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  Five months after narrowly rejecting a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, Florida voters overwhelmingly support allowing doctor-prescribed pot in the state, according to a poll released 

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Get Boost in Florida

Mar 31, 2015

With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.

Murphy Announces Candidacy, Grayson Considering Senate Run

Mar 23, 2015

South Florida congressman Patrick Murphy, D- Jupiter, says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016. Murphy could have some competition from Central Florida.

Murphy says he’ll work to raise the minimum wage, strengthen social security and protect the everglades. He says Sen. Marco Rubio has ‘put the needs of Floridians behind his presidential ambitions.’

Florida Democratic Party chair Allison Tant released a statement saying she is glad Murphy has joined the race.  

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's Immigration Stance

Feb 11, 2015
politifact.com

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house.

And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration.

Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now.

One of those Democrats is the Democratic National Committee Chair -- Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Republicans are even more adamant that Rubio should stay in the Senate: More than two-thirds, 68 percent, want Rubio to seek reelection. Only 19 percent want him to run for president. Voters are more on board with former Gov. Jeb Bush running for the White House: 42 percent think he should, while 43 percent think he shouldn’t. Among Republicans, 59 percent think he should run for president, and 31 percent say he should not.

Republican heavyweights Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are already out shaking the money trees for possible 2016 presidential runs, and now Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is putting out the word that he is, too.

The United States took a big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba by easing some travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades.

The Treasury and Commerce departments announced that the new rules take effect on Friday. According to The Hill, the new rules mean:

-- Travelers who meet certain criteria will no longer need to apply for a license from the Treasury department to travel to Cuba.

Fact-Checking Marco Rubio's New Book

Jan 14, 2015
politifact.com

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't said if he's running for president in 2016.

But if you want a peek at what some planks of his presidential platform might look like, just crack open Rubio's new book, "American Dream: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone."

PolitiFact Florida did just that and has fact-checked a couple of claims in Rubio's book.

In what could prove a sneak peek at the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a strong critic of President Obama's decision to open relations with Cuba, appears to be stepping up an attack on fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul over his support of the policy shift.

Public polling shows that Rubio does 13 percentage points better with women than Scott when voters are asked if they disapprove of the job the two are doing. While 39 percent of women disapproved of the job Rubio is doing (actually 7 points better than President Barack Obama), Scott has 52 percent of women disapproving of the job he is doing.

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With the federal Environmental Protection Agency's  new targets for reducing carbon emissions just being released, the debate over how to reduce atmosphere-heating carbon is on -- again.

“I think all science deserves skepticism,” Rubio said in an interview about what he does and doesn’t believe about global warming and what to do about it. And right now, Rubio doesn’t want to take too much action. In the wake of a new White House report on climate change that paints a bleak picture for his home county, his state, the nation and the planet, Rubio harbors doubts about some of the findings. He’s especially opposed to suggested fixes designed to lessen the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the United States.

Rubio: 'Ready to be President'

May 11, 2014
Jim Cole / Associated Press

Senator Marco Rubio, a potential Republican White House candidate in 2016, said "I do" on Sunday when asked if he thinks he is ready to be U.S. president, noting that even though he is just 42 he has held public office for about 14 years.

Rubio, a first-term senator from Florida who has fallen out of favor with many in his party's right wing over his support for a bipartisan immigration measure in the Senate last year, has been an active potential contender for his party's nomination.

Rubio: Bush Won’t Deter Me from 2016 Run

Apr 9, 2014

With chatter growing over the possibility of a Jeb Bush-2016 run, Sen. Rubio insisted that the former governor’s potential candidacy for the presidential nomination would not deter him from seeking his party’s nod himself — even though it’s long been presumed the two would avoid running in the same high-stakes race. “In terms of my decision-making for next year, it will be based on me – not on anybody else,” Rubio said in an interview when asked about the prospects of a Bush candidacy. “And I think that’s true for anyone thinking about it – including himself.”

Fact-Checking Rubio and Scott on ACA Claims

Apr 2, 2014
politifact.com

Right around the 4th anniversary of its passage, the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- has come and gone.

While the White House has been celebrating the number of sign-ups -- a number that's in dispute -- critics, including many Republicans, claim the law is fatally flawed.

Looking ahead to 2016, Marco Rubio is not the only Floridian who may consider a presidential run. Jeb Bush - a former Florida governor and the son and brother of former presidents - has been consulting his inner circle about the possibility of running. Strategists say that if Jeb Bush were to enter the 2016 race, it would make it harder for Rubio to raise money since the two have ties to many of the same Republican donors.

Darrin P. Gayles, a Florida state circuit judge, appears to be on track to become the nation's first openly gay black man to serve on the federal bench.

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Gayles, a former assistant U.S. attorney, to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

What Santa Gave Your Senator This Year

Dec 19, 2013

In a year that featured divisive fights over the budget, health care and presidential nominations, the United States Senate took a break from partisan bickering Tuesday night to get in the Christmas spirit.

Rubio To Anti-Gay Group: Nation's Morality at Risk

Nov 18, 2013

"The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It's everybody's business," Sen. Rubio said to applause at the Florida Family Policy Council fundraising dinner. "The debate we should be having isn't whether or not we have a right to talk about values and morals in the public square, the debate we should be having instead is which values and morals our nation should focus on." Rubio, who fell out of favor with some conservatives while pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, clearly still had the support of the social conservatives at the dinner.

After the Vote, Two Different Roads for Rubio, Nelson

Oct 21, 2013

Instead of aligning with liberal wing of his party and blasting away at shutdown catalyst Sen. Ted Cruz, Bill Nelson “broke bread” with Cruz, having dinner with the younger lawmaker. He also signed up to work on a compromise budget plan with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Nelson said he and his wife Grace took Cruz to dinner to get to know him better on a personal level and find areas of common ground. “It was a social dinner and it was something senators ought to do,” Nelson told MSNBC during an interview last week.

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