Jeff Miller

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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One week after Congress gave its overwhelming approval, President Obama traveled to Fort Belvoir, Virginia Thursday, where he signed legislation to overhaul the Veterans Affairs Department. 

The conference committee bill sailed through the House by a vote of 420-5, and 93-3 in the Senate. The $16.3 billion measure expands community healthcare options for vets facing long wait times and commutes; and hires more doctors, nurses and other health-care workers to work with a new generation of veterans returning to civilian life.

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A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program, scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Republican Cong. Jeff Miller and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, and their staffs, worked through the weekend to finalize the plan, in time for consideration before Congress leaves for its August break. At a news conference on Monday, Miller said the blueprint also begins a conversation about the future of the VA.

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Governor Rick Scott was in town Thursday morning to award 227 local veterans a special medal...and talk just a little politics. 

Saying the Supreme Court "upheld our freedom of religion again this week", Scott made it clear how he stood on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case.

Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

Earlier this week, when the Veterans Affairs released the results of a nationwide audit of VA healthcare facilities, two local clinics in the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare system were on a list of 112 that had been flagged for further investigation. Since Monday, a lot has been done to deal with the VA health care system to deal with issues such as the back log of veterans waiting to be seen and problems of questionable practices that have been uncovered.

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