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Third Democrat announces run in Florida Senate race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Another Democrat has signed up in an effort to unseat Republican US Senator Marco Rubio. Former Orlando Police Chief, Val Demings, 64, has released her campaign ad. It was shot in front of the Jacksonville church she grew up in. Demings already has a million dollars in her campaign account. Rubio has nearly $4 million. Two other Democrats, Alan Grayson and Allen Ellison, announced their run months ago. The post Third Democrat announces run in Florida Senate race appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Fried faces financial scrutiny days after announcing run for Florida governor

Less than 24 hours after Commissioner of Agriculture Democrat Nikki Fried filed to run for governor, a Republican senator wants to dig into her finances. That senator is chairman of the Republican Party Joe Gruters.  He claims Fried earned far more than she first reported. He’s asking Naples Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo-Dist. 28, who chairs the state rules committee to investigate further. “The complaint alleges that she improperly took or didn’t report funds from her lobbying firm,” Passidomo said. The letter from Gruters said Fried’s first report in 2018...

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Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a pair of bills focused on “nefarious foreign influence and corporate espionage” — particularly singling out China, which he accused of stealing intellectual property and infiltrating broad sectors of American society, especially academia. “There is no single entity that exercises a more pervasive nefarious influence across a wide range of American industries and institutions than the Communist Party of China,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Miami. The Republican governor, who has sought to seize the national...

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Miami Commissioner Ken Russell to challenge Marco Rubio for US Senate

MIAMI, Fla. [NBC6] – City of Miami commissioner Ken Russell plans to challenge Marco Rubio for his US Senate Seat in 2022, he announced via social media on Thursday. The District 2 commissioner, who is running as a Democrat, said he is “running for US Senate to defeat @marcorubio. Together, let’s clean up the Senate and restore our country’s character,” the post read. His announcement was complete with a video that touted his woodworking credentials and suggested that politics should be looked the way a woodworker looks at a project. “You start with what you want to...

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Byron Donalds criticizes Biden for terminating Trump-era border policy

DONNA, Tx. — Florida Congressman Byron Donalds is at the United States-Mexico Border and is criticizing the Biden administration’s latest change to how the US handles asylum seekers. An asylum seeker is a non-US citizen who comes to the US seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a certain social group. President Biden ended the Trump-era policy that forced people seeking asylum to wait in Mexico until their court dates in the US. READ THE FULL...

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NBC2 talks exclusively with Nikki Fried after she announces run for governor

Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried said she’s running for governor to break what she calls a rigged system. She is urging Florida voters to try something new since the state has never had a woman as governor. Fried is Florida’s only statewide elected democrat. She won the seat back in 2018 when she defeated former state representative and now Lee Property Appraiser Republican Matt Caldwell. She now believes she’s the best candidate to defeat Governor Ron DeSantis. NBC2’s Chief Political Reporter Dave Elias spoke with Fried after the announcement:...

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Florida Ag. Commissioner Nikki Fried enters governor’s race

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried has joined the governor’s race. According to the Florida Department of State, Fried filed for candidacy on June 1 for the 2022 General Election. Fried, who is a Democrat, has long been hinting at running for governor and has been one of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ fiercest critics. In 2018, Fried was the only Democrat to win a statewide election, and she is currently the only Democrat in DeSantis’ cabinet. Last week, sources close to the matter said Fried would announce her candidacy at a news conference on Tuesday. Fried...

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried expected to announce run for governor next week

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried is expected to announce she will run for governor next week, sources close to the matter said. Fried, who is a Democrat, is expected to make a “major announcement” at a news conference on Tuesday. Fried would go up against former Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2022 Primary, though early polls favor Crist. Democrat Annette Taddeo is also considering running. The post Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried expected to announce run for governor next week appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Senate Republicans unveil counteroffer to Biden’s infrastructure plan — Here’s what’s in it

WASHINGTON / CNBC — Senate GOP members sent a $928 billion counteroffer for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan on Thursday, as the sides see whether they can reach a bipartisan deal. The plan includes: $506 billion for roads, bridges, and major infrastructure projects, including $4 billion for electric vehicles $98 billion for public transit $72 billion for water systems $65 billion for broadband $56 billion for airports $46 billion for passenger and freight rail systems $22 billion for ports and waterways $22 billion for water storage $21 billion for safety efforts $20 billion...

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Longtime US Senator John Warner dies at 94

CNN – John Warner, a longtime US Senator from Virginia, has died aged 94, a former staff member said. Warner, who served in Senate for three decades, died peacefully of heart failure on Tuesday. He was surrounded by his wife Jeanne Warner and other family members, the former staff member said. Warner served in the US Navy during World War II and the Marines during the Korean War. He later served as secretary of the Navy and as a Republican US senator from 1979 through 2009, CNN reported. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and retired...

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