Senator Marco Rubio

The dreaded "spring ahead" has finally arrived: On Sunday, March 8, the clock will jump one hour forward at 2 a.m. to mark the official start of daylight saving time.

In general, the time change gets a bad rap. An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll conducted last fall found that 71% of respondents want to end the practice of changing the clocks. In all, 40% favored year-round standard time, while 31% said they'd prefer year-round daylight saving time.

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A newly negotiated government funding compromise on Capitol Hill includes nearly a half-billion dollars in humanitarian aid to support Venezuelan refugees and codifies sanctions against the regime of embattled Venezuelan ruler Nicolás Maduro.

With legislators in Florida and other states looking at allowing college athletes to get paid for endorsements, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and other members of the U.S. Senate said Monday they want to work on the issue nationally.

Rubio is one of five senators who announced a bipartisan “working group” to delve into the issue. “I look forward to continuing our work to ensure both athletes and college sports can continue to thrive,” Rubio said in a prepared statement.

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Shocked by a Miami Herald report detailing allegations of systemic sexual abuse of female inmates by male staff at a federal facility, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is urging the Bureau of Prisons to conduct a thorough review of Coleman Federal Correctional Complex.

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Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is one of China’s biggest critics in Congress.

In the last three weeks, he called out China for using U.S. academic visa programs as “a weapon against us,” warned that the Chinese government’s internet propaganda campaigns are “subtle and sophisticated but no less effective,” and warned that Bejing will try to impose a “Macau-style system of government in Hong Kong” in response to ongoing democracy protests.

Miami Herald

Aerial footage is beginning to reveal the extensive devastation in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Atlantic in recorded history. Large parts of the island are underwater  and many relief organizations are on standby ready to send supplies to aid recovery efforts.

CSPAN

Federal elected officials who represent the area where 17 people died Wednesday said they are committed to trying to prevent another mass shooting — but differ on where the focus of public attention should be.

Sen. Marco Rubio Worried About Wynwood; Talks Trump

Aug 3, 2016
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Sen. Marco Rubio held a press conference for the second time in two months - to plead with Congress and the Obama administration for funding to combat the Zika virus.

 

Rubio spoke about the impact of local cases for Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. “Up until this week with the Zika news, Wynwood offered this incredible story of revitalization,” he said.

 

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The Republican Party of Miami-Dade County announced its executive committee of six members will hold a straw vote for the GOP candidates in the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat.

 

Local leaders will cast an unofficial ballot for who they want to represent the party in the general election in November.   The primary election is Aug. 30.