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Patrick Murphy to debate Marco Rubio two times before Nov. 8 election

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Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio announced Monday they would debate three times and participate in a separate campaign forum, bringing an end to speculation Murphy was reluctant to engage in debates with the GOP Senate incumbent. However, there’s still a dispute about how many events they will actually have, because Rubio says two of the events have ties to Murphy supporters. The first debate will be held in Orlando on October 17, and is sponsored by POLITICO, ABC affiliate WFTV, and Cox Media, and will be…

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David Jolly accuses Charlie Crist of lying about his stance on student debt

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For the second time in a little over a week, the David Jolly campaign is accusing Charlie Crist of lying about Jolly’s record. At issue on Thursday was a tweet by Crist, in which he said Jolly opposed the refinancing of student debt. Student loan debt is skyrocketing. I agree w/@USRepKCastor refinancing should be allowed. My GOP opponent disagrees. https://t.co/3G1MAjGLic — Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) September 8, 2016 Not true, countered the Jolly campaign. They responded by providing a link to a videotape of Jolly’s debate against Alan Grayson April 25, where…

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Bill Rufty: Polk becoming a two-Party county?

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Polk County will likely never return to the Democratic bastion that was home to four U.S. senators, three governors, and four presidents of the Florida Senate. But from Tuesday’s primaries and the fielding of candidates for the Nov. 8 general elections, Polk Democrats are slowly learning to make the now-GOP bastion a two-party county again. There was a big Democratic Primary in eastern Polk County for Florida’s 9th Congressional District, but not one of the four candidates were from Polk. However,…

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Add nice guy Jim Waldman to list of ‘sore losers,’ while Ritch Workman keeps it classy

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There are lots of reasons people don’t like politics; this is one of them. Tim Canova refused to concede his congressional bid, telling reporters he would only “concede Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a corporate stooge.” Alan Grayson called Patrick Murphy a Republican. And after Marco Rubio trounced Carlos Beruff in the Republican Party primary, Beruff released an Op-Ed blasting Rubio. “With regard to young Mr. Rubio, in my judgment, he made a life mistake. A man’s word is the most important thing he has. Mr. Rubio must live with that decision,” he…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.1.16 — The debate about the debates begins in Florida

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I think I speak for a lot of Florida political observers in expressing my disappointment that, for whatever reason, Patrick Murphy never debated his Democratic Senate opponents, Pam Keith and Alan Grayson, during the just-concluded primary campaign. Murphy avoided debates organized by Florida Public Radio stations and Bay News 9/News 13 in Orlando well before news broke that Grayson’s ex-wife accused him of abusing her. When that news broke, Murphy said Grayson was not worthy of a debate (ignoring Pam…

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With more than 173,000 votes, Senate hopeful Pam Keith says she feels like a winner

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Although Pam Keith was always in the Senate race to win it, she won’t deny the sense of satisfaction she felt Wednesday, even though she came up well short of defeating Patrick Murphy for the Democratic nomination. Keith captured more than 173,000 votes in the Florida Democratic Primary, finishing less than 2.5 percent behind Alan Grayson for third place in the Democratic Senate race. The 33-year-old Murphy captured 59 percent of the vote. Grayson finished in second place with just under…

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Joe Henderson: In the end, Jim Norman was doomed by his own voice

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When Jim Norman announced last year that he would try to resurrect his political career by running for the District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission, eyebrows arched all over Tampa. I mean, the man was toting a lot of baggage, if you get my drift. But among his many traits, Norman really trusts the sound of his own voice. He no doubt thought he could smooth-talk his way past his controversies and back into the voters’ good graces. His game…

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