Of the octet of members that comprise the “Gang of 8? pushing for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, none has more to gain (or lose) than Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
Rubio is widely seen as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and touching immigration, which remains a, well, touchy subject among the GOP rank and file, brings real risk with it.
“This is going to be tough for Republicans and the recidivist elements [...]
Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott says he will not implement the state health insurance exchanges mandated in the 2010 federal health care law despite President Barack Obama’s re-election.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports:
Speaking on the New College of Florida campus following a meeting of the state’s university governing board, Scott said it will cost taxpayers and business owners too much to expand Medicaid and set up health insurance exchanges as [...]
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —
Republican Rep. Allen West took the first steps in a legal challenge Wednesday in his closely watched re-election bid even as Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy declared a razor-thin victory.
West, the south Florida Republican who has made headlines nationally for his fiery tea party rhetoric, filed motions asking a judge to require elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines. Separately, his campaign alleged “disturbing irregularities” at [...]
Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana declare state of emergency as storm approaches
Winds topping 100mph expected to hit Florida Keys
Category Two hurricane could land near New Orleans on Wednesday
Eight people killed in flooding in Haiti; 10-year-old girl killed there when storm caused a wall to fall on her
Storm hit Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba
Hundreds of flights cancelled across Florida
Republican convention in Tampa postponed on Monday and Tuesday
Tens of thousands of [...]
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Tampa during the Republican National Convention, a campaign official confirms.
“Next week, on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28, Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Tampa area and other cities for campaign events,” an Obama campaign official tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “Additional details on the Vice President’s trip are forthcoming.”
TAMPA, Florida — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the GOP will respond tenfold [...]
Insisting that the General Services Administration’s bureaucrats-gone-wild party in Las Vegas may be the “tip of the iceberg,” Rep. John Mica tells Newsmax.TV that wasteful practices by the agency could top billions when all is said and done.
“It has to be the poster child for bad management,” declared Mica in an exclusive interview after emerging from Wednesday’s hearing on the embattled agency by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, [...]
Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate the federal government’s tax on Olympic medals, saying the levy amounted to yet another way the government tries to punish those who succeed.
Athletes who win a gold medal also earn a $25,000 honorarium — and with it a $8,986 tax bill to the IRS, according to Americans for Tax Reform, which crunched the numbers. That covers both the honorarium and the tax on the value of the [...]
President Barack Obama mocked Mitt Romney for signing ‘America the Beautiful’ on the campaign trail and bashed the Republican challenger’s firm Bain Capital and claimed it outsourced jobs overseas.
The commercial pairs Romney’s off-key rendition of the beloved patriotic song with images of empty factories and news headlines linking him with sending jobs to Mexico, China and India.
However, a nonpartisan watchdog group says those claims are exaggerated or completely false.
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Published: April 27
Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made [...]
The U.S. Senate passed a two-year, $109 billion surface-transportation bill as states began to assess the impact of a provision that penalizes them for hiring companies to run highways.
The focus on the highway and transit package, which both parties framed as necessary for job creation, now returns to the House.
Speaker John Boehner has said the House may work from the Senate bill, which passed 74-22, if enough Republicans can’t be [...]
Newt Gingrich was just days away from the Jan. 31 Florida Republican presidential primary when he told reporters that his campaign was down to its last $600,000.
Five losing contests later, Gingrich and Winning Our Future, an outside political action committee supporting him, are almost silent on television airwaves, offering free water and coffee at events, and revamping a fundraising strategy based largely on the support of a single wealthy backer, Sheldon Adelson, [...]
From Washington Times:
Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday took the Obama administration to task for its new mandate that religious organizations pay for their workers’ birth control, calling President Obama a “terrible president.”
Speaking to a receptive crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, the freshamn Florida Republican characterized the mandate as un-American and unconstitutional.
“You may not agree with that [religious] institution, but that’s not the point. The point [...]
Voters in Tuesday’s Florida Republican primary chose Mitt Romney as the candidate best able to beat President Barack Obama in the fall, preferring electability over ideology in lifting the former Massachusetts governor to a broad victory despite concerns that his issue positions are not conservative enough.
ROMNEY RECAPTURES ELECTABILTY: A majority of Florida GOP voters said Romney is the candidate best able to beat Obama in a general election matchup; only [...]
Mitt Romney has won the Florida Republican presidential primary, Fox News projects.
The victory, in the GOP contest’s biggest state to date, is likely to give the former Massachusetts governor a burst of momentum as he and Newt Gingrich battle for the lead in what has become an increasingly negative race.
With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Romney is leading with 47 percent. Gingrich has 31 percent, followed by Rick Santorum with [...]
by Jason Mattera
In a scathing letter to sent to Barack Obama this morning, Senator Marco Rubio said that under the President’s first term in office, “more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation.”
Rubio went on to pledge that he would challenge any further increase in the debt ceiling, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we [...]
Manuel Roig-Franzia is a reporter for the Washington Post who once got punched by his 70 year old editor, Henry Allen, for writing “the second worst story [Allen had] seen in Style in 43 years.” That’s right, Roig-Franzia wrote a horrible piece in the Style section. His 70 year old editor did not like it. Roig-Franzia reportedly called his 70 year old editor and Marine a “c**ksucker”, and the Marine [...]
GOP Solyndra probe wants Obama’s BlackBerry messages
By: Darren Samuelsohn October 6, 2011 04:06 PM EDT
The GOP’s demand for all White House communications on Solyndra covers President Barack Obama’s personal BlackBerry messages too, Rep. Cliff Stearns said Thursday.
The Florida Republican said he made the precedent-setting request to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on Wednesday after newly released emails showed that warning flags about the California [...]
A Congressional committee has taken the first steps in investigating the Planned Parenthood abortion business over abuses ranging from financial disparities to its compliance with federal regulations on taxpayer funding to concerns that it is covering up cases of sex trafficking.
In a September 15 letter LifeNews.com obtained, Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican who is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations, [...]
Earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio made an auspicious debut.
Unlike so many first turns in the upper chamber, Rubio’s stirring remarks, which celebrated American exceptionalism, caught fire. The Florida Republican’s words were cited by Senate colleagues and championed by conservatives. To no one’s surprise, the push to put Rubio on the 2012 ticket only increased, even though the charismatic freshman continues to swat away the chatter.
Look for [...]