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Gov. Rick Scott, center, greets house members in a recess during session on May 2, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Gov. Rick Scott, center, greets house members in a recess during session on May 2, 2014, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Re-Branding GOP: Florida-Style — Scott’s ‘Deathbed Conversion?’

  A state Legislature this week voted to: – Legalize some medical marijuana use, – Approve in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants, – Reject a top priority of the gun lobby, – Reject a school-choice voucher bill, – And protect...

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Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, greets people as he visits the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on April 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, greets people as he visits the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on April 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Crist Surviving Scott’s Ad Assault — Poll Shows Florida Challenger Leading

Updated at 9:10 am EDT After spending more than $10 million on campaign ads in the last two months, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida continues to trail his predecessor and potential opponent by 10 percentage points, according to a poll...

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Activists prepare to throw a molotov cocktail at National Guard troopers during a protest in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela, on Feb. 21, 2014.

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Activists prepare to throw a molotov cocktail at National Guard troopers during a protest in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela, on Feb. 21, 2014.

Hillary Clinton: Obama’s Venezuelan Handshake Photo-Opp — ‘We Tried’

The protests that have rocked Venezuela for two weeks — killing at least 14 people — may have been avoided if the United States had been more successful in making inroads with the South American country early in the Obama...

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David Jolly, center, hugs Brent Narog after Jolly won the Republican nomination for C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater on Jan. 14, 2014.

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David Jolly, center, hugs Brent Narog after Jolly won the Republican nomination for C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater on Jan. 14, 2014.

Jeb Bush: Jolly Good for Congress

Jeb Bush, the former Republican Florida governor, said last week he’ll only run for president in 2016 if he can do so “joyfully.” For now, he’ll settle for Jolly. Bush gave his endorsement to David Jolly, running in a special...

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President Barack Obama speaks with then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida on Casino Beach in Pensacola, Fl. in this June 15, 2010 file photo.  Crist later switched parties and appeared on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention promoting Obama's re-election.

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President Barack Obama speaks with then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida on Casino Beach in Pensacola, Fl. in this June 15, 2010 file photo. Crist later switched parties and appeared on stage at the 2012 Democratic National Convention promoting Obama's re-election.

Crist Holds Lead Over Gov. Scott — Floridians Don’t See Second Term

Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott has spent the past week unveiling his 2014 budget piece-by-piece, traveling around the state to announce $600 million in new tax cuts and boosts in spending for popular programs and social services. The public relations...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich on Jan. 9, 2014 in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the Borough Hall in Fort Lee to apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich on Jan. 9, 2014 in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Christie’s Sunshine Tour ‘Bridge Too Far,’ Florida Democrats Say

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal blew wide open less than two months after he was named chairman of the Republican Governors Association — a post that will require him to travel around the country raising money for other...

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John Larroquette and Christopher Lloyd in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" in 1984.

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John Larroquette and Christopher Lloyd in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" in 1984.

Councilman’s Trek Ends in Klingon

David Waddell, a member of the Indian Trail Town Council in North Carolina, resigned this week. He gave the mayor a letter written in Klingon. Waddell, a self-described Trekkie, said that while he used the language of the warrior tribe...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott during a meeting at PortMiami on Nov. 12, 2013 in Miami.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott during a meeting at PortMiami on Nov. 12, 2013 in Miami.

Florida’s Scott Endangered: 37% Say Republican Deserves Second Term

Rick Scott of Florida remains one of the nation’s most endangered governors heading into a re-election campaign next year, according to a survey released today by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Scott, 60, trails his predecessor and potential Democratic opponent...

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Representative Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, displays an advertisement from the Thanks Obamacare campaign, created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30, 2013.

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Representative Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, displays an advertisement from the Thanks Obamacare campaign, created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30, 2013.

Fighting Obamacare, Supporting Shutdown — Where it Works

While a failed strategy to defund Obamacare led to a 16-day partial government shutdown and damaged Republicans in the eyes of much of the nation, it remains a popular campaign message in some conservative congressional districts set for special elections next...

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