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‘You’re more partisan than me,’ says Rick Baker about Rick Kriseman — and vice versa

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Rick Baker knew for months that Rick Kriseman was going to attack him as an out-of-step Republican in a Democratically friendly city, even before entering the mayoral campaign last month. During his campaign kickoff announcement, the former St. Petersburg Mayor warned supporters  they’d be getting a dose of such rhetoric from the Kriseman camp: “Because that’s the only thing they have.” But last week, while filing papers for his official re-election run, Kriseman said that a review of who contributed to Seamless…

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At Florida Dems Leadership Gala, Joe Biden argues progressives can still win working class vote

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HOLLYWOOD — In the immediate aftermath of Hillary Clinton‘s stunning Electoral College loss to Donald Trump for the presidency last November, Democrats took to writing think pieces and conducting heated arguments about how they lost working-class white voters. Questions like: Was it too much of “identity politics”? Were they too elitist? Joe Biden has heard and read about those discussions, and he’s sick of them. “This phony debate going in the Democratic Party, the Hobbesian choice that we’re given — we either become…

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What’s next for James Comey? Maybe law, corporate work, politics

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So what’s next for James Comey? The former FBI director boldly challenged the president who fired him, accused the Trump administration of lying and supplied material that could be used to build a case against President Donald Trump. But after stepping away from the Capitol Hill spotlight, where he’s always seemed comfortable, the 56-year-old veteran lawman now confronts the same question long faced by Washington officials after their government service. His dry quip at a riveting Senate hearing that he…

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‘Invisible Pasco’ activist Linda Jack to challenge Amber Mariano in House District 36

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Democrat Linda Jack, a veterinarian from New Port Richey, has filed to run for the Florida House District 36 seat currently held by Republican Amber Mariano.  Dr.Jack is a Florida native who spent many years traveling, performing and teaching as a professional musician, based in New York, Boston and Nashville. She then switched careers after obtaining a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from North Carolina State University and subsequently worked in Virginia and North Carolina before moving back home to…

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Donald Trump’s cellphone diplomacy raises security concerns

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President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice. Of the two, only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has…

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Joe Henderson: If some Democrats don’t care about ‘issues’ maybe that’s leaders’ fault

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Um, Sally Boynton Brown? If you’re trying to explain why Democratic voters didn’t turn out in sufficient numbers last November to deliver Florida to Hillary Clinton, I suggest a different approach than saying basically “they don’t get it.” That’s not a direct quote from the newly hired executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, but it is the essence of her intemperate remarks at a progressive caucus gathering in Broward County. The Miami New Times, on the scene at the…

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GOP mocks national Dems for ‘zero chance’ of beating Vern Buchanan in 2018

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Though the 2018 congressional elections are still a year and a half away, the news headlines continue to make Democrats believe that 2018 will be a wave election that could see them take over the House of Representatives. It won’t be easy, even if the daily revelations from Washington continue to chip away at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s ratings. On Monday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced 20 more congressional districts targeted for recruitment and potential investment,…

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