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SD 40 race could be Donald Trump test for Democrats

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Florida Democrats are facing a test to see whether anti-President Donald Trump politics will give them a boost ahead of a critical election year and perhaps signal a turnaround after two decades of Republican dominance in the Legislature. They’ve made Trump a focal point in a special election set for Tuesday to replace a Miami-area Republican state senator who resigned after using racial slurs in front of black colleagues. The Republican in the race, state Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz, was a contestant on…

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15 big questions facing Florida politics heading into summer

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Summer is here — well, unofficially at least. And with it comes cookouts, summer vacations, and the start of the 2018 election cycle (again, unofficially). With a tumultuous legislative session in our rearview mirror and a jam-packed election cycle on the horizon, the answers to these 14 questions (plus a fill-in-the-blank) could shape the future of the state. — Does Gov. Rick Scott veto the budget? The Naples Republican isn’t saying whether he plans to veto the $83 billion spending plan;…

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Florida Democratic Party reveals key staffing changes

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There are more changes coming to the Florida Democratic Party. Stephen Bittel, the chairman of the state party, announced several key staffing changes, including the promotions of Roosevelt Holmes and Johanna Cervone, Monday. In a statement, Bittel said the state party has seen a resurgence in recent months, and he is confident the “new Florida Democratic Party will build the strongest most effective grassroots infrastructure in the entire country as we turn Florida back to blue in 2018.” Bittel Holmes…

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For ‘Dem-witted’ Florida Democrats, stop arguing and get to work

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In case Democrats haven’t figured it out yet, they are in a position of increasing irrelevance for a couple of big reasons: They consistently have been outworked, and they apparently can’t understand what’s actually happening in Florida and this country. The election of Donald Trump is just the latest in what has been a series of events that left Democrats dazed and confused (apologies to Led Zeppelin). I was reminded of that Saturday when an enthusiastic and large crowd (yes,…

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Stephen Bittel for Florida Democrats, what do you have to lose?

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Over the weekend, Florida Democrats elected Miami rich guy Stephen Bittel to lead their party. The choice was controversial and left many members screaming that Bittel is the wrong man at the wrong time. They have their reasons, I guess. But, let me ask a simple question:  Whom would be the right person? The political cosmos has been trying to send a message for years to Florida Democrats. They haven’t been listening. They have lost five consecutive races for governor…

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Florida GOP calls ad attacking Dana Young a ‘smear piece,’ calls for Florida Dems to pull it

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The Republican Party of Florida is taking umbrage with attacks on Majority Leader Dana Young, even calling for federal elections officials to step in. Young faces Democrat Bob Buesing in the Senate District 18 election. The district is seen as one of a few Democrats can pick up across the state, and Democrats and other outside groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking the Tampa Republican. In a recent ad, the state party tries to tie Young to…

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More than 5.7 million have voted in Florida

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Democrats continue to hold a lead over Republicans in pre-election totals, fueled in large part by big turnout during the early voting period. State figures released Saturday morning show nearly 2.3 million Democrats and nearly 2.3 million Republicans have voted by mail or in person during the early voting period. Democrats have returned 7,280 more ballots than their GOP counterparts. Nearly 1.1 million no party affiliation voters have already voted. According to the Division of Elections, more than 5.7 million…

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