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New poll gives Rubio slight lead over Bush, but all GOP hopefuls trail Clinton

New poll gives Rubio slight lead over Bush, but all GOP hopefuls trail Clinton

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wins the support of 15 percent of Republican primary voters and runs best against Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. The former secretary of state tops the Democratic field with 60 percent and leads top [...]

Inweekly cover attracts national attention

Inweekly cover attracts national attention

Our Inweekly cover - Rubio vs. Bush - attracted national attention. I will appear on The John Batchelor Show tonight at approximately 8:45 p.m. to talk about Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. The co-host is Mary Kissel, who's on the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. You can listen to the show on his [...]

Scott flashes veto pen to try to sway senators

Scott flashes veto pen to try to sway senators

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The drama over a budget impasse escalated Wednesday after Gov. Rick Scott called Republican senators separately into his office and threatened to use his veto pen if he doesn't get support for one of his top legislative priorities. While the House has [...]

Long-Wiggins loses Conditional Medical Release request

Long-Wiggins loses Conditional Medical Release request

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the Florida Commission on Offender Review denied Pamela Long-Wiggins’ request for a Conditional Medical Release. A request was made to the Commission for Long-Wiggins early release based upon a determination that she is now terminally ill with a [...]

Gaetz on budget impasse: ‘We are the O.K. Corral’

Gaetz on budget impasse:  ‘We are the O.K. Corral’

State Sen. Don Gaetz is clearly frustrated with how both the Florida House and Governor Rick Scott are refusing to deal with the $2-billion hole in the state budget caused by the loss of the federal Low Income Pool program. The Florida Senate has voted for a budget that accepts the LIP is over [...]

Gambling bill remains a long shot

Gambling bill remains a long shot

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Despite narrow approval by a House committee Tuesday, odds remain long that lawmakers will sign off on a gambling proposal that could do away with dog racing, pave the way for Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida and open the door for slot machines in [...]

Buzz: Lopez-Cantera may get party nod for Senate

Buzz: Lopez-Cantera may get party nod for Senate

Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the name being batted around Tallahassee as possible candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Apparently he is getting a hard look from the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee). Meanwhile Rep. Jeff Miller got a nice write-up in USA [...]

Who would run for Congress if Miller moves to Senate

Who would run for Congress if Miller moves to Senate

This is fun. If Miller moves over to Senate, who are the people most likely to consider running for Congress - on the GOP side? State Sen. Don Gaetz State Rep. Matt Gaetz State Sen. Greg Evers State Rep. Mike Hill State Rep. Doug Broxson State Rep. Clay Ingram Supervisor of Elections [...]

Miller is now considering Senate race

Miller is now considering Senate race

Sources close to Congressman Jeff Miller say that the congressman is now considering running for U.S. Senate in 2016. "Rick, the race is so wide open that Jeff has to consider running," said my source. Last week, Rep. Miller had come on Pensacola Speaks and said that running was even up for [...]

PS Podcast: Gaetz explains his passion for his adoption bill

PS Podcast: Gaetz explains his passion for his adoption bill

On Pensacola Speaks last week, State Sen. Don Gaetz talked about why he has fought so vigorously for bringing back the incentive program that encourages state employees to adopt special needs kids out of foster care. He also endorsed the state law that banned gay adoption. Inweekly: Why is this [...]

Valentino for Senate?

Valentino for Senate?

Many accept that the GOP nomination for Marco Rubio's Senate seat is wide open. One name that was mentioned over the weekend is former Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. The two-term commissioner was considered for the Lt. Governer when Jennifer Carroll stepped down, but Gov. Rick [...]

Cannabis for Canines walks the halls of state capitol

Cannabis for Canines walks the halls of state capitol

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Three-year-old Dinah is the latest face joining the entourage pushing for medical marijuana in Florida, arriving on the scene just as the Senate is poised to broaden the state's non-euphoric cannabis law approved last year. Like others whose loved ones [...]

Online Voter Registration gets approval over objections

Note: Escambia Supervisor of Elections David Stafford will be on Pensacola Speaks today to talk about this. By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Despite opposition from the governor's top elections official, legislation that would allow Floridians to register to vote online was sent to [...]

Gaetz needs to decide if he has fire in his belly for U.S. Senate

Gaetz needs to decide if he has fire in his belly for U.S. Senate

State Sen. Don Gaetz is leaving his options open on whether to run for U.S. Senate in 2016, but he isn't sure that he has the "fire in the belly" to go to Washington, D.C. On Pensacola Speaks yesterday, the former Senate President said, "My family is all in. Matt, Erin, Vicky are all in, but [...]

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