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Brandon Patty moving toward U.S. House bid in CD 6

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For Brandon Patty, all signs point to 2016 congressional run to replace U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the business consultant tells Florida Politics. The former Republican campaign staff member and Navy reservist said Friday that at the current rate “there’s no reason” he won’t be a candidate in the St. Johns County-based Congressional District 6. Patty said his role as a consultant for Deloitte, where he analyzes new federal rules and laws for business clients, helps make him uniquely qualified for the job.…

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PPP to release new poll numbers in Florida Senate race, hints of major Democratic support for Charlie Crist

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In terms of survey data, it would represent the most damaging blow Kendrick Meek could suffer: what if a poll showed that more of Florida’s decided Democratic voters prefer independent Charlie Crist over presumptive Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek? Simply put, it would be the poll heard ’round the state. And it may be coming out tomorrow. Public Policy Polling (PPP) is offering a glimpse into a poll it will release Tuesday, which reveals a little bit of who is backing…

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@Greene4Florida writes open letter to @KendrickMeek: ‘Bring it on’

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Dear Kendrick: When I first entered the Senate race, I wrote to you to express my desire to run a campaign based on the issues that Floridians care about including jobs, the environment and healthcare. I proposed that we have a healthy debate on the topics that would help voters understand the clear difference between our candidacies. Now, with just over a month before the primary election and less than 24 hours after Democrats united at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, you…

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@Greene4Florida writes open letter to @KendrickMeek: ‘Bring it on’

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Dear Kendrick: When I first entered the Senate race, I wrote to you to express my desire to run a campaign based on the issues that Floridians care about including jobs, the environment and healthcare. I proposed that we have a healthy debate on the topics that would help voters understand the clear difference between our candidacies. Now, with just over a month before the primary election and less than 24 hours after Democrats united at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, you…

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Herald: Kendrick Meek scrambles to solidify backing in Senate race

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A must-read from Beth Reinhard on how Kendrick Meek’s shoe-leather campaign that collected 125,000 voter signatures hasn’t taken Meek farther than a distant third place in the polls, behind Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, and with Jeff Greene closing in. An excerpt: So five weeks before the primary, the Miami congressman finds himself shoring up support in his own back yard. His seven stops on Sunday included a gospel music-infused church in Lauderdale Lakes, a Miami union hall, and heavily…

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Must read from Newsweek: The Resurrection of Charlie Crist

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Newsweek goes all biblical on Charlie Crist: Not long ago, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist seemed like a dead pol walking. Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio was thrashing him in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Crist’s 30-point lead had swung to a 30-point deficit; funding was drying up, as were endorsements. “He’s deader than the day before yesterday,” former state GOP chair Tom Slade told the St. Petersburg Times in late April. “I don’t think there’s any way in the…

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Notes from the Florida Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Joy Reid, last night’s recipient of the award for Best National blog, covered all of the angles at the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  It’s coverage like this that helped her win her award.  Her notes: Kendrick Meek brought a cheering section … Gelber and Aronberg played nice … and Alex Sink’s mike went rogue. And a good time was had by all at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. The Democratic faithful gathered at the Westin Diplomat hotel in Hallandale Beach…

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