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With the Government Accountability Office (GAO) releasing a report this week which showed President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law allowed public funds to go toward elective abortions, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., slammed the news, saying it was the latest in a series of broken promises on the law.

“Five years ago, the president spoke before Congress about his health care law and said ‘under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.’ Like so many other things in the president’s health-care law, it turns out this statement is just another broken promise,” Bilirakis said on Tuesday. “Republicans and Democrats have come together for years, believing that taxpayer dollars should not fund elective abortion. This is another example of the president’s disregard for taxpayer dollars and provisions in his own signature piece of legislation.”
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WFLA News Channel 8 released a poll on Tuesday morning which shows the fate of Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana in Florida, is unclear.

With the proposal needing 60 percent to pass in November, the poll shows 56 percent of those surveyed support it while 31 percent oppose it and 13 percent remain undecided on it.

The poll, which was taken by Survey USA, had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.


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WFLA News Channel 8 released a poll on Tuesday morning which shows Gov. Rick Scott increasing his lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Scott takes 44 percent while Crist garners 39 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 7 percent while 9 percent remain undecided.

Two weeks ago, Scott led 45 percent to 44 percent. This marks the first WFLA poll which had Crist below 40 percent.

The poll, which was taken by Survey USA, had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.


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China has been on the foreign policy backburner in recent months as the Middle East and other hot spots command more attention. But, as the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to stand up to China’s creeping influence over Hong Kong.

Rubio wrote Kerry on Monday taking exception to China refusing to allow Hong Kong to choose its own chief executive and rely instead on candidates selected by the communist regime.

“The NPCSC’s decision violates the international commitments China has made regarding Hong Kong’s status,” Rubio wrote. “The people of Hong Kong have the right to elect their chief executive through democratic procedure, not be forced to pick from a pool of Chinese government-approved candidates.

“I urge you to clearly speak out against this most recent decision by NPCSC and to work with your Chinese counterparts to ensure that Beijing does not further limit Hong Kong’s promised autonomy and its ability to move toward full democracy if its citizens so intend,” Rubio added. “If Hong Kong continues down this dangerous path, Congress may need to consider reviewing the special trade and economic provisions Hong Kong enjoys as an autonomous region of China under U.S. law.”
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Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., is replacing former Gov. Jeb Bush as the co-chairman of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) Florida Advisory Committee. The USGLC is backed by 400 businesses and nonprofits and supports more federal funding for the State Department and foreign affairs, greater support for Israel and an active foreign policy.

“It’s clear that active U.S. engagement in the world is great for Florida, our residents and our economy. It has been rewarding to work with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in strengthening our state and our country’s vision for American leadership,” said Bush on Tuesday. “With his strong record of leadership and public service, Mel Martinez will be an exceptional leader for this important organization.”

“With our world-class ports and gateway location to Latin America and beyond, our state doesn’t just tolerate internationalism, we embrace it,” said Martinez.  “With so much going on in the world today, it’s important that Americans understand the benefits staying engaged in the world brings to our country, and to the state of Florida.”

Martinez will work with former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and outgoing Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford on the advisory committee.

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Through his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., continues to remain active at the national level. Last week, West endorsed Republican challengers Martha McSally who is running against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, R-Ariz., Steve Russell who is running for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., who is running for the U.S. Senate, and Dan Sullivan who is running against U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska.

West is also drawing fire from Democrats and is welcoming the attacks.

“Not surprisingly, the Democrats and the liberal progressives have begun their typical vicious attacks -- even attacking our endorsed candidates simply because I support them,” West emailed supporters on Monday. “Ahead of my visit to New York, Lee Zeldin's opponent sent out a fundraising letter saying ‘notorious ex-Congressman Allen West is coming to Long Island to haul cash ... West isn't just any ex-congressman, he's the godfather of the tea party, and he brings with him gobs of right-wing cash.’

“Immediately after we announced Martha McSally's endorsement, her opponent called on Martha McSally ‘to denounce West's endorsement and to turn down any money he tries to give her,’” West continued.

“The attacks aren't just on our candidates, or just on me, my friends,” West continued, insisting they were attacks on his supporters, their “principles and what we know to be right for our country.”

West promised to keep active in the last seven weeks of the election.

“In these last two months before Election Day, I'll be hitting the road to support our candidates, and then we'll ramp up our massive barrage of advertising that's designed to put liberal super-PACs in retreat,” West wrote.

West has left the door open to running for office again in 2016.
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U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., took off the gloves on Monday and went after Democratic challenger Gwen Graham.

Southerland’s team followed up on attacks made against Graham last week, hitting her for her work for a Washington law firm and her role on Democratic presidential campaigns and releasing their take on her resume. While Graham denies she worked as a lobbyist for a law firm based out of Washington, Southerland’s team insists she did.
 
“Gwen Graham talks like a Washington outsider, but don’t let her fool you,” said Luke Strickland, Southerland's campaign manager, on Monday. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a first-time candidate who’s more entrenched in the ways of Washington, D.C. Ms. Graham continues to dodge the truth with the agility of a seasoned politician, but she can’t cover up her record as a D.C. lobbyist and liberal political consultant. If Gwen Graham will lie to voters about something as cut-and-dried as her own resume, how can we ever trust her in Congress?”
 



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Your humble blogger took to the national airwaves on Monday afternoon to talk with Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV. We talked about the big showdown between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist as well as other contests across the nation in the following clip.

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On Monday, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo released a poll taken by his campaign as he continues his bid to defeat U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in November. Garcia ranks as one of the top Republican targets in the nation.

The poll from McLaughlin Associates shows Curbelo taking 44 percent with 40 percent backing Garcia and 16 percent still undecided. Back in May, McLaughlin had a poll showing Garcia up 46 percent to 39 percent.

Garcia’s continued ethics problems -- including key staffers being investigated by the federal government -- clearly hurt the freshman congressman. More than three-fifths of those surveyed -- 61 percent -- are aware of the investigations and only 38 percent of those voters are backing Garcia, while 51 percent of them favor Curbelo.

Garcia is upside down in the poll with 33 percent of those surveyed seeing him as favorable and 36 percent viewing him as unfavorable. Despite a majority -- 52 percent -- remaining undecided on him, Curbelo does better with 35 percent seeing him as favorable and 13 percent as unfavorable.

The poll of 400 likely voters was taken from Sept. 9-11 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.

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On Friday, U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Fla., took aim at President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, insisting the White House broke promises on it and noting many Americans lost their benefits under it.

“Obamacare has failed to deliver on many of its namesake’s soundbite promises from day one,” Webster said on Friday. “Perhaps the biggest broken promise was the president’s infamous declaration that ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.’ This claim was found to be so misleading and outright false that it was deemed the ‘Lie of the Year’ by the nonpartisan fact checker, PolitiFact.

“The simple truth is that millions of Americans lost their health care plan because of Obamacare. While most of these cancellations were limited to the individual market, millions of Americans who get their health care insurance through their employer face the same fate in the coming months,” Webster added before pointing toward a bill he was backing.

“This week, I voted in support of the Employee Health Protection Act, which ensures that American workers can keep their current health plan if they like it. The bill also expands freedom for small businesses to access more affordable health care options that best serve their employees,” Webster said. “For too many, Obamacare has resulted in canceled plans, lost doctors or heightened deductibles, premiums or out-of-pocket costs. Instead of a government overreach, we need health care solutions that deliver the care you need, from the doctor you choose, at a price you can afford.”
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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) showcases Gov. Rick Scott’s softer side in a new TV ad. The ad, which was released on Monday, ignores Democratic challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist and shines the spotlight on Ann Scott who talks about her husband’s background and personal experiences.

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“As a husband, father and grandfather, Rick has always been there for our family,” Ann Scott said on Monday. “As governor, I have seen him work tirelessly to make sure Florida’s families have access to good jobs and a quality education so our future generations can pursue the American dream. I am so proud of all that Florida has achieved under his leadership, but he’s not done yet. Rick's mission is simple: to keep Florida working.”
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Florida's two senators say the fight against the Islamic State (IS) is likely to be long and difficult, setting the stage for possible further military action in the Middle East.

Speaking to CNN Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he hoped there would be no American troops sent to the ground in Syria, where President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening authorized airstrikes to hit.

“I don’t think that’s something we need to do right away,” he said. “We need to be honest with the American people. It could require that.”

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., agreed with Rubio that the fight against IS could take several years, but remained hopeful that IS could be defeated.

"This group will be degraded and defeated, but it’s going to be a long-term deal,” he said in a statement. “It’s going to be probably years. The United States is putting together the coalition that will go after them. The U.S. will probably put boots on the ground, but it will be more commando raids and forward air observers with others to do the actual strikes on the ground. But we have no choice. This is a vicious, diabolical group that must be stopped.” 
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The hot topic in the Florida governor's race this week has been women's issues, after an ad released Tuesday attacked Gov. Rick Scott on trying to restrict women's right to abortions.

But on Wednesday, the Republican Party of Florida struck back at former Gov. Charlie Crist, highlighting his flip-flops on abortion.

The 30-second ad features a robocall of Crist circa 2006, where he defends his pro-life record. 

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A poll released on Tuesday shows Amendment 2, which would expand medical marijuana use in Florida, would pass by the skin of its teeth if the vote were held today.

Public Policy Polling’s (PPP) new poll shows Amendment 2 getting 61 percent support while 33 percent of those surveyed are opposed to it. The proposed amendment needs 60 percent support on the November ballot to pass.

PPP polls taken earlier this year found Amendment 2 in better shape. Back in January, 65 percent of those surveyed by PPP supported it and 23 percent opposed it. In June, PPP found 66 percent of those surveyed backed Amendment 2 and 25 percent opposed it.

The poll of 818 likely Florida voters was taken from Sept. 4-7 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent. One major caveat. The sample includes 40 percent Democrats and 38 percent Republicans though the GOP voters usually turn out more in off-year elections.
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Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with connections to prominent Democrats, released a poll on Tuesday showing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi with a comfortable lead over her rivals.

The poll shows Bondi ahead with 43 percent followed by former DCF Sec. George Sheldon, who won the Democratic primary last month, with 35 percent. Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer, an attorney from Tallahassee, takes 6 percent.

The poll of 818 likely Florida voters was taken from Sept. 4-7 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent. One major caveat. The sample includes 40 percent Democrats and 38 percent Republicans though the GOP voters usually turn out more in off-year elections.
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A new poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with connections to prominent Democrats, shows former Gov. Charlie Crist ahead of Gov. Rick Scott.

The poll, which was released on Tuesday, shows Crist taking 42 percent while Scott takes 39 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie garners 8 percent in the poll.

One major caveat. The sample includes 40 percent Democrats and 38 percent Republicans though the GOP voters usually turn out more in off-year elections.

Dean Debnam, the president of PPP, expects the contest to continue to be close.

“PPP’s conducted four Florida polls this year and Rick Scott and Charlie Crist have been within the margin of error on three of them,” said Debnam. “This one is definitely headed down to the wire just like the razor-thin contest Scott was first elected in.”

The poll of 818 likely Florida voters was taken from Sept. 4-7 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.

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Women's rights took center stage in the latest attack ad from former Gov. Charlie Crist, accusing Gov. Rick Scott of not standing up for women and their equal rights.

The ad, called "Extreme," features several women who say Scott wants to take away their right to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade and take away women's rights to abortion, even in the cases of rape or incest.

Last week, Planned Parenthood allies said they'd be funneling $3 million into the campaign to speak on women's rights to abortions.

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Conservative groups are throwing their weight around in South Florida, taking on one of the most vulnerable congressional Democrats in the nation.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is targeting U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., for his support of President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

On Tuesday, after Garcia launched his first TV ads of the campaign, AFP’s Florida chapter hit him with a new Web video.

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"Congressman Garcia is still supporting Obamacare, even though he's seen the disruption, confusion and hardship it's causing Florida families,” said Chris Hudson, AFP’s Florida director on Tuesday. “Congressman Garcia may claim he is working on behalf of Floridians to get them relief from the law, but the truth is he's done nothing to get rid of Obamacare, even a year after the disastrous roll-out."

Also on Tuesday, conservative group American Action Network (AAN) announced it would spend $1 million against Garcia.

“South Florida families deserve better than another scandal-plagued politician like Joe Garcia who won’t take responsibility for the criminal actions of his own chief of staff,” said Emily Davis, a spokeswoman for AAN. “It’s time Joe Garcia answers for the crimes under his watch and his record of boosting Obamacare at the expense of South Florida families.”

Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo is the Republican nominee running against Garcia in what is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation.

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Florida’s two U.S. senators -- Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio -- teamed up on Monday to introduce a bill offering up to $10 million for information on the Islamic State (IS) terrorists who beheaded journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. They were joined by New Hampshire’s two senators -- Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Kelly Ayottee -- and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. The money would come from the federal Rewards for Justice Program.

“James Foley and Steven Sotloff nobly risked their lives in the pursuit of truth, and the United States will not stand idly by after two of its own were brutally murdered at the hands of fundamentally evil and freedom-hating extremists,” said Rubio on Monday. “This bill is a symbol of our commitment to their parents that America will not rest until justice is served, and let it serve as a clear message to IS that we will stop at nothing to ensure the deaths of these beloved journalists do not go unpunished.”
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will launch a new TV ad on Tuesday running in five television markets in Florida. The ad stresses Bondi’s crime-fighting credentials as she seeks a second term, focusing on her efforts against drugs.

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“Attorney General Pam Bondi has earned a national reputation in taking on synthetic drugs and running unscrupulous pill mill doctors out of Florida,” said Pablo Diaz, Bondi’s campaign manager. “This first advertisement highlights Bondi’s tough-on-crime initiatives. Florida voters will have the opportunity to learn more about her record of accomplishments and her work with law enforcement officials, who have endorsed her re-election efforts.”

Bondi faces Democratic candidate former DCF Secretary George Sheldon and Libertarian Bill Wohlsifer, an attorney from Tallahassee, in November.  

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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) unveiled a Web video on Monday tying attorney John Morgan to his former employee former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democratic nominee running against Gov. Rick Scott in November. The new video features the video of Morgan rallying supporters of medical marijuana last month in which the prominent trial lawyer talked about his own experiences with marijuana and used curse words. The ad accuses Crist of wanting to name Morgan to the Florida Supreme Court.

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“Charlie Crist’s campaign, in an ongoing struggle to gain traction, is putting big-time trial lawyer John Morgan on the stump,” said Gail Gitcho from the RGA on Monday. “With little to say about Crist’s record, Morgan resorted to drunken obscenities to try to generate excitement about voting for the notorious political opportunist.

“If these are the political allies Crist keeps and would be willing to elevate to positions of authority, his judgment needs a serious course correction,” Gitcho added. “Florida deserves better than that.”
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Appearing on “Face the Nation” on CBS this past weekend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was asked by Bob Schieffer about his plans for 2016. Rubio said he would put off a decision until after the November elections.

“You've been thinking obviously about whether to run for the Republican nomination in 2016,” Schieffer said. “Are you anywhere close to making a decision on that?”

“Well, you know, I'll have to make a decision in 2016 either way, because I'm up for re-election in the Senate and for me it's not going to be about the position,” Rubio answered. “It's going to be about where can I best advocate for a 21st century reform agenda that allows us to usher in another American century.

“The decision I have to make is can I best do that as a senator or can I best do that as running and hopefully winning the presidency,” Rubio added. “And that is a question I'll have more clarity on after this midterm, because I can promise you this: the one place where I will not be able to do that from is a Senate that is still run by Harry Reid, that allows no votes on anything of substance or importance.”

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From his perch on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., said on Monday that it was no surprise to see Healthcare.gov, the website for President Barack Obama’s health-care law, has been hacked.

“Healthcare.gov has been plagued with errors since day one,” Bilirakis said. "Unfortunately, it is no surprise Healthcare.gov was hacked which potentially jeopardizes the personally identifiable information of Americans. I saw this coming, which is why I introduced HR 3795, the One Hour Notification (OH No) Act, in December of 2013.”

Bilirakis’ bill would have mandated the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services to contact any Americans whose information was compromised through Healthcare.gov within an hour, the same time frame the federal government demands of contractors working on the website. While Bilirakis’ bill did not pass, parts of it were included in the “Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014” which sailed through both chambers of Congress.
 
The Florida congressman continues to oppose the health care law.

“Millions of Americans were forced to sign up for the exchanges in order to avoid being fined under the individual mandate,” Biliraksi said. “They have seen their health care costs rise, lost access to the doctor or plan they liked, and now are potential victims of identity theft. Despite all this, the administration opposes legislation like mine, which would require the federal government to alert Americans when their information has been compromised. The president forced his unpopular, unworkable law on the American people which is not functioning the way he promised.”
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On Friday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, called on President Barack Obama to outline a strategy to take on Islamic State (IS) forces in the Middle East. Rubio sent Obama a letter, urging him to reach out to the American people on why IS should be defeated and insisting the president had the constitutional authority to strike against IS forces in Syria without congressional approval.

“The American people and the world need to hear you outline our strategy to defeat IS in clear and unequivocal terms,” Rubio wrote. “They need to hear the truth about IS, the threat they represent, and the sacrifice and combined effort that will be needed to defeat them.

“IS represents a clear and immediate threat to the national security of the United States, which is why you should use the constitutional and legal authority you possess as commander in chief to conduct attacks to degrade and defeat IS,” Rubio continued. “Just as the U.S. has conducted operations against terrorists elsewhere, there is no legal reason preventing you from targeting IS in Syria.

“With U.S. leadership, the United States should vigorously pursue an international coalition to increase military options against IS, including increased air support and lethal assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces as well as a more aggressive approach to destroy supply routes, vital infrastructure and IS leadership wherever they are operating,” Rubio added.“ It is also important to increase support to moderate Syrian opposition forces currently fighting IS.

“In addition to striking IS abroad, there must be a renewed and heightened effort to secure the homeland as well. With the disturbing increase in Western fighters from Europe and the United States drawn to support IS, as well as IS’s attempts to expand their territory, we must be vigilant in working with European and Middle Eastern partners to track the flow of IS fighters and prevent the return of jihadists to Europe or the U.S.,” Rubio wrote. “This is a large challenge and one that will require considerable attention by the U.S. government and a broad coalition of allies, but it is paramount to U.S. national security.”
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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) takes aim at former Gov. Charlie Crist in a new TV ad hitting the Democrat challenging Gov. Rick Scott for the unemployment rate rising during his term in office. The ad also slams Crist for deciding to forego a second term in Tallahassee to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

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“Four years ago, Charlie Crist abandoned the governor’s office and tried to flee to Washington, after losing almost 1 million jobs,” said Leslie Dougher, the chairwoman of the RPOF, on Friday. “The people of Florida saw through Charlie’s blatant opportunism and failed record and rejected him. But now, he’s back, and he wants his old job back, even after failing the people of Florida once before. One thing remains the same: the only job Charlie Crist cared about was his own.”
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Florida’s two U.S. senators will join up with their colleagues from New Hampshire to introduce a resolution next week honoring James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the two journalists beheaded by terrorists working for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Since Sotloff was originally from Miami, the two senators from the Sunshine State -- Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio -- will be bringing out the resolution with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Foley was a native of Rochester, N.H.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of James Foley and Steven Sotloff,” Nelson said on Thursday, when the senators announced their plans to introduce the resolution. “Steven’s family are my constituents and I've been in touch with them through their representative throughout this horrific ordeal. The United States needs to immediately put together a coalition and go after this group. We need to take the fight directly to them, not only in Iraq but in Syria as well.”

“It’s important that Americans never forget James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the lives they led as successful journalists, and how loved they were by their families and friends,” Rubio said. “The U.S. Senate should honor these brave men by approving this resolution as soon as Congress reconvenes next week. The American people should also never lose sight of the fact that these awful executions are only the beginning of ISIL’s plans to sow evil across the Middle East and the world, unless we stop them.”
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Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho wants the Florida Department of Education to temporarily pause testing and school grades for one year while students and teachers adjust to Common Core. 

In an op-ed published Wednesday, Carvalho wrote: "Rapid changes to the accountability system, with no consideration for the impact of multiple adjustments, have left the public confused about students’ true performance. Meanwhile, educators are concerned, doubtful and skeptical about both policy and its quick roll-out. The recent disconnect between sinking school-grade performance and improved student outcomes has only added to the confusion and heartbreak."
 
Testing has become a hot issue in recent weeks, with some school districts saying they want to opt out of standardized tests entirely. Carvalho does not, however, advocate for the elimination of testing. 

Carvalho urged ensuring Florida's new test is valid and reliable and also advocated to remove penalties for school grades for two years. 

"There is a high moral imperative at play that, if not addressed, will define not only who we are, but also what we value, how we tackle challenges when we know better and how we value our children and those who teach them," he wrote. "And as we, the adults, consider, debate, argue and, unfortunately, sometimes disrespect each other in this process, we should not ignore the fact that our children are watching us and shouldn’t be confused by our confusing ways." 
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The National Federation of Independent Business (NIFB) endorsed U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., at a campaign event in Panama City on Thursday. Southerland faces a serious challenge from Gwen Graham who Democrats see as their best chance to defeat a Republican congressman in Florida.  

“Southerland is the clear pro-small-business candidate in this critical race for District 2,”" said Bill Herrle, the Florida NFIB’s executive director. “"During his time in Congress, Southerland has fought aggressively to protect small businesses from the strangling effects of overregulation and the heavy hand of the federal government. He also understands firsthand the challenges facing our state'’s job creators, making him the ideal candidate to represent them in Washington. Our members know that Congressman Southerland is one of them, and believe he will continue to be a dependable voice for Florida’s small-business owners in Washington, D.C."
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The Drug Free America Foundation launched a new billboard in downtown Orlando, attacking Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. The ad calls out trial attorney John Morgan, one of the chief supporters of Amendment 2.
 
“Amendment 2 is riddled with loopholes: It is one thing to be compassionate; it’s another to be reckless,” the billboard reads. “Does John Morgan know the difference?”

For Amendment 2 to pass, it needs 60 percent of Florida voters to support it on the November ballot.

Here's a photo of the billboard:
Marijuana billboard
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With reports across the nation that Home Depot is the latest retailer to have faced a data breach on customer financial information, including debit and credit cards, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi told residents of the Sunshine State to keep tabs on their accounts.

“I encourage all consumers to closely monitor their credit and debit card accounts to ensure that there are no unauthorized charges,” Bondi said on Wednesday. “If anyone suspects that their personal information has been compromised, they should contact their financial institution immediately and report the possible identity theft to local law enforcement.”
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