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Starting this month, state Rep. Greg Steube plans to hold four fundraisers in the span of 15 days as he attempts to jump from the House to a state Senate seat. The whirlwind fundraising binge was arranged because Steube, R-Sarasota, can’t raise money during parts of October, November, January and March -- and all of February -- when the Legislature is in session. But it’s also a sign of just how much cash must be raised to be competitive in a Senate race.
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WASHINGTON - It was late Thursday at the Capitol and the crowds had gone. Outside of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s suite, the halls were empty and silent, save for a police officer strolling through the rotunda. On the marble floor were pieces of masking tape with the names of elected officials scrawled in black, marking the places were they stood to greet Pope Francis hours earlier. Politico’s Jake Sherman and I stood there for an hour or so, steno pads in hand and trading stories, as we waited for Boehner to appear. We had heard rumors from several members that Boehner was mulling retirement and that, as a devout Catholic, he privately saw the pope’s congressional visit, which he had orchestrated, as a fitting denouement to his long political career. Continue reading Robert Costa's debrief in the The Washington Post.
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TALLAHASSEE—Rep. Corrine Brown reiterated her belief today that a proposed redrawing of her North Florida congressional district includes too many prisoners, which will make it difficult for a black Democratic candidate to win.
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TALLAHASSEE — House staffers defended their work drawing new congressional maps, and plaintiffs made a failed plea to shield their own deliberations, during a marathon first day in what is expected to be the final stretch of a three-year legal battle over the state's redistricting.
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Dr. John Armstrong, Florida’s surgeon general and Health Department secretary, on Thursday said he has colon cancer and will be undergoing surgery Friday. Armstrong, appointed in 2012, disclosed his diagnosis in a note to department employees. “We all know health is personal, and today I need to share with you how it is impacting my life,” he said. Armstrong, a trauma surgeon, said Dr. Celeste Philip, the department’s deputy secretary, would be acting secretary while he recovers. “I appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time,” Armstrong said.
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WASHINGTON – Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham said Thursday she will vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran because she has "grave doubts" it will stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. In an op-ed column and a phone interview Thursday with the Tallahassee Democrat, Graham said she weighed her position carefully before concluding the deal is bad for the U.S. and its allies.
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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's office scrubbed a press release written by his own regulators that found there was no "mishandling of fetal remains" at clinics run by Planned Parenthood and, at the same time, said it would refer doctors who worked at those clinics to the state Board of Medicine for possible disciplinary action. 
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THE ROTUNDA -- Lauren Book, crusader against child sex abuse and daughter of one of Florida’s top lobbyists, officially announced Monday her State Senate bid for a Fort Lauderdale seat that should be hers for the taking.
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The latest poll out of Iowa is not good news for the two Florida Republicans competing in the GOP presidential primary contest. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are tied in fifth place with 6 percent of the vote in a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend. 
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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell is stepping down in the wake of a POLITICO Florida report that she took nine weeks of vacation and racked up nearly $30,000 in travel bills last year while her agency was struggling with a fund scandal and audit. Her resignation takes effect Oct. 1. She will leave to pursue opportunities in the private sector. “Cynthia has been part of my team since my first year in office and she has done a tremendous job serving Florida families,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement announcing the resignation. He did not ask her to resign, his office said.
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