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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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RNC names three top Florida staffers

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The GOP is positioning itself in the Sunshine State, as the Republican National Committee fills a trio of top Florida positions ahead of 2016. The Tampa Bay Times reports the RNC announced on Thursday that Brian Barrett will be the new state director; Alex Garcia will become deputy state director and lead Hispanic initiatives, and Ben Shankle will head data direction. “The RNC is building the largest, earliest and most data-focused field program in GOP history,” RNC Chair Reince Priebus said in a statement. “This new wave…

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As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

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Worried about “Republican-on-Republican violence,” top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether. Foster Friess, a Wyoming-based investor and one of the party’s top 20 donors in the last presidential contest, issued a letter to 16 White House prospects and the Republican National Committee late last week calling for candidates to stay on the “civility reservation.” “Our candidates will benefit…

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10’s a crowd? GOP prepares for double digits on debate stage

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The first Republican presidential debate will feature no fewer than 10 candidates. That’s according to guidelines released Wednesday by debate hosts Fox News and Facebook, which offer the first clues as to how the GOP will handle its largest presidential class in recent memory. Party officials have been working privately in recent weeks to prevent its first debate in August from becoming a nationally televised circus, while lesser-known candidates have been lobbying for access. Only announced candidates will be allowed…

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GOP wrestling with too many ’16 prospects for a TV debate

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Never have more than 10 candidates taken the stage for a televised Republican presidential debate. Wish the GOP luck in trying to keep it that way. With the party’s first debate set for August, Republicans must decide to either allow what could become a nationally televised circus act, or figure out how to fairly whittle down a field likely to include eight current or former governors, four senators, two accomplished business executives and a renowned neurosurgeon. More than a half-dozen…

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