Ron DeSantis

Conservatives: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Republicans look to avoid earmark reinstatement once and for all

Texas Rep. John Culberson, seen here with presidential adviser Kellyanne Conaway at the inauguration last month, made an ill-fated effort to bring back earmarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservative lawmakers banded together Tuesday to send a message to their Republican colleagues: Don’t bring back earmarks.

“If you start going down this road, you will lose the House of Representatives,” Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said at an anti-earmark event hosted by the Republican Study Committee.

What Florida Members Are Telling Constituents About Matthew
Floridians prepare for rare Category 4 storm to hit Thursday evening

Kevin Forde, left, and John Haughey put up plywood on a window in Miami Beach, Florida, on Thursday as they prepare for Hurricane Matthew. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As Florida prepares for Hurricane Matthew to strike, members of Congress are working to keep their constituents in the loop and safe.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio warned in an email Thursday, "Meteorologists are calling this the storm of decades, and it is not something to take lightly." Signed off with "Paid for by Marco Rubio for Senate 2016," the email also suggested people donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Word on the Hill: D.C. Gets a New Museum
Stay tuned for HOH's Museum of African American History review

The 19th Smithsonian museum opens to the media on Wednesday for previews. (Smithsonian NMAAHC via Twitter)

The new Smithsonian National Museum of African American Historyand Culture is open to the media all day Wednesday.

Ahead of its grand opening on Sept. 24, members of the press are able to preview all 12 exhibits, the Oprah Winfrey Theater and the cafe on Wednesday. Check tomorrow's Heard on the Hill for photographs and a review.

Sore Losers: Senate Candidates Ingracious in Defeat
McCain, Rubio challengers, Grayson refuse to endorse winning opponents

Arizona's Kelli Ward, Sen. John McCain's defeated primary opponent, said, "I hope the senator can rest comfortably with his conscience as he continues to lecture others about civility.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

So much for losing graciously.

The primary challengers to Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio —  Republicans Kelli Ward and Carlos Beruff, respectively — and Rep. Alan Grayson who lost his Senate bid to fellow Florida Democrat, Rep. Patrick Murphy, were very critical of their opponents as the results of Tuesday's vote became clear.

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Is This the New Rubio Super PAC?
Fla. senator must raise cash quickly ahead of fast-approaching primary

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he was running for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Does Marco Rubio's Senate campaign already have an accompanying super PAC?  

The Federal Election Commission reported Wednesday the creation of the Florida First Project , a new super PAC that listed a Tampa address.   

How Rubio's Decision Scrambles Florida House Races
DeSantis is running for re-election in the 6th District

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis is running for re-election now that Marco Rubio has entered the Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Marco Rubio’s decision to run for the Senate complicates the political lives of a number of other Florida Republicans.

First among them is 6th District Rep. Ron DeSantis, who announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the Senate race to run for re-election

Analysis: Why Rubio's Return is Good, Not Great News for the GOP
Florida senator is party's best shot at holding seat — but he's no electoral guarantee

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio reversed course and announced a re-election bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans begged, cajoled, and pleaded with Marco Rubio to change his mind and run for re-election.  

That the Florida senator actually agreed to do so is a stunning coup for the party. It also means the GOP’s chances of holding on to Rubio’s seat might still be no better than a tossup.  

Veto Likely Over GOP Gitmo Limits in Defense Spending Bill

House Republicans turned the screw this week on President Barack Obama's attempts to shutter the Guantanamo Bay prison before he leaves office.

They even went so far as to declare in legislation that not a single prisoner may leave there.

Senate GOP Candidate: Florida Voters Don't Want Rubio
Internal poll shows Carlos Beruff leading the GOP primary field

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has come under pressure from Republican leaders to reconsider his decision to not run for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Republican Senate candidate in Florida is firing a warning shot at Sen. Marco Rubio and the party leaders trying to persuade him to run for re-election: GOP voters have already moved on.  

Carlos Beruff's campaign released an internal poll Tuesday showing the wealthy developer in a dead heat atop a five-man field for the GOP nomination. The survey, conducted by OnMessage Inc. pollster Wes Anderson, found Beruff winning 17 percent of the primary vote, higher than Rep. David Jolly 's 16 percent.