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John Thrasher not everyone’s choice for GOP job

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A philosophical dustup at a Republican meeting Thursday night designed to elect state Sen. John Thrasher as the GOP state committeeman from St. Johns County ended with police called and a dissenter escorted out. John Stevens, the Northeast Florida chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, has been a vocal opponent of Thrasher’s run to become chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Selection as a committeeman is a requirement to run for the party leadership post. Stevens arrived at the…

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John Thrasher not everyone’s choice for GOP job

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A philosophical dustup at a Republican meeting Thursday night designed to elect state Sen. John Thrasher as the GOP state committeeman from St. Johns County ended with police called and a dissenter escorted out. John Stevens, the Northeast Florida chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, has been a vocal opponent of Thrasher’s run to become chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Selection as a committeeman is a requirement to run for the party leadership post. Stevens arrived at the…

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Not a good day for Charlie Crist: continuing coverage of Jim Greer’s resignation

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Normally, you’d need to be a Florida politics junky to care that the Chairman of the Florida GOP, Jim Greer, resigned his office yesterday. But this is an ominous sign for Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate primary and another sign of right-wing power in the nationwide GOP battle between moderates and the Tea Party/Club for Growth right. This one’s a big deal. Update – 5:50 p.m. – Former House Speaker Bense said Wednesday he planned to fill in for…

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Not a good day for Charlie Crist: continuing coverage of Jim Greer’s resignation

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Normally, you’d need to be a Florida politics junky to care that the Chairman of the Florida GOP, Jim Greer, resigned his office yesterday. But this is an ominous sign for Charlie Crist in the Florida senate primary and another sign of right-wing power in the nationwide GOP battle between moderates and the Tea Party/Club for Growth right. This one’s a big deal. Update – 5:50 p.m. – Former House Speaker Bense said Wednesday he planned to fill in for…

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Florida Senate poised to shift to the right

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From the Jacksonville Observer: The Florida Senate could be poised for a major power shift, with a bloc of moderate Republicans likely weakened by departures and intra-party rivalries. The changes are already underway, lawmakers and lobbyists say. Republican Sen. Joe Negron’s victory this week in a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, is expected to tilt the seat slightly more to the right. And another special election this fall to replace the late Sen. Jim…

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