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Bob Buckhorn embraces Patrick Murphy’s ideology as he gives his endorsement in Tampa

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.Although he didn’t call Patrick Murphy his “soulmate” today, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn otherwise gave as full throated endorsement as any politician can  when he announced his full-fledged support for South Florida U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in next year’s race for Senate. “I think he is where I am ideologically — which is in the center of that spectrum,” Buckhorn said of Murphy’s centrist political leanings at a press conference held in Curtis Hixon Park. The two were also in synch sartorially,…

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Bill Day’s latest: Pam Bondi, Allen West for Senate?

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When U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate, he set off an unusual chain of events among Florida Democrats. First, speculation flourished over a potential Democratic primary, with a number of leading contenders, such as former Gov. Charlie Crist, as well as U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alan Grayson. Since then, both Crist and Wasserman Schultz have bowed out. And the chatter is growing that Grayson will possibly enter the race to replace Marco Rubio, particularly…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.26.15 — How viable is Rubio’s plan to replace the ACA?

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I wrote up several stories regarding polls in Florida yesterday, and in one of those stories I wrote briefly about Marco Rubio’s plan to replace Obamacare. As we all know, the GOP has been castigated for being nattering nabobs of negativism (to trot out that golden oldie written by Pat Buchanan and uttered by Spiro Agnew) when it comes to the Affordable Care Act; always criticizing, always (in the House) voting to repeal, but barely able to come up with…

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New poll says Floridians DO want Jeb Bush & Marco Rubio to realize their presidential ambitions

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Yesterday a Public Policy Polling survey showed that a majority of Floridians wanted neither Jeb Bush nor Marco Rubio to run for president in 2016. That was so yesterday. Literally. A new poll released this morning from St. Leo University shows quite the opposite — 63 percent of Floridians want Bush to run for president and 58 percent say they want Rubio to do so as well. A Bush/Rubio matchup shows the former governor besting the current U.S. senator, leading 39-30 percent. The poll contains plenty of…

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Say what? PPP survey reports Allen West leading GOP field of 2016 Senate candidates

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Allen West has been in the news a lot this week — but not for anything he’s done of late. Despite outspending Democrat Patrick Murphy by a 4-1 ratio in his bid for re-election to Congress in 2012, the South Florida Tea Party favorite lost to Murphy in that celebrated race. Now Murphy is running for the U.S. Senate, and West is … well, still apparently the head of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank. Before…

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NRSC launches website to bracket Patrick Murphy’s campaign

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Within hours of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announcing a bid for the U.S. Senate, the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a new website “welcoming” the Jupiter Democrat to the race. “After barely serving one term in the House of Representatives … Murphy is already asking Floridians for a promotion,” says a NRSC statement. “Fittingly, Murphy has decided to launch his campaign on the anniversary of ObamaCare in an effort to highlight his support for its $716 billion in cuts to Medicare.” To…

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Democrat Patrick Murphy announces run for U.S. Senate

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South Florida Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy has declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 2016. “It just boils down to where I think being in the U.S. Senate, we can really have a great impact,” Murphy told SaintPetersBlog late Sunday afternoon by phone, giving his first interview after declaring that he is a candidate for office. Murphy becomes the first official entrant from either party to announce his intentions for the seat currently occupied by Marco Rubio.…

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