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Bipartisanship in Washington -- or lack thereof -- and what Florida voters can do about it. That's what two former Congressman are talking about in a series of town halls around the state.


Former Congressmen David Jolly, a Republican, and Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, are currently on a speaking tour to address the lack of bi-partisanship in Washington D.C. 

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Two former congressmen from opposing parties plan to tour Florida and hold town hall meetings about what is wrong with Washington, D.C.

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One of the most hotly contested races for Congress in the Tampa Bay area pits two well-known candidates: Former Gov. Charlie Crist and the incumbent, Congressman David Jolly. The two debated recently at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg.

In this excerpt from this week's Florida Matters, they were asked by an audience member what they would do to achieve meaningful campaign finance reform. First, we'll hear from the Democratic challenger, Crist.
 

Jolly To Drop Senate Bid, Run For Re-election

Jun 17, 2016
Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF 89.7 News

U.S. Rep. David Jolly is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate and will run for re-election.

"Without a political rally, without a lot of fanfare, I have a simple request of my neighbors and of my community," Jolly said. "Today, I’m asking my community simply for the opportunity to keep doing my job."

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The four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate were the main event Saturday night at the Hillsborough Republican Party's Lincoln 2016 Red Ball.

The federal government has acknowledged that it wrongly declared more than 100 veterans dead and suspended their benefit payments, and says it is changing its policy of confirming deaths.

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Republican Congressman David Jolly, who's running for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat in 2016, thinks businessman Donald Trump should step out of the presidential race. But Jolly also agrees with him on something. It just depends on which Jolly message you focus on.

The 41-year old Re­pub­lic­an first ran for elec­ted of­fice just over a year ago in a spe­cial House elec­tion that drew na­tion­al at­ten­tion and big spend­ing in the slightly Demo­crat­ic-tilt­ing dis­trict. But Jolly is a vic­tim of re­dis­trict­ing: a mid-dec­ade re­draw of Flor­ida’s con­gres­sion­al lines makes his dis­trict sig­ni­fic­antly more Demo­crat­ic. Left with little hope of re­tain­ing the seat, Jolly im­me­di­ately began pre­paring for a Sen­ate bid. Jolly hin­ts that his mod­el of break­ing with his party fits his evenly di­vided con­gres­sion­al dis­trict, it’s not one that’s won him any fa­vor with con­ser­vat­ive groups.

Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was elected to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district in a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in November 2014. 

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 a.m.), we feature a newsmaker special with Jolly, who is now campaigning for the Senate seat being vacated by  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.  

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The University of South Florida student stuck in a Cuban hospital because her family doesn't have health insurance may be a step closer to returning home.

Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez, 22, was in a coma for five days after a car accident in Cuba. She's since come out of the coma, but has been stuck in Cuba since her family can't afford to fly her back to the U.S.

Now, according to Congressman David Jolly, a Bay area air ambulance company has offered to bring Jimenez home free of charge.


On Monday, Pinellas Congressman David Jolly announced he's running for the U.S. Senate, vying to succeed Marco Rubio. So that means he's now in the sights of the fact-checkers at PolitiFact Florida. WUSF's Steve Newborn speaks with PolitiFact's Amy Hollyfield about some of Jolly's claims to be a true conservative.
 

Congressman David Jolly, who represents  Pinellas County's District 13, announced Monday he's running to fill the seat being vacated by Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. Jolly says he'll make a formal announcement Monday night at 7 at the Republican Club of Greater Largo, at Alfano’s Restaurant in Clearwater.

Congressman David Jolly Addresses VA Concerns at Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

Jun 16, 2014

Congressman David Jolly addressed a myriad of questions from Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members this afternoon. Jolly spoke at length about the controversy surrounding VA hospitals, and their delays in treatment of veterans.

Jolly said that veterans should be allowed to seek care from private doctors to avoid the long waiting lists.

The sudden and surprise announcement comes days after a Tampa Bay Times report about him seemingly padding his educational background and resume. Jany entered the race at the last minute — after Democrats more or less threatened a prominent African-American minister to keep him out of the contest.

"I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election," Sink said in a statement. "I want to thank every voter, volunteer and donor for their support — we can all be proud of the strong campaign we ran. I look forward to finding new, rewarding avenues where I can continue to effectively serve the people of Florida.

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. on March 12.

Republican David Jolly wrung out a victory during a special election in Florida on Tuesday for the Tampa Bay-area district vacated by the late Rep. Bill Young.

As our friends at It's All Politics reported, the neck-and-neck race between Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink was seen as "a proxy for how President Obama and his signature health care legislation will play at the polls in November."

David Jolly Wins District 13 Special Election

Mar 11, 2014
Associated Press

Results from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Electionswith 225 out of 225 precincts in District 13 reporting, show Republican David Jolly has won the special election with 48.43 percent of the vote.

The district covers most of Pinellas County and was held for more than 40 years by Republican C.W. "Bill" Young, who passed away in October.

Here are the results, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

There's a congressional election in Florida on Tuesday that's worth watching — even if you don't live in the Tampa Bay-area district where it's taking place.

It's not because the winner of the neck-and-neck special election between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly will affect the GOP's stranglehold on the U.S. House this cycle. It won't.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The question to the three candidates running for Congressional Distrcit 13, Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young’s former seat, was straightforward:

“The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration bill. If it’s brought to a vote in the house, would you support it? And, why? And if not, why?” asked moderator Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor.

The candidates answered in order.

First, Libertarian Lucas Overby who said he would support the Senate immigration bill.

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