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Randy Perkins sinks another $1M into CD 18 race, 2nd since Oct. 20

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Democratic CD 18 candidate Randy Perkins put another $1 million of his own money into his campaign last week, according to a new notice filed with the Federal Election Commission. Perkins’ Oct. 27 contribution follows a separate $1 million cash infusion he made Oct. 20, and he has now put nearly $8 million of his own money into his campaign since filing for the seat. Through Oct. 19, Perkins had only raised about $685,000 through individual contributions. Brian Mast, Perkins’…

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After spiked column, Chris Ingram quits writing for Tampa Bay Times

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Conservative commentator Chris Ingram has penned his last column for the Tampa Bay Times. Ingram announced on his Irreverent View blog that his most recent submission to the paper — a sharply worded takedown of Hillary Clinton’s behavior in relation to Bill Clinton’s checkered sexual history — was rejected by the Times’ editor of editorials, Tim Nickens, earlier this month. Nickens informed Ingram the piece “does not fit in tone or substance.” Now Ingram says he’s done writing for the only daily newspaper publishing in the Tampa Bay region.…

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Florida GOP picks its final delegates to convention this summer

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Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia on Saturday selected the 15 delegates and 15 alternates chosen as at-large delegates who had yet to be determined to be part of the state’s contingent of  99 delegates that will represent the Sunshine State at the Republican National Convention: They include former Miami-Dade Rep. Adam Hasner, who worked on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign; incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who campaigned for former Gov. Jeb Bush in New Hampshire; and Senate President Joe Negron, who also endorsed Bush.…

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Jeb Bush enjoys outpouring of local support with new Broward campaign organization

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With the announcement of a Broward County campaign organization on Friday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is enjoying a wave endorsements from more than 130 state leaders, including 20 of Florida’s 26 state senators. Earlier this month, Florida House Speakers for Jeb and the Jeb!2016 Miami-Dade County Campaign Leadership announced the support of three Florida Cabinet members and 11 congressional representatives from the Florida delegation. This latest outpouring from Broward comes as the former Florida governor struggles in home state polling. Donald Trump…

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Personnel note: Chamber taps former Daniel Webster aide as new influencer

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U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster‘s former chief of staff has been named the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of government affairs, the Chamber announced in a Friday press release. Frank Walker III also worked for three other U.S. lawmakers: Former U.S. Sens. George LeMieux and Mel Martinez of Florida, and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state. “After more than a decade in Washington, I know the solutions to the challenges facing Florida and our nation come from the state…

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Republican Rick Kozell announces run for Florida’s CD 18

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Attorney and Republican activist Rick Kozell is announcing he will launch a bid for South Florida’s 18th Congressional District based in Palm Beach County. Kozell is running as an outsider who, like most Americans, is fed up with dysfunction and gridlock in Congress. “Today, Congress seems more focused on growing the bureaucracy than on solving problems. It’s time we fix Washington and restore America’s reputation abroad,” Kozell said in a statement. “Throughout our community, working people are struggling while big government in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.21.15 — Odds looking better for David Jolly for Senate in ’16?

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A week ago I spoke with someone close to David Jolly about the fact that the Pinellas County congressman was going to take some time to consider a candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2016. There were and are a number of pros and cons, of course, for the still newbie Republican representative to contemplate in making such a momentous career decision. The biggest downside is the very real possibility that after yearning to serve in Washington for perhaps his entire…

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