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  1. PolitiFact Florida screens claims in the U.S. Senate primary races


    After months of being bombarded with campaign ads and mailers, Florida primary voters will decide Tuesday which U.S. Senate candidates will move on to the general election.

  2. PolitiFact: Four claims from Donald Trump's first general election ad, fact-checked

    Doom and gloom will befall the nation under a Hillary Clinton administration, implies Donald Trump's first TV ad of the general election.

  3. Tim Kaine associates Donald Trump's values with KKK's during FAMU rally


    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is associating Donald Trump's values with those of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks to students Friday on the Florida A&M University campus in Tallahassee. [Mark Wallheiser | Associated Press]
  4. The rich are different: Like Rick Scott, they run for state office

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After Tuesday, Irv Slosberg could be a state senator — or he could be out nearly $2 million in a failed election.

    Rep. Irv Slosberg, D- Boca Raton, has given $1.88?million of his own money to his campaign.
  5. Is Marco Rubio ready to reverse his support for the TPP? Signs say yes

    State Roundup

    Sen. Marco Rubio is expressing doubts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, suggesting he may be ready to reverse support, a stark example of eroding support for trade agreements in the Donald Trump era.

    Sen. Marco Rubio
  6. Donald Trump champions American workers but uses foreign labor at Mar-A-Lago

    State Roundup

    At Wednesday's rally in Tampa, Donald Trump declared he would be the "greatest jobs president that God ever created," growing opportunity and protecting Americans "from illegal immigration and broken visa programs."

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Wednesday. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
  7. Absentee ballot returns show spike in unlikely voters weighing in on Florida's primary

    State Roundup

    The political team at the Florida Chamber of Commerce has come across a remarkable trend this campaign season: a huge spike in mail voting by people who rarely vote in primary elections.

    Poll deputy James Willis, right, greets early voters with a smile as he opens the door for them at the Forest Oaks Supervisor of Elections Office during early voting in Hernando County on Aug. 22. (BRENDAN FITTERER | Times)
  8. Florida water managers send message: Don't make us mad

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — If you want to keep a low profile, don't disagree with the South Florida Water Management District, or ask for its email list.

  9. Your daily dose of cute: Baby hyena born at Busch Gardens said to be a sweetheart


    Hyenas may have been the bad guys in The Lion King, but Busch Gardens says the 20-week-old baby spotted hyena born at the park on April 3 is a sweet boy.

    This 20-week-old baby spotted hyena was born at Busch Gardens on April 3 and debuting this week to park visitors. He is named ‘Mandazi’ for his sweet personality after a traditional pastry found on the Swahili coast, a park news release says.
  10. Donald Trump sticks to hard line on immigration at Tampa rally


    TAMPA — Donald Trump may have hinted recently that he intends to soften his tough immigration stances, but he sure didn't sound that way speaking to several thousand supporters in Tampa on Wednesday.

    “Oh, we’re going to build a wall, don’t you worry about it!” Donald Trump said to cheers Wednesday at the Florida State Fairgrounds.