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Arizona's new senator says he'd vote to repeal the nation's health care law. That's one additional Republican ready to obliterate the statute because his predecessor, the late Sen. John McCain, helped derail the party's drive with his fabled thumbs-down vote last year.

Mark Schriener and Steve Newborn / WUSF Public Media

The 2018 Florida primary was one of the most surprising elections in modern memory. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum surged from behind to become the Democratic nominee for governor and Donald Trump-backed Ron DeSantis took home a decisive win over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Lawmakers Poised To Reject ‘Stand Your Ground’ Session

Aug 9, 2018

Republicans are on the verge of scuttling an effort by Democrats to hold a special legislative session on the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law. 

House Republicans claimed a political victory Wednesday after the House voted 244-35 in favor of officially supporting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a vote intended to force Democrats to take a position amid calls from progressives to abolish the agency.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation.

AP

This month, Democrats say, they won't sit out the summer Congressional recess. They're planning to show up at Town Hall-style meetings sponsored by conservatives to present an alternative view. 

In the past, Florida's August meetings have been dominated by Republicans and the Tea Party, denouncing Obamacare. It had an effect in polls, turning the public against the law even as most of its main features  -- when polled separately -- drew approval.

Among the Republican National Committee's proposed fixes: enacting comprehensive immigration reform, addressing middle-class economic anxieties head on and condensing a presidential primary process that saw Mitt Romney get battered for months ahead of the general election. The suggestions are among dozens the committee makes in what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has dubbed an “autopsy” of the party’s 2012 failures and a roadmap forward. Priebus unveiled the 98-page report at a news conference Monday morning at The National Press Club.

Some Latinos in Tampa Agree with Republican Ideals

Aug 24, 2012

The I-4 corridor is the main hub of swing voters in Florida. It also has a strong Hispanic presence - a majority of whom tend to support Democrats.

But some Latinos from Tampa are on board with the Republican agenda.

One of those Latinos is Ed Gonzalez. He's a pediatric dentist in Tampa with Italian and Spanish roots. It's a fairly common combination in a city where many people are descendants of immigrant cigar makers who came here in the late 1800's.

Bobbie O'Brien

Republicans were decisive when selecting a candidate to run for Hillsborough County Property Appraiser in the general election. State Sen. Ronda Storms handily defeated incumbent Rob Turner who admitted earlier this year to sending pornographic images to a former employee.

Storms crushed the 16-year incumbent property appraiser with 70 percent of the vote. She attributed the win to the voters valuing integrity above all else.

Bobbie O'Brien

Republican voters in eastern Hillsborough County are sending a familiar face into the general election and most likely back to Tallahassee in the GOP leaning State Senate District 24. Tom Lee, a former Florida senate president, beat his GOP challenger state Rep. Rachel Burgin in a bitter primary battle.

It’s been six years since Tom Lee served in Tallahassee and he’s anxious to return with a more seasoned, statesmanlike perspective.

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The Republican National Convention is still a month away, but already big names are rolling into Tampa to talk up the party's presumptive nominee.

On Thursday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will speak at Mitt Romney's Florida headquarters at 302 Knights Run Ave. on Harbour Island. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. The event starts at 3:30 p.m. For details, call (813) 638-8787.