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Darryl Paulson: Should the Florida GOP feel blue?

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Florida’s Republican Party has governed Florida for less than a third of the past 150 years. After the Civil War, a coalition of newly enfranchised blacks, a small number of native white Republicans and northern carpetbaggers dominated Florida politics from 1865 to around 1885. After the blacks were stripped of their voting rights at the end of Reconstruction, the Republican Party ceased to be a political force. By 1900, more than 90 percent of black voters were dropped from the…

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Bob Driver: Why would any woman vote for Donald Trump?

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“What is time? What is the meaning of life? Do you know the way to San Jose?” Along with those cosmic questions, many of us today are asking ourselves and the uncaring universe: “Why would any woman in her right mind vote for Donald Trump?” This topic arises because of Trump’s well-recorded and well-demonstrated contempt for women both as individuals and as a collective gender that constitutes at least half of the human race. Rather than repeat any of his…

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Will Florida continue its 50-year streak of choosing the GOP nominee?

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Five delegate-rich states are casting ballots today in Republican primaries. If history is any indication, Florida is poised in 2016 to continue its long-running streak as the state which chooses the Republican Party nominee. Crunching the numbers, a Smart Politics analysis found Florida is one of just three states that backed the eventual Republican nominee in every presidential election cycle since 1956. The other two are Illinois and Kentucky. States voting on “Super Tuesday redux” are in the Midwest (Illinois,…

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George W. Bush: From South Carolina cameo to starring role

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George W. Bush won a bruising South Carolina presidential primary on his way to the Oval Office, as his father did before him. Now it’s his brother’s turn, and for Jeb Bush, the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his brother’s time in office are suddenly front-and-center of his bid to keep alive his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination — thanks to Donald Trump. The former president had already announced plans to campaign for his younger brother on Monday…

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Martin Dyckman: Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president? The question needs to be resolved

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Had a modern Rip Van Winkle, who happened to be a Republican, fallen asleep 20 years ago, he might think that he had awakened now in hell. His choice in the 1996 party primaries for president would have been among a 10-person field including Bob Dole, the senator and eventual nominee; Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, Gov. Pete Wilson of California, and former Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, all of them firmly mainstream. There were rivals to the right, but…

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Jeb Bush focuses on Hillary Clinton while Marco Rubio presses on after debate

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A steady debate performance may have helped keep Jeb Bush‘s campaign afloat. But if Bush was good in Tuesday night’s prime-time face-off, rival Marco Rubio was probably better. And the Republican candidates’ conflicting trajectories played out in Iowa on Wednesday as a confident Rubio worked to sustain his progress while Bush pursued a new strategy to regain his footing in a contest he was once expected to dominate. As he did the night before, Bush shifted his attention away from…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.12.15 — Does the DNC want anyone to watch their debates?

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Overnight returns give Fox Business Network’s prime-time GOP presidential debate showing a 8.9 rating among households and 13.5 million viewers in prime-time. That’s just shy of the 9.5 rating and 14 million viewers earned by CNBC’s recent coverage for the third. And while it’s not nearly as large as the gaudy ratings numbers that Fox and CNN reaped this summer (24 million and 23 million. respectively), it should be noted that the Fox Business Network is in a lot less…

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