Stephanie Murphy starts ‘listening tour’ as she ponders challenging Marco Rubio

But Murphy, who defeated 24-year GOP incumbent John Mica in 2016 and was reelected in 2018 and 2020, said, “I know what it takes to defeat a powerful Republican incumbent, because I’ve already done that. I know what it takes to build the message machine, and raise the money to be able to win in a swing district, because I’ve done that three times.” ... Read More

Trump’s false fraud claims to be key theme at CPAC, the first significant Republican gathering since the 2020 election

The event will feature a seven-part series on “Protecting Elections,” including one titled “Why Judges & Media Refused to Look at the Evidence,” featuring Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. The conservative congressman addressed the rally near the White House just before the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, telling the crowd, “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.” ... Read More

Driver whose license was revoked charged in fatal DUI hit-and-run

Records also show he has been cited repeatedly for driving with a suspended license since 2010. The license was revoked in 2017. Other offenses included impaired driving with children in the car, speeding, reckless driving, running red lights and stop signs, driving with an open container, driving without wearing a seat belt, failing to register his vehicle or having a proper tag and driving an unsafe vehicle. ... Read More

Breaking from big business, some Florida Republicans call for closing corporate tax loopholes

If the bill passes, Florida would join 28 other states, as well as Washington, D.C., that have adopted combined reporting. And although the policy has become a party-line issue in Florida, it’s been embraced in states across the political spectrum, including red states such as Texas, Kentucky and Arizona and blue states such as California, New York and Massachusetts. ... Read More

Florida reports 7,128 new COVID-19 cases, 127 more deaths

Palm Beach County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day. Broward County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day. Miami-Dade County: Test results for residents were reported , leading to a daily positivity rate of %. That’s from % the previous day. ... Read More

DeSantis’ $1 billion resiliency program raises questions among lawmakers who were slow to acknowledge climate change

“Perhaps before we go and secure debt, can we find the revenues?” McClure asked of DeSantis’ bonding proposals. “Obviously, we’re facing budget challenges in the wake of the last year, and certainly even before that with storms and other events. So, I’m a little curious, and quite frankly, marginally concerned about taking on a debt load, no matter the interest rate, when maybe we don’t fully understand the entire budget forecast.” ... Read More