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Hundreds of people gathered Friday morning at the Bayside Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for the “Triggered” book-signing event with Donald Trump Jr., and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.

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On a bipartisan vote of 248-180, the U.S. House Wednesday passed a measure that would outlaw oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports House Resolution 205 now goes to the Senate.

“If drilling off of Florida is going to be the only thing that’s going to keep us from having high energy prices and a reliance on foreign energy, I don’t know why that hadn’t [sic] happened yet,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) on the House Floor. “Right now, we are not drilling off the coast of Florida, and we are energy-dominant in the world.”

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U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) visited Pensacola Monday morning, and spoke with the media on a number of topics.

Gaetz emerged from a radio town hall meeting, which covered a number of issues.

“From gun control to the rising political violence in our society, the collapse of fatherhood, and also the provision of care from the [Veterans Administration],” said Gaetz.

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With the clock ticking toward the close of the 2018 General Election, the candidates for Florida’s First District Congressional seat are making a final push for votes.

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Cris Dosev is making another run for Congress, seeking the Republican nomination for Florida House Distrct-1 for the second straight election. He recently sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

In 2016, Dosev placed second in the GOP primary with 25 percent of the vote, falling short to eventual winner Matt Gaetz’ 33 percent in the crowded field. That race was for an open seat, and two years later it’s a rematch with Gaetz now the incumbent. Because of that, Dosev says his strategy has changed significantly.

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Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz led a bipartisan group of lawmakers at a press conference on Capitol Hill (Thursday) to unveil the Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018.

Rep. Gaetz spent months working on the bill, getting feedback from local constituents and trying to come up with the right combination of provisions that his House colleagues could get behind.

“Today, 25 members of Congress have joined in filing the Medical Cannabis Research Act,” Gaetz said. “This is the cannabis reform legislation that has the greatest chance to pass this Congress.”

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As a member of the Florida legislature, Matt Gaetz was instrumental in the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

Now, Congressman Gaetz is leading the charge for federal reform, trying to come up with legislation that his constituents and colleagues can support.

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Florida’s First Congressional District has one of the highest concentrations of military veterans in the country. Improving veterans’ health care is a top priority here and it was the focus of a recent town hall in Pensacola.

Rebecca and Rick Winkler traveled from Crestview to attended the town hall featuring Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach.

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In Washington, the House’s 216-212 passage of a four trillion dollar Republican budget last week appears to pave the way to begin tax reform.

Florida’s 1st District Representative voted with the minority.

“Right now we’ve got $20 trillion in debt; in the next ten years we’re going to $30 trillion in debt unless we cut spending,” said Cong. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach). He’s one of 20 Republicans who joined Democrats in opposing the Senate Amendment to House Con Resolution 71.

Gaetz voted in favor of the original House measure, before its trip to the Senate.

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A professor at the University Of West Florida is the new Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador for the Florida Panhandle. "I had never been involved in political advocacy before and it sounded like a good opportunity." said Dr. Daniel Durkin, an assistant professor of Social Work at UWF with a specialty in Gerontology.  

Dave Dunwoody: Congressman, you’re holding another “Open Gaetz” session in Escambia County this week.

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Training flights involving the T-45 Goshawk are resuming aboard NAS Pensacola and elsewhere, after being grounded over concerns about their oxygen systems.

There is this caveat: the flights must remain below 10,000 feet in altitude, where the oxygen system isn’t needed. Normally, T-45 pilots train at altitudes of about 14,000 feet. Air crew will also wear a modified mask that circumvents the On Board Oxygen Generator System (OBOGS).

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Officials across military-friendly northwest Florida are watching the Pentagon closely once again, now that there’s renewed talk about another round of base closures and mission realignments.

Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee last month, several top military officials supported another round of BRAC: Base Realignment and Closure. Among them was General Stephen Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Dave Dunwoody: "You had your first “Open Gaetz Day” last month in Santa Rosa County, and the next – for Escambia County – is set for next month."

Council on Aging

Meals on Wheels, a program that feeds about two and a half million older citizens nationwide, faces a funding cut in President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.

Almost 130,000 meals are delivered to 500 residents in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties each year, through the Council on Aging of West Florida, an independent, 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, where John Clark is President and CEO.

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