Clinton polling well in key presidential battleground
July 24th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
23 hours ago

Clinton polling well in key presidential battleground

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is the clear 2016 frontrunner in the nation's largest presidential battleground state, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Florida voters indicates the former secretary of state, who's seriously considering a second bid for the White House, has leads from seven to 21 percentage points over potential GOP presidential candidates in possible 2016 showdowns.

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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Poll • President Obama
Republican businessman wins Florida race to replace cocaine congressman
June 24th, 2014
07:33 PM ET
1 month ago

Republican businessman wins Florida race to replace cocaine congressman

(CNN) - Republican businessman Curt Clawson won Tuesday's special general election in Florida to replace embattled former Rep. Trey Radel.

Clawson defeated Democrat April Freeman and two other candidates in the race for the state's 19th Congressional District.

Clawson had a 67%-29% lead with all precincts reporting, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.

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Filed under: 2014 • Florida
Man gets 25 years for ricin letters addressed to Obama
May 19th, 2014
03:44 PM ET
2 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
Does Florida's campaign trail extend to Cuba?
May 7th, 2014
02:35 PM ET
3 months ago

Does Florida's campaign trail extend to Cuba?

(CNN) - Charlie Crist's bid to return to the Florida governor's office in Tallahassee may take him through Havana.

The former Republican governor of Florida, now running as a Democrat for his old office, is considering a trip to Cuba this summer, according to his campaign. Such a visit to the communist island nation, which is Florida's neighbor to the south, would have been unheard of by a statewide politician a few years ago.

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Cuba • Florida • Rick Scott
Rick Scott would sign bill in favor of medical marijuana
May 2nd, 2014
10:49 AM ET
3 months ago

Rick Scott would sign bill in favor of medical marijuana

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said he would sign a bill that legalizes a limited strain of medical marijuana.

The state House passed the measure on Thursday, and the state Senate is expected to pass it on Friday, the last day of the legislative session. Both houses are controlled by Republicans.
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Filed under: Florida • Marijuana • Rick Scott
May 1st, 2014
08:47 AM ET
3 months ago

2016 Poll: Clinton tops Bush in key state

(CNN) - Jeb Bush has a wide lead over other potential 2016 Republican White House contenders in the battle in Florida for GOP presidential nomination, according to a new poll of Sunshine State voters.

But a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates Hillary Clinton topping the former two-term Florida governor in a hypothetical 2016 general election showdown in the nation's most populous swing state.

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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Poll
Clawson wins Republican primary race for Trey Radel's seat
April 22nd, 2014
02:58 PM ET
3 months ago

Clawson wins Republican primary race for Trey Radel's seat

(CNN) - Businessman Curt Clawson won Tuesday's Republican primary in southwest Florida for the seat formerly held by Rep. Trey Radel, who left office over a cocaine scandal.

Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge following his arrest for cocaine possession and stepped down in January.

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Filed under: Florida
Rand Paul considering expanded whistleblower laws for contractors
April 6th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
4 months ago

Rand Paul considering expanded whistleblower laws for contractors

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – Speaking to a libertarian-leaning audience Sunday about ex-contractor Edward Snowden, Sen. Rand Paul said he’s thinking about ways to "expand the whistleblower statute to government contractors."

“We’ve got so many millions of government contractors that when they see something wrong, they should be able to report it without repercussions,” he said in a live video appearance to a Florida conference hosted by the Campaign for Liberty.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • Florida • NSA • Rand Paul • Ron Paul
April 6th, 2014
09:01 AM ET
4 months ago

The 'Inside Politics' forecast: Recruiting Sink to run again

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. RECRUITING SINK TO RUN AGAIN: Alex Sink is suddenly back in vogue as Democrats look to try again in a Florida House district they lost in a special election last month.

Sink was their candidate then, and a lot of Democrats blamed a subpar campaign on her narrow loss. But Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders remain convinced she is their best candidate in November.

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Filed under: Alex Sink • Chris Christie • Florida • Inside Politics • Susan Collins
Bush silent on Christie bridge joke
March 21st, 2014
01:58 PM ET
4 months ago

Bush silent on Christie bridge joke

(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush didn't take the bait Friday when he was jokingly asked if he had closed any bridges during his time as governor.

The moment came during an appearance at the Broward County economic forum in Davie, Florida, where Bush, a potential presidential candidate, delivered a keynote address before sitting down for a Q&A on stage.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Florida • Jeb Bush • New Jersey
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