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Just hours after the inauguration Tuesday of Gov. Ron DeSantis, his predecessor, Rick Scott, was sworn into the U.S. Senate.

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Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term.

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Eight years after shocking the political establishment by becoming Florida governor, Republican Rick Scott declared victory late Tuesday night in his campaign against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

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Governor Rick Scott is sweeping through Tampa this week, making a final appeal to voters ahead of next Tuesday's midterm election.

Gov. Rick Scott will embark this weekend on a trade mission to Israel that he instantly made political on Wednesday by calling for the U.S. Embassy to be relocated to Jerusalem.

President Trump is now faced with a decision on whether to sign into law new sanctions meant to punish Russia for interfering in last year's presidential election, after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure Thursday.

The bill, the first major foreign policy legislation to emerge from Congress since the president took office, also includes sanctions on North Korea and Iran. It easily passed the Senate in a 98-2 vote after sailing through the House by a similarly veto-proof 419-3 margin.

A bill to increase mental health funding for law enforcement officers has passed the U.S. Senate.

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The four Republican candidates for U.S. Senate were the main event Saturday night at the Hillsborough Republican Party's Lincoln 2016 Red Ball.

U.S. Senate Candidates Take Aim at 'Washington Dysfunction'

Oct 15, 2015

Facing low name recognition and a largely unshaped race, the five front-runners for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat introduced themselves to reporters and editors in Tallahassee on Wednesday by arguing that they could actually get things done in a dysfunctional Washington, D.C.

Speaking at an annual Associated Press media gathering at the Florida Capitol, four sitting congressman and the state's lieutenant governor began distinguishing themselves even as much of the political world's focus remains on presidential primaries in both parties.

Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was elected to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district in a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in November 2014. 

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 a.m.), we feature a newsmaker special with Jolly, who is now campaigning for the Senate seat being vacated by  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.  

  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 

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.