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Patrick Murphy: My Dad Taught Me the 'Value of Hard Work'

October 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Patrick Murphy

Congressman Patrick Murphy has been painted by Republicans for months as a privileged, party-boy scion of a wealthy South Florida developer.

Emails and ads blast the 33-year-old single congressman as having used his father's connections and money to attend elite private schools, start a small business, secure a seat in the U.S. House and bankroll a run for the U.S. Senate.

Marco Rubio: Aspirations Now Focus on Re-election Bid

October 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio

It wasn't hard, at a recent Republican fundraising dinner in Tampa, to listen to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and imagine that you were still hearing a presidential candidate. His themes were decidedly national, focusing on the stakes of the election and the urgency of doing something soon about the country's future.

Just Sayin'

October 22, 2016 - 6:00am

This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot. Consider this a pilot.

Weekly Roundup: Beginning to Look Familiar

October 21, 2016 - 11:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

A major figure in the Clinton White House visited Florida this week as part of a bid for the presidency. The two political parties fought over election rules in court. And there was talk of a rigged election.

Welcome back to 2000.

Hillary Clinton has the Edge on Donald Trump in Florida

October 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

After the third and final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton continues to have the lead over Donald Trump in the crucial swing state of Florida, a new poll shows.

Patrick Murphy's Political Career Rose on the Wings of a Scheme and His Rich Saudi Friend

October 20, 2016 - 7:45pm

How does a millionaire's kid lacking credentials or accomplishment launch a political career virtually overnight? In Patrick Murphy's case, easy.

Backroom Briefing: Candidates Make Themselves at Home

October 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

Maybe the presidential candidates and their surrogates could just wave at each other from Florida's airport tarmacs.

Last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, did something of a tag-team routine as they campaigned across Florida for five straight days.

Trump started in Panama City Beach, spent the next day visiting Ocala and Lakeland, and finished the following day in West Palm Beach. Pence picked up from there, campaigning one day in Pensacola and Miami and the next night speaking to Republican leaders in Tampa.

Where Things Stand in Florida's 27 Congressional Races

October 24, 2016 - 6:00am
Stephanie Murphy, Randy Perkins, John Mica and Brian Mast

With two weeks to go until Election Day, most of the congressional races across the Sunshine State are not getting much in the way of attention. They simply can’t compete with the presidential race or even the Senate contest between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy. 

Donald Trump Didn't Move the Needle in Final Presidential Debate

October 19, 2016 - 10:45pm

Donald Trump came into the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas needing to change the race.

Political 'Jiu-Jitsu' Lights up Amendment 1 Fight

October 19, 2016 - 10:00pm
Installing solar

Solar-energy supporters fighting a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot expressed outrage Wednesday after a policy director for a Tallahassee-based think tank was caught on tape discussing utility-industry efforts to deceive voters.

Pro-solar groups, in a mid-day conference call with reporters, said the leaked audio tape confirms their suspicion that the ballot proposal --- known as Amendment 1 --- is a multimillion-dollar deception that will hinder the future of alternative energy in Florida.

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