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Republicans vying to replace outgoing Congressman Ander Crenshaw shared a stage at the Jacksonville Zoo Tuesday for a forum hosted by Northside business leaders.

They’re all running against what they call “big government.”

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Four of the five candidates vying for a Jacksonville state house seat plead their cases at the Southside Business Men’s Club Wednesday.

The debate lacked, well, debate on most issues.

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The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off tonight in Cleveland.

As Donald Trump prepares to accept his party’s nomination, he’ll seek to bridge deep divisions in a GOP that’s still conflicted about his candidacy.

There are also policy disagreements between Donald Trump and his newly minted running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on issues like trade, the Iraq War and Trump's proposed Muslim ban.

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The son of former Jacksonville mayor Hans Tanzler is the latest in a crowded field of Republicans who hope to replace outgoing U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw.

Hans Tanzler III is counting on his deep River City roots help set him apart from the field when August’s primary rolls around.

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Florida Democratic voters will decide who represents them as delegates Saturday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In the Sunshine State, Democrats and Republicans use different processes for choosing their delegates.

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Jacksonville Republican State Representative and congressional candidate Lake Ray is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

After Trump’s win in Indiana Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday, Ray says Trump is the inevitable nominee.

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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford is getting some stiff competition for Congressman Ander Crenshaw's soon-to-be vacated district 4 seat from within his own party.

Representative Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, is joining the fray for the August Republican primary.

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Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Wednesday signing 53-pages’ worth of tax cuts into law.

The recurring and one-time cuts total $400 million.

But that’s significantly less than what Scott asked lawmakers to pass this year.

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A bill to slow the flow of refugees may not have reached the governor's desk, but its impact will still be felt by those looking to resettle in Florida.

Republican Representative Lake Ray’s measure was aimed creating stricter guidelines before allowing Syrian refugees to relocate to Florida.

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A coalition of voting rights groups is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5).  

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Florida lawmakers are again descending on Tallahassee for another regular session of the Legislature, and some First Coast delegates are at the center of what promise to be some of the year’s most contentious debates.

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Florida Democrats are celebrating a recently approved state Senate map drawn by voting rights groups.

Democrats say the new maps could make it easier for them to win seats in upcoming elections.

But area Republicans seem unfazed and say they’re confident they can hold on to their jobs.

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Refugees hoping to resettle in Florida could have to submit to an extra round of background checks if one Jacksonville lawmaker has his way.

Rep. Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville) has filed a bill requiring resettlement organizations to report more about who’s coming in.

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JAXPORT could be getting an infusion of cash to cover a proposed deepening project if a Jacksonville state representative has his way.

Rep. Lake Ray (R-Jacksonville) has filed a bill that would steer more than $100 million into a fund dedicated for port improvements. But Jacksonville would have to compete with other major port cities for the money.

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Even though outsider candidates are leading in national polls, the Duval County Republican Party is keen on supporting a more established presidential hopeful.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the favorite among the county GOP, according to straw poll results released just before the third televised debate Wednesday night.