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Elections 2016: Florida House Of Representatives District 39 Candidate Neil Combee

Nov 1, 2016

Republican Neil Combee is seeking his third term as the District 39 Florida House representative on Nov. 8.

Elections 2016: Florida House of Representatives District 67 Candidate Chris Latvala

Nov 1, 2016

Rachel Goode had no idea who Chris Latvala was. She had been busy struggling for two years to find a diagnosis for her young daughter, who had suddenly become paralyzed at 14 months old.

Elections 2016: Florida House of Representatives District 63 Candidate Shawn Harrison

Nov 1, 2016

Veteran politician Shawn Harrison is seeking his third term in the Florida House of Representatives.

Elections 2016: Florida House of Representatives District 60 Candidate David Singer

Nov 1, 2016

David Singer, a Democrat who is seeking to represent District 60 in the Florida House of Representatives, says career and family are important.

Elections 2016: Florida House of Representatives District 59 Candidate Ross Spano

Nov 1, 2016

Ross Spano says his reason for running to keep his seat representing District 59 and his hometown of Brandon in the Florida House of Representatives is simple.

“There’s more to do,” the Republican incumbent said.

Age: 50

Education: University of South Florida, Florida State University College of Law

Occupation: Attorney, Managing Partner of Spano & Woody, P.A.

Political Experience: Florida House of Representatives, 2012-present

Elections 2016: Florida House of Representatives District 59 Candidate Rena Frazier

Nov 1, 2016

Democrat Rena Frazier’s father grew up in one of the poorest sections of Tampa. She says he worked and fought to overcome his situation and become the first member of his family to receive a college degree.

He is now the main driving force behind Frazier’s campaign for District 59 in the House of Representatives.

Age: 38

Education: University of South Florida

Occupation: Lawyer, Quarles and Brady

Political experience: None

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Small, Puerto Rican flags dangle over dashboards at a busy intersection in Kissimmee. The sound of salsa echoes from the parking lot of popular supermarket where a lunchtime rush of people heads in for arepas, arroz con pollo, and other tasty delights.

“There’s a lot more people here now,” says Emma Ramos.

Orange County is a Democratic strong hold – but it wasn’t always that way. As the county got younger and younger, the area became more blue.

Back in the 1980s, Orange County was a Republican stronghold – voters overwhelmingly chose Ronald Reagan in those elections. But in the next two-decades, that margin started to slim.

Elections 2016: Hillsborough County Commission District 1 Candidate Jeff Zampitella

Oct 31, 2016

Political newcomer Jeff Zampitella is running against incumbent Sandra Murman for Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 1. Murman, a former state legislator, has held the seat for six years.

The 47-year-old Democrat has been a resident of Hillsborough County since 2004. Zampitella lives in downtown Tampa with his wife, Kristina. He has four daughters and four grandchildren.

Age: 47

Education: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, B.S., aeronautical science

Occupation: Delta Airlines Pilot

Political Experience: None

Elections 2016: Hillsborough County Commission District 1 Candidate Sandra Murman

Oct 31, 2016

Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman says she likes her job and wants to keep it.

The Republican is seeking election to the District 1 seat for the third time. Democratic political newcomer Jeff Zampitella is challenging her.

Elections 2016: Hillsborough Property Appraiser Candidate Todd Jones

Oct 31, 2016

Veteran appraiser Todd Jones says he isn’t ready for retirement just yet.

Elections 2016: Hillsborough Property Appraiser Candidate Bob Henriquez

Oct 31, 2016

Serving as Hillsborough County’s property appraiser is more than just a title or government position for Bob Henriquez. He says it’s a commitment to public service that has long been a tradition in his family.

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Thinking of memorializing your vote for the upcoming presidential election? You might want to think twice about that.

Florida is one of 18 states where it's illegal to take a selfie with your mail-in ballot or while you're in the voting booth.

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As Nov. 8 draws closer -- more and more ads, polls, and political pundits are defining what the election means. WUSF News is turning to you to learn the issues that will decide your vote.

So,we set up "Listening Posts" around the Bay Area.

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Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may consider Hillary Clinton to be public enemy number one. But the media – and the reporters covering the GOP candidate – are close behind. Take for example, his description of journalists just a few days ago in Tampa.  

“These people are among the most dishonest in the world – the media,” Trump said to a roaring crowd. “They are the worst. They’re trying to fix the election for crooked Hillary.”

Elections 2016: Florida Senate District 23 Candidate Frank Alcock

Oct 27, 2016

Frank Alcock III, a political science professor at New College of Florida in Sarasota, is the Democratic candidate for Florida Senate, District 23.

Elections 2016: Florida Senate District 22 Candidate Debra Wright

Oct 27, 2016

Former principal and Lakeland native Debra S. Wright is focusing the bulk of her campaign in Senate District 22 on fixing Florida’s education system, from kindergarten to college.

Elections 2016: Florida House District 74 Candidate Manny Lopez

Oct 27, 2016

Democrat Manny Lopez says he is frustrated with what is going on in politics these days. That’s a big reason he is running for the District 74 seat in the state House of Representatives.

Elections 2016: Florida Senate District 23 Candidate Greg Steube

Oct 26, 2016

 

Rep. Greg Steube was 22 years old when he interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, a role that inspired him to pursue a career in politics.

Elections 2016: Florida Senate District 22 Candidate Kelli Stargel

Oct 26, 2016

Sen. Kelli Stargel has politics running through her veins. Stargel’s great-great-great grandfather Aaron Jernigan served on the Florida House of Representatives back in 1848.

Elections 2016: Florida House District 74 Candidate Julio Gonzalez

Oct 26, 2016

Julio Gonzalez said he feels his Republican-heavy district is poised to return him and his conservative agenda to the Florida House, where the Catholic has fought for religious freedom against what he calls unconstitutional laws.

When Florida voters look at their ballots for the general election, they'll see six names printed in the presidential race box. But there are an equal number of qualified "write-in" candidates for president. Names you've probably never heard before.


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On Sunday, Christian conservatives rallied at Church of God Pentecostal to talk about the coming election. 

Former NFL player Burgess Owens was among those telling about 50 attendees that Democrats like President Barack Obama don't reflect his values. 

Florida is one of the most racially diverse battleground states, and the political geography of the Sunshine State — pockets of blue dotted along a long central strip of red — means its 29 electoral votes are a hard-fought prize.

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated Wednesday night in Las Vegas — the final time before the November election.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, live-annotated the debate. Portions of the debate transcript with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact checks below.

Find more coverage at nprpolitics.org.

Bill Clinton Stumps for Hillary in Safety Harbor

Oct 12, 2016
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Bill and Hillary Clinton spent their 41st wedding anniversary in Florida -- but not together.

While Hillary campaigned in Miami on Tuesday, the former president stumped for his wife in Safety Harbor.

Clinton, who talked about student debt and climate change, said he was proud of his wife's performance at Sunday's second presidential debate.

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In October of 2005, Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Pierce was patrolling part of Orlando’s Orange Blossom Trail.

“It was a high crime, high drug area,” he recalled.

At age 25, Pierce was already a six-year veteran of the force. He says he enjoyed the work.

One Monday, he caught a drug dealer in the act, and the suspect tried to flee. Another deputy shot the suspect with a Taser in the right arm.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head to head Monday night in the first presidential debate.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, live annotated the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact checks.

Note: The transcript on this page was updated live as the debate proceeded.

Mail-in Ballots Will Allow Voters To Vote From Home

Sep 23, 2016

The availability of mail-in ballots this election will allow votes to be cast from kitchen tables and living room couches, as opposed to polling booths.

The state Division of Elections says that more than 10 percent of Florida voters have already ordered mail-in ballots and that number continues to grow.

Coffee-colored water gurgles near the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam. It flows down the Caloosahatchee River, roughly 30 miles from Fort Myers.

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