New racial controversy batters DeSantis

A Republican activist who donated more than $20,000 to Ron DeSantis and lined up a speech for him at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club recently called President Barack Obama a “F—- MUSLIM N—-” on Twitter, in addition to making other inflammatory remarks. Steven M. Alembik told POLITICO on Wednesday he wrote the Obama tweet in…

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Polling shows Dem. State Senate Candidate Olivia Babis leading

Faith Olivia Babis is leading Republican state Rep. Joe Gruters in the race for SD 23 by 3 percentage points. (The polling on the District 23 race is included in this story on FloridaPolitics.com) Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Caroline Rowland was quoted saying, “After 20 years of Republican rule in Florida, it is clear that absolute power has corrupted absolutely.…

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Andrew Gillum’s political committee just raised $1.75 million in one week

Last week, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis asked why his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum was making so few public appearances in Florida. The answer, apparently: he was fundraising in Washington, D.C. Gillum’s political committee had a banner week from Sept. 8 through Sept. 14, hauling in over $1.75 million from 196 different contributions. (Read more in TampaBay.com)

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U.S. ‘sugar cartel’ has secured an even sweeter deal

U.S. sugar producers received the third highest share of “trade-distorting” government aid in the world between 2015 and 2017, behind only Vietnam and the Philippines, according to data compiled by Jared Greenville, senior agricultural policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In absolute terms, only China provided more aid to its sugar…

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Local Indivisibles Protesting #RedTideRick Scott Make News

“Wheels Fall Off Scott’s Bus Tour,” began today’s Politico Florida Playbook.  “Rick Scott campaign stop besieged by red tide protesters,” wrote Zac Anderson in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Indeed, working with less than two days’ notice that Scott would be at a Venice restaurant to greet supporters, Englewood Indivisible, Indivisible Venice, several Democratic Party organizations and…

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Charlotte County left behind in Rick Scott’s economy

Nearly half of Florida’s 67 counties had fewer jobs than a decade ago, according to a 2017 report by the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Most are smaller rural communities in North and  Central Florida and around Lake Okeechobee. Other counties include Alachua, Baker, Charlotte, Citrus, Columbia, DeSoto, Gadsden, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Holmes, Levy, and Okaloosa.…

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Andrew Gillum agrees to Univision, Leadership Florida debates

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum accepted invitations to debates hosted by Univision and by Leadership Florida. But whether Republican Ron DeSantis will be on stage as well remains unclear.

“We hope that Congressman DeSantis will join us, though it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to answer a single question about his nonexistent campaign platform,” said Gillum adviser Scott Arceneaux in a statement.

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Independent voters push Andrew Gillum up six points over Ron DeSantis, says new Rasmussen poll

Per Rasmussen Reports, Democrat Andrew Gillum has a six point lead over Republican Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race.

The Rasmussen poll of 800 likely voters was conducted Monday and Tuesday.

Gillum was buoyed by female and NPA voters, and held his own with men and white voters, while DeSantis continues to show difficulty reaching out beyond his base.

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