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Marco Rubio floats trial balloon on tax reform at donor meeting

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In a conservative donors preview last weekend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio unveiled a tax reform plan he intends to introduce soon with Utah Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee. The Florida senator, who has indicated he will likely run for president rather than  for re-election to the U.S. Senate, told attendees at the Club for Growth meeting his agenda: to pass an alternative to Obamacare, close the Export-Import Bank and eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. According to POLITICO’s James Hohmann,…

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Marco Rubio raising money with Colorado’s Jane Norton, Penn’s Pat Toomey

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Colorado Senate candidate Jane Norton announced Wednesday that she plans to host a fundraiser with Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio and Pennsylvania candidate Pat Toomey. Norton is locked in a close race for the GOP nomination with Weld County DA Ken Buck. A spokesman told the Denver Post that the event is an effort to bolster Norton’s credentials as “a conservative, surrounding herself with conservatives, and will govern as a conservative.” Buck, who had little name recognition before the campaign began,…

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Marco Rubio raising money with Colorado’s Jane Norton, Penn’s Pat Toomey

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Colorado Senate candidate Jane Norton announced Wednesday that she plans to host a fundraiser with Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio and Pensylvania candidate Pat Toomey. Norton is locked in a close race for the GOP nomination with Weld County DA Ken Buck. A spokesman told the Denver Post that the event is an effort to make bolster Norton’s credentials as “a conservative, surrounding herself with conservatives, and will govern as a conservative.” Buck, who had little name recognition before the campaign…

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Marco Rubio enters into joint fundraising committee with six other U.S. Senate candidates, including Rob Portman and Pat Toomey

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Marco Rubio will be one of seven U.S. Senate candidates benefit ting from a fundraiser by New York hedge-funder Paul Singer. What’s really interesting is that fundraiser is being held under the umbrella of the U.S. Senate Victory Committee, which was recently organized as a joint fundraising committee that will distribute funds to the seven Republicans who were identified on Federal Election Commission paperwork as participants in the venture. They are Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), a former state Attorney General; Rep.…

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Jim DeMint backs Marco Rubio

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Conservative Sen. Jim DeMint’s backing of Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race is the latest salvo in an internal Republican struggle over who will lead the way in salvaging the GOP’s damaged brand. On Tuesday, the South Carolina Republican will endorse Rubio, a 38-year-old former state House speaker, bucking the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s endorsement of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a moderate who has periodically found himself at odds with right-wing elements of his party. National Republicans argue that…

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Washington Examiner: Conservative rebellion against Washington GOP establishment heating up

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From Mark Scott, editor of the Washington Examiner’s Editorial Page: Things really came to a head when the NRSC’s chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to succeed the retiring Sen. Mel Martinez. Crist actively supported President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, and has signed multiple tax hikes. Cornyn’s endorsement came despite the well-known plans of popular conservative Marco Rubio, the dynamic young speaker of the Florida House, to seek the Martinez seat. An interncecine war between…

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Human Events: Would Charlie Crist Pick Up Where Arlen Specter Left Off?

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A must read article from Human Events editor John Gizzi begins with a provacative statement: “You guys will be wishing you had [Martinez] back after a year of Charlie in the Senate.” That’s what a prominent Florida Republican told me in March, as rumors mounted that the Sunshine State’s Gov. Charlie Crist would run for the seat of fellow Republican and retiring Sen. Mel Martinez. It is well-known that conservatives had a problem with Martinez, whose strong support of “comprehensive…

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