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Steve Schale: Notes on the weekend of early voting in Florida

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To: Everyone ready for this election to be over From: Steve Schale Re: The second-to-last Monday of 2016 election *8 days until the election. *12 days until FSU basketball tips off. *96 days until the Tallahassee Marathon. *1,232 days until the Florida Presidential Preference Primary. Before I begin, a quick sidebar with Florida Democrats: If you are reading this and haven’t voted, close your laptop or turn off your phone, and go vote. If you don’t know where to vote,…

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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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The witching hour is upon us. Ghosts and ghouls fill the streets. Zombies walk side-by-side with princesses and superheroes. Their mission the same: Spook and scare their neighbors in hopes of scoring enough candy to sustain them for the next year. Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.2 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. The annual survey expects consumers will spend an average of $82.93, up from $74.34 in 2015. The National Retail Federation predicts…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the fifth day of early voting in Florida

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To: FSU Fans, and the rest of America From: Steve Schale Re: 10 Days Out, and Clemson comes to Doak *1 day since Gus Bradley should have been fired *10 days until the election *14 days until FSU basketball tips off I apologize for the delay today. Before I wrote the first memo, I had a life planned for the last two weeks of the election. While that all changed, I did get up and run a half-marathon today. After…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the fourth day of early voting in Florida

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To: Fans of Florida From: Steve Schale, Exhausted and Disgusted Jaguars Fan Re: 11 Days Out *0 days until Gus Bradley is fired, God willing. *11 days until the election *15 days until FSU basketball tips off. Another poll showed Clinton with a three-point lead. This means that since Bloomberg declared Trump leading Florida, four polls have come out showing Hillary Clinton leading by three or four points. (By the way, don’t ask the Jaguars’ head coach what a lead…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the third day of early voting in Florida

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To: Fellow Data Nerds From: Steve Schale, #FloridaMan Re: Day Three of Early Voting *12 days until the election *16 days until FSU basketball tips off. Before we dive into the data, can I have a side conversation with the reporters reading this? Now, I get it, the national race for president is over, and there is a need to keep this race interesting. But the attention to that Bloomberg Poll yesterday is kind of nuts. Hillary Clinton has led…

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Florida GOP Chair Blaise Ingoglia says ‘shadow’ Donald Trump vote in Florida is real

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The conventional wisdom in Florida is that the Hillary Clinton campaign has created a much more robust infrastructure in the state compared to the Donald Trump campaign. There are now 82 Hillary For America/Florida Democratic Party field offices in the state, dozens more than the Trump campaign. Clinton and her allies have spent more than $50 million on television advertising, while Trump has spent around $30 million. But Blaise Ingoglia, the always-fiery Republican Party of Florida chair, disputes the notion that the…

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Is Oscar Braynon running the best Senate political operation in years?

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Democratic uber consultant (and frequent Uber customer) Steve Schale contends in a must-read, table-setting blog post about which Florida Senate races are worth watching that “Oscar Braynon is running the best Senate political operation I’ve seen in years.” Really? Technically, Schale is absolutely right. Braynon is running the best political shop in years because, when compared to previous Democratic efforts, O.B. looks like a black James Carville. Beyond Schale, there are other super-smart people in Tallahassee who think very highly of the Florida Democrats’ Senate political…

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