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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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Surprise (or not): Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda joins the Republican Party

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As long expected, Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is pulling a reverse Charlie Crist. The former state representative for Tallahassee, who quit the Democratic Party and became an independent shortly before being term limited out of office last year, now has officially become a Republican. Rehwinkel Vasilinda, 56, officially announced the switch at the 2017 Leon GOP Lincoln Day Dinner held in Tallahassee Thursday night. “We are excited to welcome (her) into the Republican Party,” Leon County GOP chairman Evan Power said. “Her switch really shows how the…

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Carlos Nathan: An open letter to Florida Democrats

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“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” That quote from “Cool Hand Luke” could be directed squarely at the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has been suffering from this issue and a message problem since 1998. The performance of the Florida Democratic Party has led to a complete Republican dominance in both the Legislature and the Governor’s mansion. In 2008, Florida helped elect a young, vibrant senator to the highest office in this land under the premise of…

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Ross Spano victorious over Rena Frazier in HD 59

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Incumbent Ross Spano was returned to the Florida House, defeating Democratic newcomer Rena Frazier. With all 41 precincts reporting in the HD 59 contest, Spano led by about 10 points out of 73,095 votes cast. This race to represent a district that covers much of eastern Hillsborough turned ugly in the closing days, with charges by Democrats that a Spano mailer that cited Frazier’s lack of experience was sexist. That prompted the House and Senate Victory Committee to issue a statement…

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Officials dismiss Donald Trump’s assertions about NFL and debates

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Both the NFL and the Commission on Presidential Debates are rejecting Republican Donald Trump‘s assertions about the fall debates, which the billionaire businessman says have been rigged by his opponents to draw a smaller audience by scheduling two of them at the same time as a football game. Trump began by making an accusation in a tweet posted Friday night: “As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games.…

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Andrew Gillum addresses Florida Democrats before his big moment at the DNC

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention Wednesday (time uncertain), and he showed his much-touted skills while addressing the Florida Democratic Delegation breakfast hours this morning. “If you blink you’ll miss it,” Gillum joked about the length of his scheduled address (which reportedly will call for healing between the black community and law enforcement according to the Tallahassee Democrat), he focused his ten-minute plus speech on the DNC’s narrative being pushed from the Clinton camp on down…

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Heckled offstage, Debbie Wasserman Schultz now faces tough re-election

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The furor over leaked emails not only got U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled out of her speaking role Monday at the Democratic National Convention; it’s also providing fodder for her congressional primary opponent. Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation as Democratic National Committee chair for the sake of party unity after the e-mails indicated that under her leadership, the committee sought to undermine Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ campaign before Hillary Clinton became the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee. Her opponent in…

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