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Bob Buckhorn bashes Donald Trump’s vision for the economy

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Whatever one wants to say about Hillary Clinton, her campaign appears to be extremely disciplined in the Sunshine State. As the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was bashing Donald Trump’s economic record in a speech in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday, the campaign sent out its top Tampa Bay area surrogate, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, to join with a small-business man to denounce Trump’s plans — or lack thereof — for the economy. “Twitter is not an economic policy,” Buckhorn said in his beginning remarks. “I think…

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio, education bang-for-buck, unlikely alliances, OMG moments and the Salt Shaker Test

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio poses as a national security expert. Perhaps among the Republican contenders, he’s the closest thing they’ve got. In which case, Jac VerSteeg says, God help us all. A Washington Post story over the weekend indicates that Rubio’s interest in national security was just a pose from the beginning. As a rising star in the Florida House, Rubio lobbied hard for a spot on an elite committee to frame the state’s response to 9/11. Then, “He…

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Why the Quinnipiac poll spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E for Bernie Sanders

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As we noted in both salt shaker tests on the two recent Florida polls (Quinnipiac and AIF polls), the method used by Quinnipiac likely favors an outsider insurgent. Why is that? Quinnipiac asked randomly dialed Floridians to indicate first whether or not they were a registered voter, then which party they belonged to and then – this is the crux – whether or not they intended to vote. We know, with unquestioned certainty, that respondents exaggerate their propensity to vote.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.26.16 – New survey shows that Florida Dems aren’t feeling the Bern

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Although many pundits are pontificating that Marco Rubio‘s pummeling of Donald Trump in last night’s CNN/Telemundo/Salem Radio debate from Houston was entertaining, they still contend that it’s not going to matter on Super Tuesday or the subsequent elections to follow. We’re not so certain about that. If anything, Rubio’s “kitchen sink” opposition research dump against the New York City business mogul surely had to give second thoughts to the strongest Trump supporters out there, right? Trump was flustered in a way that he hasn’t…

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Salt Shaker Test: AIF poll says Donald Trump leads, but …

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It’s not every day that we get two similar polls from reputable pollsters. Yesterday was such a day! Early Thursday morning, we got one from Quinnipiac and then a few hours later, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) released a similar instrument with similar — but different — findings. What’s different? Notably, in the Q-Pac poll, Donald Trump leads by an eye-popping 16 points over Marco Rubio, while in the AIF poll, Trump still leads, but by a more manageable 7…

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Rick Scott floated as potential VP choice for Donald Trump

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On Monday, Rick Scott said he wasn’t ready to endorse in the Florida Presidential Primary election on March 15, but there are those who believe he might be leaning towards Donald Trump. That speculation was sparked last month, when Scott penned an op-ed in USA Today, a column in which he wrote very favorably about the New York City business mogul. I know Donald Trump personally, and while I currently have no plans to endorse a candidate before Florida’s March presidential primary, there…

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Marco Rubio moves into second place in latest national Quinnipiac poll

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Eleven months before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump is the undisputed leader in the Republican field, as Dr. Ben Carson, in a virtual tie with Trump four weeks ago, drops to third place, according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton widens her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders to 60 — 30 percent, compared to 53 — 35 percent in a November 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University…

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