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Florida Leads the Nation in Study on Fiscal Health

July 11, 2017 - 9:15am

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University  released its rankings of fiscal health of the 50 states and the Sunshine State leads the pack. 

Ron DeSantis is Open to Gubernatorial Race But Could Be 'Several Months' Until He Enters

June 7, 2017 - 9:30am
Ron DeSantis

With buzz growing that U.S. Rep. Ron DeSanits, R-Fla., could run for governor next year, the third term congressman took to the airwaves and weighed in on whether he would enter the race, saying it could be “several months” before he makes a final decision. 

Haridopolos Faces Opposition if He Wants State Senate Return

March 2, 2016 - 1:15pm
Ritch Workman, Mike Haridopolos and Debbie Mayfield

Former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos might want his old job back but he should not expect an open path to the Republican nomination if he tries to return to Tallahassee. 

Earlier this week, Florida Politics reported that Haridopolos was contemplating a political comeback. 

Despite Foregoing Congressional Race, Andrew Gillum Wades Into State, National Issues

February 9, 2016 - 11:45am
Andrew Gillum

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum might not be running for Congress this year but he is clearly aiming for something higher down the road. 

Economy, Economy, Economy, as Rick Scott Hosts GOP Presidential Hopefuls

June 2, 2015 - 8:00pm

It was his show, his name appeared big, so it was a surprise to no one when Gov. Rick Scott blew his own horn Tuesday in front of an audience of mostly Scott's invited guests, media, party and national leaders at the "Economic Growth Summit" in Orlando.

Scott pointed to his record on the economy as a model for whoever wins the 2016 presidential election.

Barney Bishop on Special Session: 'I Don’t See the House Compromising on Medicaid Expansion'

June 2, 2015 - 1:00pm

With the Florida Legislature currently in special session to pass a budget and debate Medicaid expansion, an expert on state affairs offered his take on what will happen in Tallahassee.

Barney Bishop, now the president and CEO of Barney Bishop Consulting and formerly the president and CEO of the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) and the executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, was in Orlando on Tuesday to attend Gov. Rick Scott’s “Economic Growth Summit” and shared his thoughts about the special session with Sunshine State News. 

George LeMieux Will Not Try to Return to the Senate in 2016

June 2, 2015 - 11:45am

On Tuesday, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., took his name out of consideration for a return to the U.S. Senate in 2016. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is running for the Republican presidential nomination and has said he will not run for a second term in the Senate. 

LeMieux, who turned 46 last month, was in Orlando on Tuesday at Gov. Rick Scott’s “Economic Growth Summit." Talking to Sunshine State News, LeMieux said he would not run in 2016 saying he wanted to spend time with his young family. LeMieux had garnered some buzz as a possible Senate candidate in 2016. 

Carlos Lopez-Cantera 'Strongly Considering' Senate Bid Despite Attacks From Left and Right

June 2, 2015 - 11:00am

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera told Sunshine State News on Tuesday he is “strongly considering” running for the U.S. Senate in 2016 even as he draws fire from Democrats and conservatives. 

At Gov. Rick Scott’s “Economic Growth Summit” at Walt Disney World, Lopez-Cantera said he was not in the race yet and did not offer a timeline for his decision but he did express interest in jumping in the contest to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Currently running for the Republican presidential nomination, Rubio has said he will not run for a second term in the Senate. 

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