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This week President Barack Obama proposed reclassifying the Internet as a public utility. Some Floridians are applauding the idea as a way to protect startup businesses and consumers. But the cable industry is fighting back, saying the level of regulation the president proposes would stifle investment and potentially limit service to those same consumers.

The Ping-Pong table in the lobby confirms it: This is a startup incubator. The sleek-looking shared workspace is called Domi Station. It’s just off the Florida State University campus.

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A recent Quinnipiac poll suggests by a slim margin, Florida women favor Democrat challenger Charlie Crist over Republican Governor Rick Scott. In the first part of a two-part series, we’ll find out what top GOP women actually think of their gubernatorial candidate: Rick Scott.

To First Lady Ann Scott, her husband is a very hard worker who cares a lot about people, including Floridians. She says both of them—high school sweethearts—didn’t have a lot in the beginning.

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A coalition of conservative groups are calling on Florida’s Congressional delegation to help get immigration reform done on a federal level. They say Congress should take its cues from the Republican-led Florida Legislature, which already passed a couple of immigration reforms this year.

State lawmakers approved measures allowing children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition and they also paved the way for non-citizens to practice law in Florida. Al Cardenas, the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, says that sends a strong message.


A new poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Florida voters has fallen to 40-percent. So, will that could reflect poorly on other Democratic races in Florida, including Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist?

University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan MacManus says President Obama’s slip in approval will mean the GOP will seize the opportunity to draw a link between Obama and Charlie Crist, especially since there are several pictures of them together.

Following U.S. House passage of a bill which would direct money to water conservation in Florida, a Congressman who pushed the legislation is calling on Governor Rick Scott to stop the political gamesmanship with regards to the state’s local waterways.

In recent weeks, there’ve been several calls for President Barack Obama to take a tour of Florida’s damaged waterways, and Scott has been particularly critical.

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Two Florida congressmen urged their colleagues to save the state’s waterways during a Thursday panel on Capitol Hill.  Republican Trey Radel and Democrat Patrick Murphy discussed how to address the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to Florida waterways. Radel says he, like Governor Rick Scott, would like to see President Barack Obama visit the state to survey the problem.

Don’t underestimate the state’s Independent voters. That’s the advice some Florida political experts have for the two main political parties ahead of the 2014 gubernatorial election.

University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan MacManus says Florida’s Republican and Democratic parties need to watch out for what she calls the state’s most volatile electorate: independent voters. She says the number of people who register with the state claiming “No Party Affiliation” is on an upswing.

You may not think the GOP would greet President Barack Obama with open arms. But, a Republican Florida Congressman as well as the head of the state’s Republican Party welcomed the President to Florida Wednesday in their own special way.

Florida Congressman Trey Radel, who serves the 19th Congressional District in Southwest Florida, didn’t exactly put out the welcome mat. He says President Obama is continually showing lack of leadership, from the IRS Scandal in which conservative groups may have been targeted to Obama’s recent visit to Miami.

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President Barack Obama is slated to visit the Port of Miami this afternoon, but Governor Rick Scott says the President is a “late to the party” when it comes to Florida port investment. In a conference call Thursday, Scott said he wants the federal government to reimburse the state for the money taxpayers have invested in Florida ports.

"When President Obama comes to the Port of Miami, we'd like him to commit the federal government's reimbursement of 75 million Florida taxpayer dollars that we have spent on the federal government's share of the dredging project," said Scott.

With looming federal budget cuts on the horizon, President Barack Obama could issue an order to reduce federal spending for valuable programs at any time on Friday. And, it’s an announcement Republicans say could be very bad for Floridians.

What’s known as sequestration could mean a huge dip in funding for the state. And, Governor Rick Scott says it will have a dramatic impact on Florida's military bases and defense industry. Scott also says sequestration will lead to reductions in the National Guard which the Governor says could be detrimental to public safety.

Republicans have known for awhile now that Charlie Crist would likely make the switch to the Democratic Party, and the former Republican Governor did so late Friday evening. Now, many are saying the move reaffirms speculation that Crist plans to run against Governor Rick Scott in 2014 to lead the state again.

Latino Voters Shake Up Florida Elections

Nov 16, 2012

Analysts say President Barack Obama owes a big thank you to Latino voters, who many say made up a big chuck of his Florida win. That comes as a surprise to pollsters who predicted a Romney win. But for grass roots organizers in Florida, it wasn’t a surprise at all.

“I believe that we are the determining factor in the presidential election.” Says Julsea Arsen with the voter advocacy group Mi Familia Vota. She says the Latino population has grown dramatically throughout Central Florida. And she believes the group’s outreach in that area paid off big.

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Actor Jason Alexander has been stopping in swing states across the country, campaigning for President Barack Obama. And, he stopped Wednesday in Tallahassee to talk to young voters about why it’s important to vote in the presidential election.

“Fired Up! Ready to Go! Fired Up! Ready to Go!”

A group of Florida State University students chanted a slogan that’s famous among President Barack Obama’s campaign, as they waited for Jason Alexander to arrive.

He’s an actor whose most notable role is George Costanza, one of the four main characters of the TV show “Seinfeld.”

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With the presidential election about a month away, both the Obama and Romney campaigns are tailoring their message to certain groups. Republicans sent former GOP presidential candidate, U.S. Senator John McCain, to Tallahassee Wednesday to talk to his fellow veterans about why Mitt Romney deserves to be the next President of the United States.

“I’m Dale, and I’m here to introduce you to a personal friend, who I’ve known for many years, and whom I’ve served with for many years in the prison camps in North Vietnam.”

Florida’s Hispanic population makes up eight-percent of total people living in the United States, making it the third largest in the nation. That’s one of the reasons both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are making trips to Florida almost every week to capture the state’s large Hispanic population. Political experts say a big component to winning the overall election this year will be grabbing the Latino vote, especially in key battleground states, like Florida.

Obama Leads In Polls With Cuban Voters

Sep 12, 2012

A new poll released Wednesday showed President Barack Obama making inroads in a traditionally-Republican voting bloc. President Obama now has a 16-point lead among Cuban-Americans in Florida over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Survey USA’s poll editor Jay Leve said minorities are a cornerstone to the President’s Florida strategy.

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Governor Rick Scott is remembering a law enforcement officer, who lost his life while helping to escort President Barack Obama over the weekend. Scott says his heart goes out to Officer Bruce St. Laurent and his family.

“Our family [thoughts] goes out to that family and the entire law enforcement community in that area, and you just can’t imagine the devastation in these families,” said Scott.

Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are eagerly looking forward to tonight’s speech by former President Bill Clinton. Many are expecting the clout of the former president to push undecided voters toward president Obama.

Florida delegate Seeta Begui says because President Clinton had a balanced budget during his administration, his support of President Obama during tonight’s speech should serve as an inspiration.

Former Governor Charlie Crist says he shares President Barack Obama’s vision for the future of the state and the nation. And, in addition to the recent endorsement, the former Republican is also speaking at the Democratic National Convention. But, many Florida GOP leaders say Crist is a turncoat, who is just trying to make a political comeback.

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention, which starts Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The former Republican says his main talking point at the convention focuses on why President Barack Obama should stay in office.

In a recent interview with Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, former Republican Governor Charlie Crist gave a brief preview of his speech for the Democratic National Convention.

The Republican National Convention started its first full day with a Fresh from Florida Victory Breakfast. Several of Florida’s top GOP leaders used the opportunity to sing the praises of Mitt Romney.

Tuesday’s Fresh from Florida Victory Breakfast kicked off with blueberry pancakes and an appearance from Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.


Florida’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist is endorsing President Barack Obama. But, state GOP leaders say Crist’s announcement is nothing more than political opportunism.

In an op-ed article Sunday, Crist says President Obama is the “right leader for our nation and our state.” But, his support of the President garnered criticism from Republicans, Crist’s former party. That includes Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.