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Democrats issue statement on education funding

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In response to Speaker Richard Corcoran’s pledge to increase funding for education, two Democratic ranking members called the statement “encouraging.” State Rep. Larry Lee Jr. of Port St. Lucie, the ranking member on the Pre-K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, and state Rep. Shevrin Jones of West Park, ranking member on the Education Committee, issued a statement Monday morning. “Ensuring every child has access to a quality public education has been neglected for too long when it should always be a top priority of this…

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In Tampa, Patrick Murphy says Marco Rubio is running to be president, not a full-time Senator

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Although they both have a primary election to get through in two weeks, both Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are acting like the general election for U.S. Senate is already here. That was evident in Tampa on Monday morning, when the Jupiter Democrat denied he was overlooking Alan Grayson and the Aug. 30 primary, but then immediately lit into his probable Republican opponent. “We don’t take anything for granted,” Murphy responded, adding that he’s going out and about to try to meet as many voters as he…

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Deadline for proposed Alan Grayson-Patrick Murphy debates approaches

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There’s less than two months to go before the extremely competitive Democratic primary for U.S. Senate takes place, yet no debates have officially been scheduled between the two major candidates in that race, Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson. That may be changing though. Or maybe not. FloridaPolitics.com has learned that three NPR affiliates in the state – WUSF in Tampa, WMFE in Orlando and WLRN in Miami – are attempting to hold radio debates between the primary candidates for both the Democratic and Republican…

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Patrick Murphy raises $2.4 million during second quarter for U.S. Senate campaign

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Patrick Murphy announced Thursday that he has raised more than $2.4 million in the past three months in his campaign for U.S. Senate in Florida. And he now has more than $7.2 million cash on hand, the most of any candidate running for the U.S. Senate. “I am humbled by the outpouring of grassroots support from Floridians across our state and I will continue working hard every day for them,” Murphy said in a statement. “Florida families are ready for a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.29.16 — Hillary Clinton survives Trey Gowdy, now what about James Comey?

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For those of you who were looking for a smoking gun that would nail Hillary Clinton from Trey Gowdy‘s Select Committee on Benghazi’s two-year investigation, you might be out of luck. At least that’s the consensus from reporters who (presumably) read all 800-pages of that committee’s report which was released to the public yesterday. I didn’t read a word of it, so I’m not going to profess to be authoritative at all about what the report ultimately says. However, it doesn’t…

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NRSC attacks “Privileged Patrick” Murphy in new television ad to air in Washington D.C.

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(UPDATE) That investigative report by CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede on Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy’s business background continues to enjoy added life in the form of a new television commercial produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The ad, entitled, “A Career Built on Lies,” relies heavily on DeFede’s report, which reported that Murphy has never been a licensed CPA in Florida, nor a small business owner, contrary to his proclamations since he began serving in politics. The ad will be shown only in Washington…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.23.16 – Another story on Patrick Murphy enhancing his resume

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Forgive us for not being too coherent, having stayed up until the early morning hours today watching the Hillsborough County MPO’s discussion of the TBX project until 2:20 a.m.this morning. You can read our account here. Although the huge news in Florida Politics yesterday morning was Marco Rubio‘s re-entry into a Senate race he said he would never get back into; you have to believe Rubio feels like he can handle his competition pretty handily. The Democratic Party, both statewide and…

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