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  • Circuit Judge Candidate Helms Says Experience Sets Him Apart

    Circuit Judge Candidate Helms Says Experience Sets Him Apart

    Larry Stephen Helms is running to take over an open circuit judge spot on the local bench. His opponent in the nonpartisan election for Group 16 is Lakeland lawyer E. Taylor Davidson. All voters in Polk County can cast ballots in the Aug. 26...

  • Political Rallies, Forums Scheduled for Polk County

    Polk County voters have plenty of opportunities to attend political rallies and candidate debate forums before the Aug. 26 primary and nonpartisan elections.

  • Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit

    Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit 

    WASHINGTON | The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily.

  • After 1 Year on Job, City Manager Draws Praise

    After 1 Year on Job  City Manager Draws Praise

    Almost a year into the job of city manager, Kenneth Fields said he is in it for the long haul.

  • Tentative Deal Reached to Fix VA

    Tentative Deal Reached to Fix VA

    WASHINGTON | The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

  • Israel Attacks After Hamas Rejects Halt

    JERUSALEM | Israel and Hamas went back and forth Sunday over proposals for a humanitarian lull in the fighting in Gaza, underscoring the external and internal pressures on both sides and a reluctance by each to appear to be led or dictated by the...

  • Political Agenda

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    AGENDA: Regular meeting
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  • State GOP Leaders Get Feted at King Ranch

    State GOP Leaders Get Feted at King Ranch

    On a Friday in February 2013, Gov. Rick Scott stepped aboard a Texas-bound plane to take part in a secret ritual for Florida's power elite.

  • Winter Haven City Commissioners to Set Tentative Tax Rate Monday

    City commissioners will meet Monday for a budget workshop, a week after hours of conversation led to no decisions as commissioners shared frustrations and talked through a first look at a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • King Ranch Has Long History, From Cattle to Citrus and Sugar

    Sprawled across 1,300 square miles of Texas hills, desert and coastal prairies, King Ranch is among the top hunting destinations in North America, and one of the Lone Star State's most historic treasures.

  • Bonilla Stresses Business Background

    Bonilla Stresses Business Background

    Jorge Bonilla says he has enough clout to defeat Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson in the general election for the 9th Congressional District seat.

  • Platt Points to Leadership Experience

    Platt Points to Leadership Experience

    A longtime Republican activist in Polk and Osceola counties is running in a three-way GOP primary to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson.

  • Vivaldi Says Church Vote Could Make a Difference

    Vivaldi Says Church Vote Could Make a Difference

    Peter Vivaldi is counting on a groundswell of grass-roots support, from voters of all ethnicities and from youthful voters, to win the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District in the three-way Aug. 26 Republican primary.

  • O'Malley Forges Ties With Iowa Democrats

    O Malley Forges Ties With Iowa Democrats

    Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.

  • Congress Upset With White House

    Congress Upset With White House

    President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans.

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  • Federal Court Upholds Florida ‘Docs vs. Glocks' Law

    A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First...

  • Shannon Fires His Campaign Treasurer

    Shannon Fires His Campaign Treasurer

    State House candidate John Shannon said Friday he fired his campaign treasurer over his connection to a group that produced a negative TV ad about his opponent, Colleen Burton.

  • Obama Presses Central American Leaders

    Obama Presses Central American Leaders

    President Barack Obama on Friday urged the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to exercise what he called their "shared responsibility" to help stem the flow of migrant children toward the U.S. border.

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