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Kathy Castor weighs in (sort of) on abortion as Democratic litmus test

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California Gov. Jerry Brown believes the deciding factor for Democratic candidates should be intelligence, suggesting that as a litmus test, abortion would not be helpful nationwide. “The litmus test should be intelligence, caring about, as Harry Truman or Roosevelt used to call it, the common man,” Brown NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet The Press over the weekend. “We’re not going to get everybody on board. And I’m sorry but running in San Francisco is not like running in Tulare County or Modoc, California,…

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Charlie Crist, Brian Mast among The Hill’s ’10 freshman to watch’ in Congress

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Three Florida freshman are among the “freshmen to watch” in the 115th Congress. On Monday, The Hill unveiled its list of “10 freshmen to watch in the new Congress.” According to The Hill, seven new senators and 55 new House members — including 10 from Florida — will take the oath of office on Jan. 3. Newly elected Reps. Charlie Crist, Brian Mast and Stephanie Murphy were among the new members The Hill singled out. Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, unseated…

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Realtors join up with Kathy Castor to push for student debt reduction legislation

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With nearly 7 out of every 10 college graduates contending with a student debt topping more than $35,000, the immediate economic future of our best and brightest has never been hazier. But they’re not the only ones hurting. Take realtors, for example. That was the message that came out of a news conference held Monday at the Greater Realtors Association in Tampa. “When they try to qualify for a mortgage, that debt is thrown into the mix with any other debt that they would have,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.6.15 — Partying like it’s 1999

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Good morning, y’all, and welcome to the second half of 2015. So what do we have going on this morning? The biggest story in the world remains what happens in Greece, after the public overwhelmingly said yesterday that they don’t want more austerity regarding their financial situation. Last week the European Central Bank cut off access to more money, meaning Greek citizens have been limited to getting the equivalent of about $67 a day from their ATMs. What does the…

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Joe Lieberman still undecided about Florida Senate race

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Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) said Monday he is considering skipping any endorsement in the Connecticut and Florida Senate races, even after he was visited recently by Kendrick Meek. Lieberman told The Hill he was visited by Meek “a few weeks ago” and that the two had “a good conversation” but that he is still mulling whether to get involved in the Florida and Connecticut races. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a friend of Lieberman’s, is waging an independent bid for…

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The Hill: Corruption scandals are shaking up Florida Senate campaign

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From The Hill: Wednesday’s arrest of Florida’s former state Republican Party chairman is the latest incident that could tip the scales in the state’s three-way race for the Senate. A longtime friend and ally of Gov. Charlie Crist, former state GOP chairman Jim Greer was arrested at his Oviedo home on six felony charges connected to a money-laundering scheme during his four-year stint as chairman. Given Greer’s closeness with Crist, some believe the case is more likely to hurt Crist…

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Charlie Crist: the Tea Party is a ‘positive’

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The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing recently spoke with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist about the loneliness of his Independent Senate bid, his decision to keep his old party’s donations and the strength of the Tea Party movement. Here’s the latest installment: Crist has kind words about the Tea Party movement that has buoyed the Senate candidacy of his one-time GOP primary opponent, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, but he also notes that the movement’s strength has not really been tested yet. “It’s…

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