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Florida Republican Party

Despite much-publicized efforts by the Florida Democratic Party and its allies, state data shows Republicans in the swing state are far outpacing Democrats when it comes to the raw number of registered voters.

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz at the podium
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Hillsborough County Republicans held their annual Lincoln Day dinner over the weekend. They plowed past the impeachment hearings and predicted better days are ahead.

Florida Democrats are crediting the Sunshine State’s significance in next year’s election for President Donald Trump’s decision to declare himself a full-time Florida man.

On Friday’s program, we took a closer look at Florida’s Republican Party with Mike Haridopolos, author of  The Modern Republican Party of Florida and George Will, a columnist and the author of The Conservative Sensibility.

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In Florida, voter pre-registration is open to both 16 and 17-year-olds, which means their private information like phone numbers, addresses, and birth dates is public record. Two Florida lawmakers are trying to change that.

The Republican Party of Florida has elected a new leader.

State Sen. Joe Gruters of Sarasota was chosen to lead the state GOP at the party's annual meeting in Orlando Saturday.

Florida's Republican legislative leaders are starting their final negotiations on a new state budget after reaching a deal on key details behind closed doors.

Florida's elections commission is waiving a hefty $110,000 fine that had been placed on the Republican Party of Florida.

Florida House leaders are being criticized for a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers to talk about healthcare issues.

Gov. Scott, Crist Target Hispanic Voters

Jul 10, 2014
Republican Party of Florida

The latest week in the governor's race ought to put to rest any shred of doubt about the importance of the Hispanic vote in this year's election and also give Floridians a glimpse into what they have to look forward to (or shrink from) over the next four months.

Florida Democrats and state Republicans both released Spanish-language television ads this week in an ongoing appeal to Hispanic voters, considered crucial for a November win.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

A U.S. congressman from Florida who recently pleaded guilty to cocaine possession is focusing on rehab and will return to work, his aide said Tuesday, despite calls from the state's top Republican Party officials for him to step down.

On Monday, party chairman Lenny Curry suggested U.S. Rep. Trey Radel from Fort Mayers should resign after his recent conviction in Washington, D.C. The chairman joined a growing number of party leaders in Radel's own district and Florida's governor who are calling for his resignation.

Greer Pleads Guilty

Feb 11, 2013
Miami New Times

Despite promising that his trial would be "a Shakespearean play where everyone dies in the end," former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer instead pleaded guilty Monday morning to four charges of grand theft.

The Tampa Bay Times reports jury selection had been expected to begin this morning. 

Instead, Greer stood next to his lawyer Damon Chase a little before 10:30 a.m. and entered guilty pleas as part of a last-minute deal with prosecutors.

Greer decline to comment as he left the courtroom. Said Chase: “Sometimes clearing your name is not as important as taking care of your family.”

Universal Health Care executives overstated assets and submitted "misleading financial statements" to the state and a major creditor, according to state documents released Thursday by the Office of Insurance Regulation.

Meanwhile, Universal's founder, president and CEO, Dr. Akshay "A.K." Desai,  has resigned his post as finance chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.