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James Varney

James Varney was a national correspondent for The Washington Times. 

Articles by James Varney

In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to supporters at Republican rally in Orlando, Fla. Top Florida Republicans including Scott have been quick to say President Donald Trump is wrong about the death toll in Puerto Rico. Scott said he disagreed with the president and that he has seen the “devastation firsthand.” (AP Photo/John Raoux) **FILE**

Rick Scott Hurricane Irma contracts set for Homeland Security IG audit

In response to a request from nearly a dozen Democratic elected officials, the Inspector General at Homeland Security will conduct an audit of cleanup and debris removal contracts signed by Gov. Rick Scott's administration after Hurricane Irma last year. Published September 24, 2018

This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a resident in Providence, R.I., as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A Trump administration plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census has prompted legal challenges from many Democratic-led states. But not a single Republican attorney general has sued _ not even from states with large immigrant populations. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

Citizenship question for 2020 census sparked online uproar: Commerce

A proposed question regarding citizenship on the 2020 census generated a remarkable amount of online feedback, with much of it negative comments copied and pasted from opposing group's suggestions, the Commerce Department said Friday. Published September 21, 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks during a campaign event at Versailles restaurant, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Ron DeSantis beats Adam Putnam in Florida GOP primary

Florida primary voters made some surprising choices Tuesday night, giving President Trump's endorsed gubernatorial candidate a resounding victory on the Republican side while going with a Bernard Sanders-backed Democrat over a U.S. House member. Published August 28, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his bid to run for the U.S. Senate at a news conference Monday, April 9, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Bill Nelson says Rick Scott, Trump administration orchestrated Florida offshore drilling exemption

When the Trump administration announced plans this year to ease the offshore drilling ban and then quickly retreated when it came to Florida's coast, Gov. Rick Scott took credit for backing the president away from the idea. But Democrats said it was all orchestrated to bolster the Republican governor's environmental credentials ahead of his anticipated bid to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Published August 27, 2018

Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, who is challenging Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, is only two points behind the incumbent, according to a Marquette Law School poll that also gave Republican voters a fractional edge in enthusiasm. (Associated Press/File)

Midterm election polls look bright for GOP

The Republican Party has had a grim August, one filled with indictments, guilty pleas, courtroom convictions, gloomy prognosticators and a potential midterm disaster. So why are some party officials smiling? Polls. Published August 26, 2018