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Joe Henderson: It all comes down to unpredictable, inexplicable Florida

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You know Florida is important. You know our history with elections. And you know the nation, along with every late-night comedian, will be glued to everything that goes on within our borders on Election Day, ready to scream foul play at anything that looks askew. We know all this. But why us? Floridians are good people. We didn’t ask to be under the microscope like this every four years. Why can’t they just let us run our elections in peace?…

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David Jolly says it makes sense why he attacks Alan Grayson and not Patrick Murphy on the campaign trail

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It’s no secret that Republican David Jolly and Democrat Patrick Murphy are friendly colleagues serving in the Florida congressional delegation. “I think we ap­proach Con­gress and gov­ern­ing the same way, there’s a nat­ur­al af­fin­ity there, “Jolly told the National Journal last month. “He is a dear friend of mine.” “Dav­id and I are friends,” Murphy has affirmed. “It’s help­ful to have folks like Dav­id on the oth­er side to talk to.” Their friendship transcends the political divide in Washington, as the Jupiter-based…

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Nomination math may see GOP presidential candidates skip Florida primary

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As everybody chasing the White House knows, Florida’s 29 electoral votes may well decide the whole ballgame next November. But, S.V. Dáte writes in National Journal, the same cannot be said for its 99 Republican primary delegates, where the path to victory will likely go through elsewhere. The high cost of advertising statewide, Florida’s diffuse political geography, and new rules passed by the state GOP may lead candidates to forego campaigning in the state altogether. Writes Dáte: …[T]his time around, the Flor­ida party de­cided to ditch…

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Ad blockers could jeopardize $1 billion presidential campaign online-ad industry

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Online political advertising seems like a win-win proposition; an affordable way for campaigns to get the message out and a steady stream of revenue to keep websites and business. And it is a lucrative proposition, too. Presidential contenders are expected to spend nearly $1 billion in online ad revenue for the 2016 cycle. However, according to Zach Montellaro of the National Journal, the advent of ad blocking software – low-cost or, in some cases, free – puts the industry in…

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Alan Grayson accuses David Jolly of wanting to “dismantle” the V.A.

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Florida Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson has sent a mass e-mail to supporters, asking them to sign a petition denouncing GOP Senate candidate David Jolly for proposing to dismantle the Department of Veteran Affairs. “Say you won’t let him dishonor our veterans like this by adding your name to our petition right now,” the statement says, calling on those who sign the petition to list their name, email address and postal code. On a Boston radio program last week, Jolly, a Pinellas…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.1.15 — Will Reince Preibus have the guts to change the GOP presidential primary schedule?

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Since I’ve been following politics, it’s been a common complaint to question why the two major political parties have allowed two relatively homogenous states like Iowa and New Hampshire to have such an outsized influence in choosing our presidential nominees. And over the past three presidential cycles, invariably there’s been “serious” proposals floated to change the cycle, though also, invariably, inertia allows the status quo to remain in place. But Reince Priebus says this time he’s serious. The Republican National Committee chairman said this…

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DNC blasts Jeb Bush for ‘unspeakably vulgar’ comment on ‘anchor babies’

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Jeb Bush is feeling the heat of Donald Trump‘s unexpected dominance in the GOP race for president. Although the former Florida governor has said that the immigration proposals released by Trump earlier this week, which include calling for an end to birthright citizenship — simply aren’t practical, he used the derogatory term “anchor babies” when speaking about it on a nationally syndicated radio show on Wednesday. “If there’s abuse, if people are bringing — pregnant women are coming in to…

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