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Patrick Murphy: Marco Rubio is ‘terrified’ of Donald Trump

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There’s only one explanation why Marco Rubio has been absent from the campaign trail lately. The Florida senator is terrified of Donald Trump. So claims a new email from the campaign of Jupiter Congressman Patrick Murphy, Rubio’s Democratic opponent for the U.S. Senate. A 20-second clip released Thursday shows the Republican presidential nominee in an interview declaring how he now has a “very good relationship” with his onetime rival. “In the primaries, I had a contest directly against Marco and…

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Patrick Murphy quick to blast Marco Rubio’s flawed terrorist gun bill, says it ‘accomplishes nothing’

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Democrat Patrick Murphy wasted little time in finding the fatal flaw in a bill by Republican Marco Rubio to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms, while attempting to protect the rights of lawful gun owners. On Thursday, the Florida senator submitted the “Terror Intelligence Improvement Act of 2016,” which requires federal agencies to flag anyone attempting to buy a gun if he or she has been the subject of a terrorism investigation within the previous 10 years. Murphy, Rubio’s opponent in…

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Patrick Murphy asks when will Florida’s U.S. Senate candidates un-endorse Donald Trump

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Patrick Murphy asks a simple question of the Florida Republicans running for U.S. Senate: Will they jump on the bandwagon and start un-endorsing Donald Trump? Last week, the presumptive GOP nominee outraged both sides of the political aisle when he blasted federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, questioning his Mexican ancestry for decisions in the Trump University lawsuits. As a result, support for Trump – including that of House Speaker Paul Ryan – is beginning to show signs of strain. In an email…

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In weekend visit in Tampa, Alan Grayson endorses $15 minimum wage, lets loose on Patrick Murphy

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Alan Grayson played devil’s advocate while meeting with a group of Tampa Bay area residents fighting for an increase in Florida’s minimum wage on Saturday afternoon in Tampa. “The argument opponents make is that it might mean fewer jobs,” he said to the group assembled around a rectangular table at the Letter Carriers Hall. “Is anyone here afraid you might lose your job if you had $15 an hour?” To the contrary, several people responded. Grayson later said he would endorse…

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Email insights: Unmasking Alan Grayson’s Wall Street hypocrisy

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In complaining about Patrick Murphy’s fundraising, Alan Grayson reveals he is nothing less than a total hypocrite. A new email from Communications Director Joshua Karp calls Grayson a “hedge fund manager” who loves attacking his fellow Democrat for receiving Wall Street contributions during his U.S. Senate campaign. Nevertheless, Karp says the brash Orlando liberal has no qualms about throwing himself a high-profile Wall Street fundraiser – something he did just last week. “Grayson loves to mug for the cameras and rail against Wall Street,”…

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FDP comms director Joshua Karp to join Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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Communications Director for the Florida Democratic Party Joshua Karp is leaving his post to join U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s Democratic campaign to replace outgoing Marco Rubio in the Senate. Karp will remain with the FDP — where press secretary and Twitter gadfly extraordinaire Max Steele is set to replace him — until the end of the month. He has worked with the state party since 2013. The William & Mary alum coordinated closely with fellow comms guru Eric Conrad on a media strategy to elect…

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Critics want ‘do-nothing’ Carlos Lopez-Cantera to drop Senate race, before he even runs

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Before launching his U.S. Senate run, which is expected to come soon, Carlos Lopez-Cantera is getting blasted by Florida Democrats who already want him to drop out. A new email from the Florida Democratic Party says last week was nothing but a headache for the lieutenant governor, who says he will announce a decision on Marco Rubio’s Senate seat July 15. This “headache,” FDP spokesperson Joshua Karp says, comes while Lopez-Cantera earns nearly $1,300 an hour from Florida taxpayers. At issue with…

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