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For the first 30 minutes of the Democratic debate, the attacks in Paris loomed large, starting with a moment of silence and continuing with the opening statements.

The candidates were asked to address the attacks and what they would do in their opening statements, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent her entire opening statement talking about them.

Orlando was the center of the Republican political universe over the weekend, as every major presidential hopeful spoke at the GOP's Sunshine Summit to several thousand of the state's Republican voters.

Sen. Marco Rubio clarified his view on the 11 million immigrants, who are in the United States illegally. The day after a presidential debate, which exposed a continuing divide in the Republican Party on immigration, Rubio told NPR on Wednesday that he favors a path to citizenship for some, though the prospect would be very distant.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be feeling the heat again in Tuesday evening's debate as he tries to rebound from a disappointing performance last month that renewed questions about his viability.

"I think there's going to be a lot of pressure on Jeb," predicted Katie Packer Gage, who was Mitt Romney's deputy campaign manager in 2012. "He put some pressure on himself by telling people he's going to get better and work on his debate performance. I think this is kind of a make-or-break moment for him to really step up what he's been able to do in previous debates."

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on his book signing at Barnes and Noble in Fort Lauderdale.
Alyssa Méndez Batista

Republican presidential frontrunner Ben Carson’s lack of political experience is not an issue for his supporters.

"How many people have we had that has a lot of experience? And look what they have done to our country,” says real estate consultant Verna Miller, who attended Carson's book signing in Fort Lauderdale Thursday night.

Campus Carry Measure Advances In House

Nov 5, 2015

A proposal that would allow concealed-weapon permit holders to bring handguns onto college and university campuses continued moving forward Wednesday in the state House, despite opposition from academic leaders.

Republican Jeb Bush's campaign revival tour is getting louder and more colorful as he charges across early voting states with a can-do slogan, a tour bus and critiques of rivals who have become threats to his claim as the GOP mainstream favorite.

"We're Americans, dammit!" he shouted Wednesday at a pharmacy in Hollis, N.H., as he complained that the U.S. was not leading in key foreign policy disputes.

He saved special words for Donald Trump, the former reality show star who remains a leader in the unpredictable GOP nomination fight.

via Miami Herald

On election day at the end of a high-profile mayoral race in Miami Beach, Maribel Balbin, president of the League of Women Voters Miami chapter, offered insights on what matters most to Miami voters.

 

VoterAid, a Miami-based startup, recently launched software designed to match voters to candidates who share their views. The tool was available for use in Tuesday’s Miami Beach mayoral election.

“The basic idea is to kind of take online dating software and bring it to elections,” explained co-creator Juanky Robaina.

News Service Of Florida: Can Jeb Fix It?

Nov 4, 2015
Michael Vadon

The News Service of Florida released a video in which executive editor Jim Saunders analyzes Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.

Saunders talks with Steve Wilkerson from Capital Dateline Online about Bush's campaign reboot.

After seeming like a strong contender in the primaries, Saunders says the former Florida governor's campaign seems to be going unnoticed.

Anyone who has watched any of the presidential debates knows the claims have been flying around fast and furious. So we're going to take on some of those claims from the recent debate in Boulder, Colorado, from the Florida-based candidates in a bit of a lightning round with Josh Gillen of PolitiFact Florida.

MOSE BUCHELE / StateImpact NPR

A bill that would create a new regulatory structure in Florida for oil and gas drilling, including the controversial practice known as "fracking," easily passed a House panel Tuesday despite roughly 50 environmentalists on hand to oppose the measure.

The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee approved the bill (HB 191), filed by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, and Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, on a straight party-line vote of 9-4.

This hasn't been the best of times for Jeb Bush - he's been getting pushback after last week's presidential debate to drop out of the race. But during a speech Monday at the Tampa Garden Club,  Bush said he's sticking to his long-term plan to win the White House.

John Locher / AP

A presidential debate is coming to South Florida. 

Positioned just six days before Florida's presidential primary early next year, the Democratic debate will take place at Miami Dade College's Kendall campus, according to an email from Miami Dade College.

Mark J. Terrill / AP

When Marco Rubio was asked at Wednesday's Republican presidential debate about the South Florida Sun Sentinel's editorial that called for his resignation as Senator, Rubio was prepared.

"I read that editorial with great amusement," Rubio said. The editorial board slammed Rubio for a poor voting record at Capitol Hill, which is among the lowest this year.

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