2016 Elections

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The Pierces at home
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12-year-old Christina Clark takes medical marijuana.

Her mother Anneliese Clark uses it to treat the seizures her daughter has had since she was three months old. At her worst, “she just literally, she wasn’t doing anything,” Anneliese Clark said. “She laid on the couch and shook and twitched.”

Clark remembers Christina locked in a fetal position, unable to hold her head up, swallow her own spit, or control her bodily functions. After trying 17 different pharmaceutical drugs, Anneliese turned to medical marijuana.

Solar energy is yet again a hot issue in the Sunshine State. Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in August giving tax relief to businesses that own or lease solar panels. Another solar amendment will be on Florida’s ballot in November.

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Coffee-colored water gurgles near the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam. It flows down the Caloosahatchee River, roughly 30 miles from Fort Myers.


TALLAHASSEE — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Republican incumbent, will face Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy in November in a high-profile race that could decide control of the Senate.As votes continued to roll in Tuesday night, Rubio and Murphy were both cruising against their primary opponents.

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Incumbent Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio faces 14 opponents in his bid for reelection.

One of them is a former entertainment lawyer named Steven Machat, a fellow Miami man who’s running as an independent.

Democrat Patrick Murphy must have seemed like the perfect candidate when he announced he was running for U.S. Senate. The 33-year-old Palm Beach Congressman is young, telegenic and politically moderate.  But recently, a spate of controversies, along with GOP incumbent Marco Rubio’s surprise entry into the race, have called Murphy’s front-runner status into question.

Republican U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio had been looking forward to his speech at the Republican National Convention for a long time. He just didn’t expect to be encouraging Republicans to vote for Donald J. Trump.

Meet The Candidate: Steven Machat

Jul 26, 2016
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Steven Machat

Age: 63

Hometown: New York City

Party affiliation: Independent

Meet The Candidate: Pam Keith

Jul 23, 2016

Pam Keith

Hometown: Born in Turkey

Party affiliation: Democrat

Meet The Candidate: Dwight Young

Jul 23, 2016

Dwight Young

Hometown: Born in Jamaica

Party affiliation: Republican

Meet The Candidate: Patrick Murphy

Jul 23, 2016

Patrick Murphy

Age: 33

Hometown: Miami

Party affiliation: Democrat

Meet The Candidate: Rocky De La Fuente

Jul 22, 2016
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Rocky De La Fuente

Age: 61

Hometown: San Diego

Party affiliation: Democrat