Bill Nelson

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    November 13, 2014

    72-Year-Old Bill Nelson Charged With Reinvigorating Florida Dems for a New Age

    Senator Bill Nelson is just about the only problem the Florida Democratic Party doesn't have. The 72-year-old senator is in his third term and always cruises to an easy reelection, and has held one elected office or another since 1973 save for a four-year gap in the early '90s. But is he really the ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Bill Nelson Finally Decides Gays Should Have Jobs

    Up until this morning Florida's Bill Nelson was one of just three Democrats left in the senate who didn't support the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. After Equality Florida luanched a "twitterbomb" on him last week though, Nelson announced he'd sign on as a co-sponsor.

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    April 5, 2013

    Bill Nelson Finally Comes Out in Favor of Gay Marriage

    Forgive Bill Nelson for taking his time. After all, the issue of gay marriage had nothing to do with his preferred issues of space and snakes.Ever a moderate, Nelson had stuck to a low-key position supporting civil unions. Apparently the 70-year-old senator finally realized he was just one of seven ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    Bill Nelson Now Back to Talking About Space Stuff: Wants NASA to Catch Asteroids

    Florida Senator Bill Nelson finally got around to supporting gay marriage last night by penning a brief, sort-of-uncomfortable editorial for The Tampa Bay Times. Don't expect him to talk much more about it, though, because today he's gone back to talking about one of his favorite subjects: space shi ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Connie Mack: Pay No Attention to Those Other Biased Polls, My Poll Shows I'm Losing Too

    Florida Senate nominee Connie Mack IV isn't fighting Democrat Bill Nelson as much as he's scrapping with polling and perception. For weeks now, polls have shown Nelson with a huge lead over Mack, and the challenger is in danger of having his campaign written off as unwinnable by donors. So Mack has ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Bill Nelson Up Seven Points Over Connie Mack In First Major Poll Since Primary

    Rep. Connie Mack is now officially the Republicans' nominee for Florida's senate race, but his easy win in last week's primary didn't give him much of a boost in the polls. A new Rasmussen Reports poll, a firm that's independent but tends to produce results that are kinder to Republicans, shows that ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Bill Nelson's Son's Drunken Arrest Used as Ammo By Republicans

    Somehow Republicans were able to keep a straight face today by declaring that bringing up their own candidate's history of drunken arrests was "disappointing" and then bringing up a Democrat's son drunken arrests.Connie Mack IV, your Republican nominee for Senate, had a habit of drunken shenanigans, ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Charlie Crist Endorses Democrat Bill Nelson Over His Former Supporter Connie Mack

    Florida's most moderate former Republican has endorsed Florida's most moderate Democrat, Bill Nelson, over his Republican challenger, Connie Mack IV, in a move that should surprise no one but is sure to have people talking. Since leaving the Republican Party during his own bid for Senate, Crist has ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Bill Nelson Back On Top of Connie Mack in Latest Poll

    See also "Connie Mack Now Leads Bill Nelson by Nine Points in Major Reversal."Yesterday, a Rasumussen Reports poll indicated that Republican challenger Rep. Connie Mack IV had taken a commanding nine-point lead in the the race against incumbent Senator Bill Nelson.But not so fast. A new poll release ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Connie Mack Now Leads Bill Nelson by Nine Points in Major Reversal

    While polling in Florida of the presidential race has fluctuated, the polling in our Senate race had been pretty consistent: Incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson was kicking ass.Well, no more, at least according to one poll. Rasmussen Reports shows that, in a major shift, Republican challen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Poll: Senator Bill Nelson Continues to Crush Connie Mack IV

    Barring any sort of crazy scandal or shakeup, you might as well refer to Rep. Connie Mack IV as the GOP's presumptive senate nominee in Florida. He continues to poll heads and tails above his Republican primary competitors (and is now refusing to show up to debates, as he's already considered himsel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Obama and Nelson Leading in Florida According to NBC Poll; Nelson and Mack Tied in Q Poll

    Another day, another poll, another outcome. Yesterday, Qunnipiac released a poll in Florida that found Mitt Romney had taken the lead in Florida, and today they've released a poll showing that Bill Nelson and Connie Mack IV are now tied in the Senate race. Though, today also saw the release of an NB ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Boring Moderate Bill Nelson's Stance on Gay Marriage is Vaguely Boring and Moderate

    There are worse things for politicians to be than boring moderates, sure, but Bill Nelson is a boring moderate through and through. So, it's really no surprise that his stance on gay marriage is predictably off in some vague, boring, moderate middle land.

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    April 23, 2012

    Joe Biden Visits Everglades, Stumps for Obama and Bill Nelson, Does Not Kill a Burmese Python

    It was an entrance worthy of Vladimir Putin.Joe Biden roared his air boat to a halt in the Everglades. Miccosukee war paint smeared his face. Swamp spray glistened on his bare chest. The Veep then tossed a giant, dead Burmese python at the feet of a gaggle of reporters and screamed: "Are you not ent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Connie Mack IV Links Bill Nelson to Monkeys on Cocaine

    Florida's 2012 Senate election is shaping up to be as ridiculous as ever. Connie Mack IV, whom you might remember has been characterized by his Republican opponents as "the Charlie Sheen of Florida Politics," released a web ad today linking incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nel ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Poll: Bill Nelson Leads Connie Mack IV by Eight Points in Senate Race

    Just two weeks ago, a Rasmussen poll showed Republican Connie Mack IV beating incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by seven points, but now a new Quinnipiac poll shows an almost opposite picture. According to Q, Nelson now leads Mack by eight points in the battle of Senator Spacesnakes vs. "the Cha ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Senate Poll: Connie Mack Now Leads Bill Nelson by 7 Percent

    ​Never mind the fact that Connie Mack IV's history of bar brawls and financial problems have been talked about heavily for the past month. It hasn't apparently hurt his campaign in any way. The Republican Senate hopeful has opened a seven-point lead over Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

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    February 16, 2012

    Cow Furry Shows Up to Protest Sen. Bill Nelson's "Udder Hypocrisy"

    ​Florida's Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has apparently really pissed off one furry. A man in a full plushy cow costume showed up at the State Capitol building this morning to declare that Nelson was in the business of "udder hypocrisy."

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    January 6, 2012

    Connie Mack, Florida Senate Candidate, is One of the Sexiest Members of Congress According to Horny College Kids

    ​Rep. Connie Mack's late entrance into the GOP primary for the right to take on incumbent senator Bill Nelson later this year has resulted in a quick jump to the front of the pack over other candidates like George LeMieux and Adam Hasner. The fact that Mack shares his name with his father, a forme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Marco Rubio has Higher Disapproval Ratings than Bill Nelson

    Who's Florida's political golden boy? Well, based on all the fawning press and attention he's received, you might believe it's our first-time Republican Senator Marco Rubio. Well, apparently the honeymoon is coming to end. Now more Floridians disapprove of the way Rubio is handling his job than ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Bill Nelson Seems Boring Enough to Win Reelection

    ​Bill Nelson is now Florida's longest serving state-wide elected politician, and yet a surprising amount of Floridians don't think much of him one way or another. The guy has sat in the Senate for 11 years, and mastered a brand of bland Democratic moderation that doesn't piss off Republicans too m ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Obama's Approval Ratings Get Big Bump in Florida

    The 2012 election is still 17 months away, but the latest numbers from Quinnipiac show hopeful news for Democrats for the first time in month. President Barack Obama's approval ratings are back above 50 percent in Florida since 2009, and more Floridians say they would definitely vote for him than a ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Bill Nelson Will View Osama Death Photos, Marco Rubio Opts Out

    ​Regular people will probably not see Osama bin Laden's final glamor shots, the one featuring a bullet hole somewhere in his face. At least not any time soon, but a select group of congressmen will get a chance to view those photos. Because Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio serve on the Senate Intellige ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    GOP Senate Candidates Shocking Attack Against Bill Nelson: He Likes Obama

    ​There's no clear front runner yet in the race for the Republican nomination to take on Senator Bill Nelson in 2012, but the candidates are already taking aim at Nelson. Though, the guy is a pretty moderate Democrat who hasn't stirred up all that much controversy, recent web ads from some of the c ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    President Obama Coming Back to Miami on March 4

    ​President Obama sure loves hitting up Miami for fundraisers. POTUS has been in the area several times since his election for numerous cash raising soirees (including one at the Estefan household) and will be back in town March 4 to attend a fundraiser for Democratic Senate candidates as well as t ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Poll: Rush Limbaugh Will Not Be Our Next Senator

    ​Despite much evidence in the 2010 election cycle to the contrary, Florida voters have not completely lost their damn minds. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that Rush Limbaugh does not have a chance of knocking off incumbent democratic senator Bill Nelson when he's up for reelection in ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Why Didn't The Herald Write More About Bill Nelson's Stanford Ponzi Problem?

    First, let's give the feds some credit.via Texas Monthly​​If the Miami Herald's Sunday story updating the Allen Stanford Ponzi-o-rama is accurate, it took the daily only about ten months to finally begin probing the dozens of federal officials who took millions in cash from the (allege ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Bill Nelson Is America's Most Googled Living Senator, Somehow

    ​Out of all the senators who served in Congress this year, our Bill Nelson was the second most Googled senator, according to the New York Times. He came in, understandably, just after the late Ted Kennedy. This means Nelson is America's most Googled serving senator.  No one is ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    News Roundup

    Like Christina Milian, the gods of weather are going to dip it low, and after a week of record highs, we might see record lows. These weather gods are obviously bipolar. [CBS4]Wow, Bill Nelson's senate committee is done with health care, and what does he instantly start up on again? Chinese drywall. ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    George LeMieux Takes Office Today, Hints at Possible Run Against Nelson in 2012

    Florida's 33rd senator, George LeMieux, will be sworn in today at 2:45 amid concerns his Broward law firm helped secure visas for foreigners to work on a hotel and condo project in Bal Harbour, depriving Americans of jobs. As our brothers in blog-arms The Juice point out, a Capit ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009

    Bill Nelson Proposes a Giant Python-Killing Party in the Everglades

    In certain times and places in U.S. history, the answer to every political problem was probably "Let's get a bunch of guys with guns together and solve this." Nowadays, this idea seems to be seriously considered only in matters of Middle East diplomacy, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is suggesting a ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Senator Nelson Takes Strong Stance Against Burmese Pythons

    via Wiki CommonsLast week, a 12-foot-long pet Burmese python snuck into the crib of a 2-year-old Florida girl and killed her. Now, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has taken to the Senate floor to push a ban on importing the potentially dangerous snakes. "Sooner or later, a Burmese python will get the end ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    The Atlantic, Important Political and Foreign Affairs Magazine, Now Rates Tweets

    For the past year, in the dimly lit corridors of congressional office buildings the very men and women we've elected to make the laws of this fine country sit in front of their computers, trying to makes sense of this twitter thing. This phenomenon that was first embraced by the 20-something, intern ... More >>

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    June 16, 2009

    Bill Nelson Will Filibuster the Hell out of Offshore Drilling

    Bill Nelson went to space one man, he's seen some things. We don't even know why we're trying to meet our energy needs with oil anymore, when we all know if we could tap into the source that powers Sen. Bill Nelson, we'd be able to meet the global projected power needs for the next two centuries, a ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Does Bill Nelson Want to Raise Taxes on Your Alcohol?

    I was reading I Can Has Cheezburger in my RSS Reader when I saw this ad below all the LOLcats. Apparently, Sen. Bill Nelson wants to raise the taxes on my wine by 233 percent! The ad leads to the Freedom Work's website, where it explains "a massive new tax hike" to pay for health care, which also in ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Florida Senate Delegation To Remain Firmly Anti-Burmese Python

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be touring the Everglades tomorrow at the invitation of Sen. Bill Nelson. The day will kick off with a briefing on the efforts to trip and track invasive Burmese pythons that make their home in the 'Glades Most of the snakes loose in the& ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Why So Few Women on The JNC?

    Judging by the moose-shootin' hockey mom on the presidential ticket this past fall, political strategists have discovered a little secret: Women outnumber men in this country. And that shows up at the polls.It's for this reason that Florida Senator Bill Nelson might want a re-do when it comes to a d ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Katherine Harris Enjoyed a Nice Caribbean Vay-cay with 'Mini-Madoff' Allen Stanford

    There are quite a few South Florida connections to the ongoing "mini-Madoff" scandal surrounding Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, who faces civil charges from the SEC that he orchestrated a "massive, ongoing fraud" to the tune of $8 billion through his Stanford International Bank. Stanfo ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Local Legislatures On Both Sides Get Good Grades on Poverty Issues

    The National Center of Poverty Law put out their annual Poverty Scorecard, and while scrolling through it we started seeing a pattern. Democrats were all getting As and A s, while Republicans were all getting Cs, Ds and Fs. Take our Senators for example: Democrat Bill Nelson got an A , Republican Me ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Nelson Campaign Cash Caught up in Stanford Saga Too

    Robert Allen Stanford is the latest money manager accused of defrauding his investors out of billions. He is also the latest major Bill Nelson donor caught up in controversy. Yesterday, we told you about the tens of thousands of dollars Sen. Bill Nelson accepted from embattled lobbying firm PMA. ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    Bill Nelson Caught up in PMA Mess

    Last week, ABC News broke news that the FBI had raided PMA Group, a lobbying firm, this past November. PMA, which specialized in lobbying for earmarks for defense contracts, had close ties to Democratic Rep. John Murtha, but also donated heavily to other politicians -- many of them Democrats, but so ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Bill Nelson Wants to Keep Snakes Off Planes

    While this entire stimulus bill saga is gripping DC, Senator Bill Nelson found time to tackle another problem. He filed legislation on Tuesday seeking to ban the import and interstate trade of reptiles. Nelsons interest in the matter stems from the problem of alien pythons in the Everglades, who we ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Two Senators Declare They're "Gonna Be High as a Kite by Then"

    Keeping up the grand tradition of politicians making friendly wagers on sports games, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson made a bet with Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn over the BCS Championship. Instead of a traditional bet, the two decided the loser would have to sing for the winner. Nelson of course won, and Cobu ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Rocketman Nelson Bets His Pipes on BCS Bowl

    Friendly bets on sporting games by officeholders is a hallowed tradition in which headline-hungry politicians make cheap bids for soft coverage. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently got a nice batch of stone crab claws from Miami Mayor Manny Diaz when the Hurricanes lost the Emerald Bowl to Cal ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Only One Of These Men Has A Reason To Smile

    Republicans across the nation may, for some reason, prefer Sarah Palin over Charlie Crist in an imaginary primary, but Crist can take solace in knowing he's the most popular man in Florida. According to the latest numbers 68% of voters approve of Crist's handling of his job. 50% said they'd vote for ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Same Ol' Party

    Lieberman gets to keep his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee and instead loses his position on a subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Maybe Bill Nelson changed a few votes with his phone campaign. Lieberman seemed to think so and publicly thanked him. Now let' ... More >>

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    March 23, 2006

    Gonzo Gore

    The ex-vice prez sure can talk. Who knew?

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    May 15, 2003
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    August 16, 2001

    Space Cowboy

    Someone please tell Bill Nelson that not everyone in the Democratic Party looks like him

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