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Three-quarters of the 2,099 doctors responding to the nationwide survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicate they have seen an increase in emergency room (ER) visits since Jan. 1, 2014.
WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.
We constantly hear about various regulatory or legislative issues in Washington with the hope that something will be done to correct any given problem, but all too often the result is caught up in conflicting opinions or politics and never resolved.
WASHINGTON -- Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who's in charge -- while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America's alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall.
Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own. Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of "trigger warnings" and "safe zones" on college campuses.
I was taught early in life to be an active citizen both in school and throughout the community. These lessons were instilled in me by my parents and by my teachers, and provided the foundation for my love and appreciation of our local community and for our country.
The question remaining after Jacksonville's city elections Tuesday is, was Alvin Brown a one-hit wonder?
This spring it seems as if there have been two-point-something Republican presidential candidacy announcements per week. And, since she made her own announcement April 12, Hillary Clinton has answered an average of about two-point-something questions from the press each week.
In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric -- and disregard of reality.One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to "ask from society's lottery winners" that they make a "modest investment" in government programs to help the poor.
A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out the Florida Fisheries Improvement Act on Wednesday. As Congress plans to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act on marine fishing, Rubios proposal gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils more flexibility, will ensure the Commerce Department reports to Congress on collecting data and speeds up declaring fishery disasters and provides more transparency.
After reports emerged that ABC News personality George Stephanopoulos donated to the Clinton Foundation, a new poll shows most voters are not trusting the political news. Rasmussen Reports released a poll on Thursday which finds 61 percent of likely voters do not trust the political news while only 21 percent trust it. A Rasmussen poll from October found 45 percent did not trust the political news while 33 percent did.
On Thursday, Florida TaxWatch released a look at the Sunshine States citrus industry and how citrus greening and other diseases were impacting it. The report finds diseases have led to a loss of more than $3.6 billion in revenue and more than 6,600 jobs in Florida.
Republicans in the Florida delegation -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSanits, Mario Diaz-Balart, John Mica, Jeff Miller, Rich Nugent, Tom Rooney, Dennis Ross and Ted Yoho -- waded into the fight over Medicaid expansion on Wednesday, sending a letter to President Barack Obama urging him not to stop the Low Income Pool (LIP) program in Florida. Sources in the Obama administration tell Sunshine State News that HHS has not pulled the plug on LIP funding for Florida even as LIP will not be renewed in its current form.
From his perch on the U.S. House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., announced he was co-sponsoring a bill to ending mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements on meat products. The World Trade Organization (WTO) noted earlier this week that COOL requirements violate trade agreements and Canada and Mexico have threatened to retaliate against the U.S., leading to a possible trade war.
Honoring Cuban Independence Day on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., slammed the Obama administration for trying to normalize relations with the Castro regime.
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., a co-chair of the Congressional Nepal Caucus, included a tribute to the six Marines and two Nepali soldiers killed on May 12 in a helicopter crash as they were helping out in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake that impacted Nepal, killing more than 8,000.
Former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and a possible contender for the U.S. House if U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., opts for a Senate bid, offered his take on the stalemate over Medicaid expansion in the Florida Legislature. On Monday, Gaetz sent out a message to his constituents and he jabbed Gov. Rick Scott on the matter.
Florida TaxWatch thinks Central Florida could see a boom in advanced manufacturing jobs and opportunities. On Tuesday, Florida TaxWatch showcased the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (FAMRC) which will open in Orlando come 2017 and praised the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR), a private-public partnership focused on changes in the industry.
Continuing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., showcased his efforts in Iowa, home of the first presidential caucus, on Monday. Rubio showcased a Web video of his campaigning in Iowa that was released at the end of last week. The Iowa caucuses are the first opportunity for voters to weigh in on who they want our presidential nominee to be and that means Ill be making many more visits to the state over the coming months, Rubio emailed supporters on Monday.
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