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Weekly Roundup: Out of the Shadows

October 28, 2016 - 10:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

At times, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have fought each other in the presidential race, the battle between incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy has seemed like a quiet undercard.

It hasn't helped that national Democrats have been withdrawing their advertising support for Murphy to funnel money to Senate races in other states that seem more promising. Or that Florida plays just as important a role in the race for the White House as it does in the jockeying for control of the Senate --- if not more so.

Black Voters Take Center Stage in CD 13 Race

October 28, 2016 - 2:15pm

Charlie Crist stood at the podium, a flabbergasted look on his face.

Florida Needs Marco Rubio in Washington

October 28, 2016 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio

Florida would be crazy to lose Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. I mean really crazy.  

Backroom Briefing: Happier Close to Home

October 27, 2016 - 10:00pm

As the old saying goes, all politics is local.

And a new statewide survey indicates Floridians are happiest with the politicians closest to home.

Results released this week from the annual USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey show that residents give their best ratings to city and county governments, followed by state government and then the federal government.

Tim Kaine, Mike Pence Sent Out to the Front Lines

October 29, 2016 - 6:00am
Tim Kaine and Mike Pence

Most of America’s vice presidents have been cheerfully forgotten, thanks in part to dismissive quotes from some of the men who have held the office. Throughout the nineteenth century and the start of the twentieth century, important politicians turned down the job while non-controversial third stringers filled the job. After getting paired with obscure upstate New York Congressman William Wheeler in 1876, Republican presidential candidate Rutherford B. Hayes wrote “I am ashamed to say: Who is Wheeler?" That was par for the course for most of American history as lesser lights like George M. Dallas, Levi Morton and “Sunny” Jim Sherman held the post. 

UNF Poll: Clinton Edging Out Trump in Florida

October 27, 2016 - 6:45am

Hillary Clinton continues to trounce Donald Trump in Florida, according to a poll released Thursday morning from the University of North Florida. 

Rubio, Murphy Showcase Their Differences in Intense TV Debate

October 26, 2016 - 10:15pm

Incumbent Republican Marco Rubio and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy clashed Wednesday night in an intense, hour-long debate -- over foreign policy, the economy, the minimum wage, Donald Trump and, of course, who has the better credentials to serve Florida in the U.S. Senate.

Rubio and Murphy to Lock Horns in Debate Tonight

October 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

In a highly anticipated second television debate, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Congressman Patrick Murphy will square off against each other at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at Broward College in Davie.

Clinton, Trump Running Close in Florida According to Several Polls

October 26, 2016 - 9:45am

Less than two weeks to go in the presidential election, Florida is the most important battleground with four new polls showing a close contest. With early voting already having started, the candidates continue to work the Sunshine State and win its 29 electoral college votes. 

Perry, Smith Battle for Senate Seat

October 24, 2016 - 9:45pm
Keith Perry and Rod Smith

Fracking, a dispute about a campaign sign and an attempted political comeback have heated up the battle for a North Florida Senate seat in a key swing district.

The outcome of the race between state Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, and former state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Alachua, could help Democrats in their effort to chip away at the Republican Party's majority in the Senate. Meanwhile, Republicans hope to hold onto the seat as part of their legislative dominance across much of North Florida.

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