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February 10, 2012
Rep. John Mica officially announced his bid for re-election in Florida’s proposed 7th district today, confirming a race versus fellow Republican Rep. Sandy Adams.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman’s likely move was reported earlier this week. Adams, a freshman, announced Jan. 30 that she would run in the 7th.
February 9, 2012
The Republican-controlled Florida Senate passed a redistricting map today, sending Congressional lines that cement a strong Republican majority in the delegation to Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) desk.
Democrats immediately announced they had filed a lawsuit alleging that the map violates a 2010 popularly enacted state constitutional amendment that prohibits crafting Congressional lines with “the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent.” Democrats blasted the state GOP, which also controls the state House. Full story
February 8, 2012
Florida’s likely new Congressional map started a game of musical chairs last week.
But now, in northeastern Florida, there are two players looking to take one seat. Republican Reps. John Mica and Sandy Adams appear poised to run against each other in the proposed 7th district, setting up a Member-vs.-Member primary between a 10-term Congressman and a freshman.
February 3, 2012
The GOP-controlled Florida state House passed a Congressional redistricting map today, moving the Republican-friendly lines one step closer to becoming law.
The map passed by a margin of 80 to 37. The lines are identical to the version passed out of the House Redistricting Committee that solidifies the substantial GOP advantage in the delegation. The map can be seen here and is expected to pass the state Senate and be signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott (R) soon. Full story
February 1, 2012
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s leadership political action committee, Reclaim America PAC, reported raising $563,000 in its first four months of existence. The PAC ended December with more than $275,000 in cash on hand and no debt.
Rubio, a conservative star who was a fundraising powerhouse during his upstart Senate bid in 2010, is considered a top-tier contender for the vice presidential spot on this year’s GOP ticket. His role in Tuesday’s primary in Florida solidified his national stature.
Donations to the PAC came from more than 25 states.
In general, reporters hate math. But, there are times when we just can’t escape doing it.
We find ourselves reaching for a calculator four times a year when candidates and many political action committees file fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. And it comes into play every presidential year when we begin to assess the delegate math needed to get a presidential nomination and then the electoral college math for winning in November. Full story
January 31, 2012
Updated 8:15 p.m. | The music just stopped in the Sunshine State and everyone still has a seat — at least until voters hit the polls.
After a redistricting map similar to what is likely to become law shifted the political prospects of a number of Members last week, three Florida politicians made big announcements today to shake up the Senate race and three House races.
Rep. Tom Rooney (R), who currently represents the 16th district, announced he would run in the proposed 17th district; freshman Rep. Allen West (R), a fundraising juggernaut who currently represents the 22nd district, announced he would run in the proposed 18th district; and former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner dropped his bid for Senate, a source close to him said, and will run in the state’s proposed 22nd district. All are likely to have a better shot at joining the 113th Congress under their chosen political boundaries. Full story
January 28, 2012
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain endorsed former Speaker Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination at a surprise appearance in Florida tonight, multiple news outlets reported.
With Florida at the center of the Republican presidential campaign this week, its Cuban-American Senator took to the airwaves to accuse President Barack Obama of trying to make America “like the countries people come here to get away from.” Full story