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Florida’s winner-take-all primary could kill Marco Rubio’s chances

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Florida’s winner-take-all Republican presidential primary was supposed to help former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio. That was the thinking when the GOP-dominated Legislature changed the state’s primary date to the third Tuesday in March – the earliest date it could hold an election that will award all 99 Republican delegates to one candidate. But that was before Republicans here even dreamed of – or had nightmares about — businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump possibly winning the…

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Kathy Castor says David Jolly’s campaign finance idea doesn’t go far enough

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Pinellas County Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly‘s proposal to ban federal officeholders from directly seeking campaign contributions has been getting an ambivalent reception across the region and the country. His legislation would affect only elected federal officials: the president, vice president and members of Congress. The change would not apply to candidates for federal office who are not incumbents. “The critical issue is going after the big, dark money that’s out there,” said Kathy Castor, Jolly’s Democratic congressional counterpart across Tampa…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.20.15 -Friction begins immediately between House and Senate in special session

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Last week in Tallahassee, we heard Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli say sort of a remarkable thing. Referring to the conflict between his House of Representatives and the Senate that has dominated Florida politics in 2015, he said it was a  “extraordinary” that anything gets passed between the two bodies. The latest fissure between the House and Senate began immediately after the gavel dropped for the beginning of Special Session C, the third special session of the year, and this was geared exclusively towards…

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Next House speaker: Legislators the enemy, promises change

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Florida state Rep. Richard Corcoran, soon to become one of the most powerful people in state government, delivered a fiery speech on Wednesday where he promised to usher in sweeping changes in everything from schools to legislative ethics and how long judges can stay on the bench. Corcoran, an attorney and one-time top aide to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio when Rubio led the Florida House, told his fellow House Republicans that legislators were the “enemy” because they turn their back…

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David Jolly reacts to conservative criticism of his record

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A close observation of Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly‘s record in the House indicates that despite the occasional pragmatic vote (he does represent a moderate district in Congress after all), nobody would accuse him of being a liberal. Well, almost no one. Today the Club for Growth, an economic conservative political group, came out with a statement blasting the newest entrant into the GOP Senate 2016 race, with their president, David McIntosh calling Jolly, “a big-spending liberal and former lobbyist who…

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David Jolly reacts to conservative criticism of his record

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A close observation of Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly’s record in the House indicates that despite the occasional pragmatic vote (he does represent a moderate district in Congress after all), nobody would accuse him of being a liberal. Well, almost no one. Today the Club for Growth, an economic conservative political group, came out with a statement blasting the newest entrant into the GOP Senate 2016 race, with their president, David McIntosh calling Jolly, “a big-spending liberal and former lobbyist who…

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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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