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On the heels of nine nursing home deaths due to Hurricane Irma, Florida’s U.S. Senators have filed a bipartisan bill to create a national panel that looks into ways to help seniors during a disaster.

With the deaths of nine residents of a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., want to create a national panel that would look at meeting the needs of seniors during disasters.

Protesters gathered outside a sold out fundraiser in Altamonte Springs Tuesday night waving signs that read “Stop hiding,” and “Hold a town hall.” They hoped to make a statement for Senator Marco Rubio, who was delivering the keynote address at the Seminole County Republicans Lincoln Day dinner.

Ticket prices for the sold-out fundraiser started at $150 and went up to $3,000 for a special reception and a seat at the VIP table.

Florida's senators were split in their votes on the plan to debate repealing and replacing Obamacare.


Florida’s senators split their vote Tuesday to open debate on the Republican replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Senator Marco Rubio says it’s not fair to financially punish states like Florida that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, pleased that his demands were met on crafting the bill to repeal Obamacare, said he was ready to announce his support for the Republican backed legislation, the Miami Herald reported.

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Four months after his staff packed up and left its Tampa office, at the direction of a landlord frustrated by weekly demonstrations, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio still is looking for a home base in one of his state's largest metropolitan areas.

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She’s one of the most sought-after political analysts in Florida and the nation, and she has a new book out, "Florida's Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government.” Our latest Florida Matters “Newsmaker” is University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus.


Activists statewide are urging U.S. Senator Marco Rubio reject a controversial healthcare overhaul approved earlier this month by the House.  They showed up Tuesday at the Republican’s offices throughout the state.

Rubio Kicked Out Of Tampa Office Because Of Protesters

Mar 1, 2017
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is looking for a new office location in Tampa after the owner of his current space decided not to renew his lease because of constant disruptions from protesters.

Sen. Marco Rubio said he has not held an open forum with constituents because the room would be packed by "liberal activists" and wouldn't be productive.


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Build the wall? Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says it wouldn't make much of a difference. WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at that claim and another comment on immigration from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.

 

For all the talk about President Trump's moves to restrict the flow of illegal immigrants into the country -- and yes, build the wall -- there might be more people who simply fly into the country and overstay their visa.

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio met with Southwest Florida citrus growers Friday in Immokalee to discuss challenges facing the industry and how the federal government can help.  The bacterial disease, citrus greening, has decimated the industry over the past decade, reducing crop yields by 70 percent compared to where they stood twenty years ago. 

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio won a second term Tuesday in a race where he was forced to defend his support for Donald Trump and turn back suggestions he was only seeking re-election to advance his future presidential ambitions.

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Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday continued to push for more federal funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. But the governor has a bad track record in prying dollars from Washington. That's the word from PolitiFact Florida, which says he's only gotten half of his requests for declarations of "major disasters." WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with PolitiFact's Josh Gillin.

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Businessman Todd Wilcox is dropping out of Florida's Senate race and will back Marco Rubio, who decided at the last minute to run for re-election.

Wilcox made his announcement Friday, two days after saying he would stay in the race despite Rubio's decision.

That leaves only Carlos Beruff in the GOP primary against Rubio, who dropped out of the presidential election in March and insisted he wouldn't seek a second term. On Wednesday, two days before the deadline to get on the ballot, Rubio announced he changed his mind.

Reports of Marco Rubio's eagerness to leave the Senate may be greatly exaggerated.

Rubio To Hold Hearing On Heroin 'Epidemic'

May 25, 2016

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will hold a hearing Thursday in Washington on heroin-related issues, with the panelists including Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and officials from the U.S. Department of State and the federal Office of Drug Control Policy, according to Rubio's office.

Florida Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio campaigned Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. 

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