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Today on Context Florida: Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, just asked Tony Parker, the RNC treasurer, to get in touch with Linda Cunningham. Yeah, he did. She got the letter in the mail this week. Had a handwritten note from Tony himself, promising that if Cunningham would send him a pledge for $35-$50, he’d personally tell good old Reince that she anteed up the dough. Tony made it really easy; included a charge card form and all. He…

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Carly Fiorina calls debate process “broken” after learning she’s shut out of Saturday night forum

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With Rand Paul dropping out of the GOP presidential race, the field is winnowing out. That doesn’t mean that the rest of the 10-person field gets to stand on one debate stage this Saturday night. Although ABC, the debate sponsor, says they haven’t yet announced the lineup of candidates, Carly Fiorina says she has learned she won’t be invited – and she’s not pleased about that. “Our debate process is broken,” the only female Republican candidate writes to Party Chair Reince Priebus…

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‘Tis the season for dreams of a brokered political convention

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‘Tis the season — no, not THAT season. It’s that point in the presidential election cycle when speculation starts swirling that the primaries won’t produce a clear winner and one of the parties’ big nominating conventions will dissolve in chaos. This time, it’s the Republican side of the race that’s looking particularly unsettled. After a crazy year in which Donald Trump‘s ability to stay on top in a supersized pack has repeatedly confounded the conventional wisdom, the what-if chatter is…

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Ben Carson threatens to leave Republican Party

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In what would be a nightmare scenario for the GOP, presidential candidate Ben Carson threatened Friday to leave the Republican Party amid reports of deepening concerns from GOP officials about the splintered 2016 electorate. The retired neurosurgeon lashed out at Republican leaders who discussed the possibility of a “brokered convention” during a recent private dinner in Washington. The Washington Post first reported Thursday that the group, including Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, addressed…

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Rivals unmoved by Ben Carson’s complaints on scrutiny of his bio

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Ben Carson says it’s time to move on from questions about the accuracy of his life story. But Tuesday’s Republican debate makes that unlikely, and some of his GOP rivals say such scrutiny is part of running for president. The retired neurosurgeon said Sunday that questions about discrepancies in his autobiography are distractions from “much more important” matters facing the country and that he’d discuss any “real” scandal uncovered about his past. He strongly disputed any dishonesty or wrongdoing. “Every…

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GOP suspends partnership with NBC News for February debate

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The Republican National Committee says it’s suspending its partnership with NBC News and its properties and won’t allow the network to co-host a presidential primary debate scheduled for February. The letter from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to NBC News chief Andrew Lack comes after this week’s heavily criticized debate on CNBC. Priebus says the CNBC debate did not focus on economic issues as promised, and that candidates were asked questions that “were inaccurate or downright offensive.” NBC News, in a…

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RNC responds to Joe Biden announcement

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Now that Vice President Joe Biden has bowed out of the 2016 presidential race, Republicans are lamenting the loss of what could have been a stumbling block for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. In a statement released Wednesday, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus said Biden’s decision not to enter the 2016 race is a “major blow for Democrats,” who will now almost certainly be “saddled with their unpopular and scandal-plagued” Clinton. “Vice President Biden was the most formidable general…

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