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Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

It’s not Pensacola’s hottest destination, but the closed U.S. District Courthouse downtown is getting its fair share of attention from members of Florida’s congressional delegation.

One month after Sen. Marco Rubio inspected the building’s mold and water damage that led to its closing last year, Cong. Jeff Miller and U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas were escorted by Presiding Judge Casey Rodgers.

“Fortunately, the General Services Administration now seems poised to do what it should have done many years ago, and that is to repair the courthouse,” said Rodgers.

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U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller is hoping the third time is the charm when it comes to endorsing Republican presidential candidates.

He’s now going with Donald Trump.

Miller, who’s retiring after his eighth term in the House, first threw his support to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last year.

“I’m a Jeb Bush supporter,” said Miller in 2015. “I feel very comfortable with level of experience.”

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Repairs to the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola have moved a step closer to reality in Congress.

On Wednesday the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved $30 million for repairs and upgrades to the 19-year-old facility, which has been vacated due to water damage, mold and other health and safety issues.

Court staff, the U.S. Marshal’s and Attorneys offices, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff were forced to re-locate to the nearby Winston E. Arnow Building, and other downtown locations.

Two weeks after Cong. Jeff Miller announced he would not seek a ninth term in the House, there are now five candidates for the seat: four Republicans and one Democrat.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, represents the 4th District in the Florida House. While qualifying for the August 30 primary isn’t until the week of June 20, Gaetz said last week that he would make a quick decision on entering that race, which he did this week.

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Qualifying is still three months away, but the jockeying for position to run for the U.S. House’s District-1 seat is beginning to get underway.

When Republican Jeff Miller announced last week he would not seek a ninth term, the names of potential candidates began flying about. One of those was Don Gaetz, who’s being term-limited out of the Florida Senate.

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Eight is enough for Congressman Jeff Miller. The Chumuckla Republican announced Thursday he will not seek a ninth term in the House.

In his written statement, the 56-year-old Miller does not give a reason why he’s stepping down – only saying he knew the day would come. He says the average stay for a member of the U-S House of Representatives is three terms -- six years.

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  ongressman Jeff Miller is getting at least one challenger for his U.S. House seat in 2016.

Charles Thies has done many things: the Miami native has been a police officer, adjunct professor, and businessman. He’s the former CEO of Cloud View Technologies in Mary Esther. Now, he makes his debut in politics, wanting to represent Florida’s 1st House District in Washington.

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The veterans’ services organization Panhandle Warrior Partnership is now headquartered in Pensacola. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to celebrate the opening of their new office at 4300 Bayou Blvd. 

During a short program outside the office, Executive Director Danny Verda provided a quick snapshot of what the organization does.

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  Pope Francis became the first Pontiff to address a joint session of congress during his visit to Washington on Thursday. Cong. Jeff Miller called it “an honor” to attend the historic event.

“I think the delivery of the speech in English was showing a humbleness,” said Miller. “Because it is obviously not his native language, and he had to work very hard in order to deliver such a long speech.”

While he’s still mulling over a run for the U.S. Senate, Cong. Jeff Miller collected about $677,000 in the second quarter of this year for his campaign coffers.

According to papers filed with the Federal Election Commission, the funds were raised through campaign and leadership PACs. The $677,000 total is higher than what was amassed during the last election cycle when he won a seventh term to the House.

“It’s very rare that you have a seat open up where there is no clear front runner,” said Miller. “This is the case, so we’re looking at it.”

Marco Rubio’s decision to run for the White House has created a wide-open race for his U.S. Senate seat. A new poll shows voters are unfamiliar with some of the possible contenders, including a couple from the Panhandle.

At 43%, “Undecided” leads the pack of potential GOP candidates in the St. Leo University poll of 535 Floridians.

Frank Orlando, a political scientist at St. Leo, conducted the poll from May 25-31. There’s a four and a half percent margin of error. Among potential candidates, former Attorney General Bill McCollum tops the list at 16%.

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  Marco Rubio’s decision to vacate his U.S. Senate seat in favor of a run for president in 2016 is leading speculation about the slate of candidates wanting to succeed him. Two of the possibilities are in northwest Florida.

Cong. Jeff Miller had been listed as among those who may seek the Republican nomination. After a tour of the mold-infested federal courthouse in Pensacola last week, he came through with a “definite maybe.”

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Congressman Jeff Miller and two colleagues toured the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola Tuesday, getting a first-hand look at the troubles plaguing the relatively young structure.

The problem is mold, along with water damage, and a recent study says removal and repairs could approach the $30 million mark: three times the construction price.

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If two Florida lawmakers get their way, Escambia County would get the ability to provide the option to convey some property on Santa Rosa Island to their leaseholders.

Cong. Jeff Miller and Sen. Marco Rubio have introduced identical bills aimed at ensuring that leaseholders currently paying taxes and living and working on Santa Rosa Island, will get the choice to attain title to their land.

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The big news of election night was Governor Rick Scott (48.3%) edging out challenger and former governor Charlie Crist (46.9%). The pattern of incumbents keeping their seats in Florida held, though, throughout the panhandle.

***note all results are still unofficial***

Statewide:
Attorney General: Pam Bondi (R) retained with 55.24% of the vote.
Chief Financial Officer: Jeff Atwater (R) 59%
Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam (R) 58.8%

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