A poll of likely voters from St. Leo University shows Putnam with 51 percent while Democrat Thad Hamilton takes 35 percent and 14 percent remain undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi holds a solid lead over her rivals in a poll released on Wednesday from St. Leo University.

Bondi takes 47 percent of likely voters in the poll while former DCF Sec. George Sheldon garners 39 percent. Tallahassee attorney Bill Wohlsifer takes 6 percent on the Libertarian line while 8 percent remain undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist has the lead over Gov. Rick Scott in a poll released on Wednesday.

The poll from St. Leo University shows Crist taking 43 percent with Scott within the margin of error at 40 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie garners 8 percent while 9 percent remain undecided. When Wyllie is taken out of the mix, Scott moves up to tie Crist with each candidate taking 45 percent.

“It appears as though Charlie Crist’s attacks against Rick Scott are working, as the race has swung away from the incumbent in the last few months,” said Frank Orlando, who teaches political science at Saint Leo University.

Orlando said Wyllie’s support could drop in the final days of the campaign which could help Scott.

“Pre-election polls tend to overstate support for third party candidates,” Orlando said. “When it comes time to cast their ballots, voters seem to settle on one of the two main parties for fear of ‘wasting’ their vote. It appears that Wyllie is drawing more support from Scott than Crist, and, if Wyllie is removed from the race, Scott gains 5 percent of the vote, while Crist only gains 2 percent and the poll is a dead heat.

“Despite the negative nature of the campaign, voters’ valuations of candidates haven’t really changed,” Orlando added. “This suggests that voters have had their minds made up for a while and that there is a very small group of undecided voters. The election seems certain to hinge on mobilization and the amount that Wyllie can pull voters from Scott.”

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) pounced on former Gov. Charlie Crist’s comment in Tuesday night’s debate with Gov. Rick Scott that a minimum wage hike was “worth it” even if it meant job loss.

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“Charlie Crist is a career politician who said ‘it’s worth it’ to support a policy that would kill 50,000 Florida jobs,” said RPOF Chairwoman Leslie Dougher on Wednesday. “No wonder Charlie lost 832,000 jobs as governor. That’s bound to happen when you think ‘it’s worth it’ to lose jobs.”

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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater continues to stay positive, focusing on his record, in his ads as he runs against Democrat William Rankin. In his latest ad, which was unveiled on Wednesday, Atwater plays up his consumer advocate credentials, specifically his handling of the Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights.

In the ad, Atwater touts the passage of the law which ensured policyowners would receive their claims in a timely fashion.

"I can tell you in these past four years, 70,000 of our fellow Floridians turned to me, called me," Atwater says in the ad. "When they were at wits end ... we were able to provide them with $87 million in additional claims being paid."

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new TV ad on Wednesday, hitting Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Gov. Charlie Crist. The ad hits Crist as a “career politician who didn’t believe in anything” with “no core values.” Crist draws fire in the ad for leaving the GOP in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate with no party affiliation before joining the Democrats in 2012.

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“What if there was a politician who only believed in one thing: himself?” the narrator of the ad asks. “There is. Charlie Crist.”

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From his perch on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Cuba taking part in the seventh Summit of the Amercias which will be held in Panama. In the letter, which was written on Tuesday, Rubio accused the Obama administration of sending “mixed messages” on whether Cuba should take part in the summit.

“Allowing a country that is a habitual violator of human rights and has not allowed a free election in over 50 years would damage everything that the summit wishes to accomplish,” Rubio wrote. “Cuba should not be allowed to undermine the commitment to democracy made by the remaining nations of the Western Hemisphere during the summit process. Moreover, the United States should not stand idly by if Panama does indeed intend to invite Cuba to the summit.”

Rubio pointed to resolutions supporting democracy in the Western Hemisphere from the third Summit of the Americas held in Quebec City back in 2001 and insisted the U.S. should stand by them.

“I urge you to reaffirm the United States’ position that Cuba should only be welcome to participate in the summit when the Castro regime abandons its repression of the island’s population and to ensure that the nations of the Western Hemisphere are left with no doubt that the United States will stand firmly behind the formal commitment it made at the Quebec Summit,” Rubio wrote.

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The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) launched a TV ad on Tuesday hitting U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia for gutting Medicare to fund President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. Garcia is facing a tough challenge from Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo. 

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“Fact checkers call Garcia’s ads misleading and false,” the narrator of the ad says. “The truth? It was Garcia who supported Obamacare, cutting $700 billion from Medicare. And it was Garcia who supported a plan to raise the Social Security retirement age to 69, and cut benefits. Joe Garcia. False attacks. Failing seniors. Carlos Curbelo’s plan protects seniors. And will make sure seniors get the benefits they deserve.”

Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the NRCC, also took a shot at Garcia.

“Corrupt Joe Garcia supports a plan that cut $700 billion from Medicare,” Prill said on Tuesday. “He has also made it clear he wants to raise the Social Security retirement age. South Florida seniors deserve better. Joe Garcia has not only embarrassed this district with his corruption scandals, now he’s failing our seniors.”

 

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With two weeks left in the general election, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., intends to use his Reclaim America PAC and hit the stump for other Republicans -- and his path is taking him to the states which hold early contests to determine the next presidential nominee.

“I’m not up for re-election this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m sitting at home watching TV,” Rubio emailed conservatives on Tuesday night. “There is just too much at stake. With only 14 days to go, we must do everything we can to reclaim America from President Obama and Harry Reid’s liberal agenda. I’m hitting the road hard over the next few weeks to help conservative candidates all over the country, from Florida to New Hampshire to South Carolina to Iowa.”

In Iowa, which holds the first caucus, Rubio will campaign with Joni Ernst who is the Republican candidate looking to flip the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. In New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, Rubio is backing former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who, after losing his seat in 2012, moved to the Granite State and is running against U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. South Carolina, where Rubio will stump on Wednesday, holds its primary right after New Hampshire.

Praising “candidates like Scott Brown in New Hampshire, Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Joni Ernst in Iowa, and Cory Gardner in Colorado,” Rubio called on Republicans to flip the Senate.

“We won’t win back the Senate and fire Harry Reid unless we win in these states," Rubio insisted. “The polls couldn’t be any closer.”

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