Governor to appoint Florida’s first Hispanic lieutenant governor
January 14th, 2014
11:54 AM ET
6 months ago

Governor to appoint Florida’s first Hispanic lieutenant governor

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott tapped Carlos Lopez-Cantera, the Miami-Dade county property appraiser, to fill the state’s vacant lieutenant governor’s office on Tuesday. By accepting the position, the Republican becomes the first Hispanic lieutenant governor in Florida history.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Scott to serve Floridians as their Lieutenant Governor,” Lopez-Cantera said. “I look forward to leveraging my experience with small businesses and government tax reform to help further Governor Scott’s mission of economic growth and job creation.”

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Filed under: Florida
Primary day in crucial House contest
January 14th, 2014
07:25 AM ET
6 months ago

Primary day in crucial House contest

(CNN) - Republican voters in a swing district in a purple state head to the polls Tuesday, to choose their party's nominee for a special election to fill a vacant House seat their party's held for decades.

Tuesday's GOP primary in Florida's 13th congressional district will set the stage for a March special election that some political pundits are billing as barometer for November's midterm elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Bill Young • Florida
GOP groups hit Crist for 'political opportunism' over same-sex marriage comments
January 3rd, 2014
01:29 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP groups hit Crist for 'political opportunism' over same-sex marriage comments

(CNN) - Republican groups blasted former Florida governor - and current gubernatorial hopeful - Charlie Crist on Friday for switching his position on same-sex marriage.

Their criticism comes in the wake of Crist's apology for his previous support of Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Same-sex marriage
Rep. Trey Radel completes rehab, plans to stay in Congress
December 19th, 2013
04:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Rep. Trey Radel completes rehab, plans to stay in Congress

Updated 6:54 p.m., 12/19/2013

(CNN) -- U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession, left a rehab facility in Florida on Thursday, expressed remorse and said he planned to return to Washington to continue serving in Congress.

"I love what I do and I'm going to return to what I do, what you sent me to do in Washington, D.C., which is working for you and your family while I relish mine," Radel said at a news conference in Cape Coral, Florida.
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Filed under: Florida • House
Bob Barker says 'the choice is right'
December 12th, 2013
09:11 AM ET
7 months ago

Bob Barker says 'the choice is right'

(CNN) - Bob Barker is taking sides in a Republican primary for a vacant U.S. House seat in Florida.

The former longtime host of "The Price is Right" stars in a new TV commercial for David Jolly, who is running to succeed his one-time boss, the late Rep. Bill Young, who died earlier in October.

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Filed under: Florida • House of Representatives
Chairman of Florida GOP calls on Rep. Trey Radel to step down
November 25th, 2013
09:51 PM ET
8 months ago

Chairman of Florida GOP calls on Rep. Trey Radel to step down

(CNN) - The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida called on U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor cocaine possession, to step down in a statement released Monday night.

"The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida. Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family," said Chairman Lenny Curry.
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Filed under: Florida • House
Florida poll: Clinton, Bush neck-and-neck
November 22nd, 2013
08:42 AM ET
8 months ago

Florida poll: Clinton, Bush neck-and-neck

(CNN) - In the crucial swing state of Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush appears to be the top contender among a crop of potential GOP presidential candidates, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite for Democratic voters, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey also indicates that if the two were to square off in an election held today, Clinton would barely edge out Bush, 47%-45%.
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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Polls
Florida Poll: Scott trails Crist in key gubernatorial race
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
November 21st, 2013
08:21 AM ET
8 months ago

Florida Poll: Scott trails Crist in key gubernatorial race

(CNN) – A new poll in what may end up being the marquee gubernatorial battle of 2014 indicates Democratic challenger and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist with a single digit lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 47% of Sunshine State voters say they'd vote for Crist if the 2014 election were held today, with four in 10 saying they'd vote for Scott, who was elected governor in 2010.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Polls • Rick Scott
November 21st, 2013
07:10 AM ET
8 months ago

Rep. Trey Radel to take leave of absence, enter drug treatment

(CNN) - Calling his drug possession conviction a "wake up call," U.S. Rep. Trey Radel says he is taking a leave of absence for an unspecified time and will enter an in-patient drug treatment program.

"I have no excuse for what I have done. I have let down our country," he said at a news conference Wednesday night, hours after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine.

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Filed under: Florida • House
Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius
November 20th, 2013
03:19 PM ET
8 months ago

Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius

(CNN) - Talk about bad timing.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius paid a visit Tuesday to community health center in Florida where a group of navigators were helping local consumers sign up for health insurance through the federal exchange website - HealthCare.gov.

As she stopped to talk to one of the enrollees, the website temporarily crashed.
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Filed under: Florida • Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
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