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Florida democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is making medical marijuana a key part of her platform. The South Florida lobbyist is calling for federal legislation and vowing to expand the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Florida voters have clear choices among the major party candidates for governor.

Conservative Republican Ron DeSantis and progressive Democrat Andrew Gillum couldn’t be more different in their ideologies, and that could leave a large swath of voters scratching their heads in November.

Florida Gov. candidates with their running mates [from left to right]: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King, while Fla. Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez.
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This week, Florida gubernatorial candidates from the two major political parties chose their running mates: Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chose state Rep. Jeanette Nunez, while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, chose Orlando Businessman and former rival Chris King. Sascha Cordner spoke to University of Central Florida Political Scientist Aubrey Jewett to discuss the Republican and Democrat running mates, whether picking a Lieutenant Governor matters, and if the right choices were made on each ticket.

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Florida’s Commission on Ethics is investigating a complaint filed against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. It calls for a look into two trips Gillum took with lobbyists in 2016, and prompted his campaign to release receipts to show a paper trail. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s attorney isn’t optimistic about the matter being resolved before the general election.

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A Tallahassee judge has ordered three proposed constitutional amendments be stricken from the Florida ballot. Judge Karen Grievers says because the proposals contain several issues bundled into one, voters would not be able to answer with a simple yes or no.

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State Representative Jeanette Nuñez is Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis’ pick for lieutenant governor in Florida’s gubernatorial race. Nuñez, a Cuban-American from Miami, is a hit with Florida’s Republican Party — but isn’t exactly a conventional pick.

Andrew Gillum, his wife R. Jai welcome Chris King and wife Kristen via Facebook Live.
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Orlando businessman Chris King is joining Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum on the campaign trail. Gillum announced King as his Lieutenant Governor pick Thursday on Facebook live. 

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
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Through an ad, Florida’s Attorney General is wading into the debate about whether the U.S. Senate should confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

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Many of the proposed constitutional amendments heading for the Florida ballot this November are facing at least one challenge.  Tallahassee judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Wednesday about whether proposals bundled by the Constitution Revision Commission should go before voters.

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s campaign has released receipts from trips Gillum took in 2016 with lobbyists to Costa Rica and New York City. The disclosure comes amid the Florida Commission on Ethics’ probe into a complaint about how the trips were paid for.

Reynolds Hall on Florida State University's campus
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Florida State University is now facing another lawsuit over guns—this time, over the storage of rifles and shotguns in a vehicle on campus. It builds on a previous suit filed by a gun rights group a few years ago.

Attorney General candidates, Republican Ashley Moody and Democrat Sean Shaw
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After winning their Primaries, two Tampa natives will now face off in November in the race for Florida’s top cop. Florida could either get its first black Attorney General or its second female Attorney General.

Gov. Rick Scott, undated.
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Governor Rick Scott is directing an additional $3 million dollars to fight red tide in five of Florida’s most-affected counties. That brings grant funding to fight algae to a total of $9 million.

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The Florida Education Association has directed its support to a new candidate for governor after its former favorite, Gwen Graham, lost in the primary. The FEA says it is “disappointed” in Graham’s loss, but is backing Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum.

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A Leon County Circuit Judge will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit attempting to remove six constitutional amendments from the ballot in November. 

Congressman Ron DeSantis is under fire for what some say was a racist description of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's policies. Gillum and DeSantis are running for Florida governor. (8/29/18)
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is facing national backlash following remarks he made about his opponent Andrew Gillum. The racial implications of DeSantis’s comment have sparked outcry from figures across the political spectrum.

Jason Blitzer with his Lionfish Challenge submission.
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Labor Day is the last day to participate in the Lionfish Challenge.

The firm ChangeResearch, describes itself as a service for "forward-thinking" candidates. It conducted internal survey's for Andrew Gillum's campaign.
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A little-known polling firm based in California accurately called Florida’s democratic gubernatorial primary for Andrew Gillum. And it’s the firm the Gillum campaign relied on for its internal tracking. 

Congressman Ron DeSantis is under fire for what some say was a racist description of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's policies. Gillum and DeSantis are running for Florida governor. (8/29/18)
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The general election race for the Florida governor’s mansion is already off to a nasty start Wednesday Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis took to FOX news to blast Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s policies. 

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A surprise outcome in Florida’s democratic gubernatorial primary has Democrats hopeful to reclaim the governor’s mansion and wrest control from Republicans for the first time in 20 years. It also marks a strong shift to the left — and hopes rest with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who could become the first black governor in Florida’s history.

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's bus is parked on Kleman Plaza as he prepares for a statewide tour ahead of the August 28th primary. (8/20/18)
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has gone from the mayor of Florida’s capital city, to his party’s pick for the Governor’s mansion. He is poised to become the state’s first black governor, and the first Democrat in office in 20 years.

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Bob Rackleff is the Democratic nominee for Florida’s second congressional district. The former Leon County Commissioner edged out his challenger, Brandon Peters, by less than two percent in Tuesday’s primary election.

Al Lawson campaign
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Congressman Al Lawson won Tuesday’s Democratic primary election for the fifth congressional district, besting former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Lawson is looking past November’s election with an ambitious agenda for his next session.

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Ryan Torrens, an attorney running to be Florida’s next attorney general, is back on the ballot. Torrens has been reinstated after a judge ordered him off last week.

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In the last week before the state’s primary elections, Florida’s gubernatorial candidates put rubber to the road in a final push to woo voters.

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