Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama
May 19th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
4 months ago

Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama

(CNN) - A Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters addressed to President Barack Obama and other public offices, the Justice Department said on Monday.

James Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo pleaded guilty in January to possessing and mailing the threatening letters, which were dusted with the ricin - a natural and highly toxic compound extracted from castor beans.

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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Florida • Justice Department • Marco Rubio • Mississippi • President Obama • Roger Wicker
Sen. Nelson endorses same-sex marriage
April 4th, 2013
05:57 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Nelson endorses same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Florida Sen. Bill Nelson on Thursday joined a recent wave of Democratic senators announcing their support for same sex marriage, reversing his position on the issue and telling a Florida newspaper the "civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all."

His statement to The Tampa Bay Times quoted the Declaration of Independence and asked, "If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn't those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?"
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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Florida • Same-sex marriage
Who's the 'best python hunter in the Senate'?
January 29th, 2013
01:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Who's the 'best python hunter in the Senate'?

(CNN) - Sen. Bill Nelson returned empty-handed from his recent python hunt, but he's bagging compliments back in his legislative habitat.

Nelson delivered a tribute to outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Senate floor early Tuesday afternoon and was followed by the body's other Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio.
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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Marco Rubio
Senator to join python hunt
January 16th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Senator to join python hunt

(CNN) - To make his point about invasive snakes, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson once brought the skin from a 16-foot Burmese python to a Senate committee hearing.

Now, he's out to get one for himself.
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Filed under: Bill Nelson
Nelson holds seat, defeats Mack
November 6th, 2012
08:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Nelson holds seat, defeats Mack

Washington (CNN) – Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson defeated Republican Rep. Connie Mack in the race for Florida's Senate seat on Tuesday, CNN projected.

At the time that the race was called, the incumbent garnered 57% of the vote, compared to Mack's 41% – with 49% reporting.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Senate
Polls suggest double digit lead for Nelson in Florida Senate battle
September 25th, 2012
04:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls suggest double digit lead for Nelson in Florida Senate battle

(CNN) - A new poll is the third this month to indicate Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida with a 14-point lead over his Republican challenger, Rep. Connie Mack.

According to a Washington Post survey released Tuesday, the two-term senator has the support of 54% of likely voters in the Sunshine State, with Mack grabbing 40%.
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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Connie Mack • Florida • Senate
Polls: Senate races tight in three battlegrounds
August 23rd, 2012
11:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Senate races tight in three battlegrounds

(CNN) - New polls released Thursday indicate three competitive Senate races remain tight in Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, according to surveys by Quinnipiac University, CBS News, and The New York Times.

Starting with Florida, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson is defending his seat against Republican challenger Rep. Connie Mack, the two-term senator leads Mack, 50% to 41%, respectively.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Connie Mack • Florida • Ohio • Sherrod Brown • Tammy Baldwin • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
Rep. Mack favored to win Florida GOP primary
August 14th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Mack favored to win Florida GOP primary

(CNN) - Heading into Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Florida, Rep. Connie Mack is a heavy favorite to win the Republican nomination.

Mack, a four-term congressman, has maintained a steady lead in the months leading up to the contest, ahead of retired Army Col. Mike McCalister and former Rep. Dave Weldon.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Connie Mack • Florida • Senate
Crist to back Bill Nelson in Florida Senate race
August 1st, 2012
06:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Crist to back Bill Nelson in Florida Senate race

(CNN) - Former Gov. Charlie Crist will endorse Sen. Bill Nelson in his bid for re-election at a campaign event Friday, CNN has confirmed.

Crist is expected to back Nelson at a Florida fundraiser hosted by his law firm where former President Bill Clinton will appear.
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Filed under: Bill Nelson • Charlie Crist
Poll: Mack ahead in Florida GOP Senate primary
June 21st, 2012
11:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Mack ahead in Florida GOP Senate primary

(CNN) – While Rep. Connie Mack has a solid lead in the crowded Florida field of GOP Senate hopefuls, a new poll indicates he falls slightly behind incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, his would-be opponent.

Mack, a four-term congressman, has the backing of 41% of Republican registered voters in the primary race, while his Republican competitors trail far behind in the single digits, according a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bill Nelson • Connie Mack • Florida • Senate
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