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Charlie Crist maintains centrist persona at Clearwater town hall

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Congressman Charlie Crist isn’t likely to join the growing group of Democrats signing on to legislation to bring a single-payer health care system to America, nor is he prone to changing his mind regarding his opposition to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. Those were a couple of revelations the St. Petersburg Democrat dropped during a town-hall meeting Friday at the St. Petersburg Florida Clearwater Arts Auditorium on Friday.

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Florida GOP operative, blogger teams up with Guccifer 2.0 for hacking dump

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Political hacking wasn’t limited to just the Democratic National Committee in 2016; Florida was also part of the act. Last year, a Republican political operative and part-time blogger from Florida asked for and received an extensive list of stolen data from Guccifer 2.0, the infamous hacker known for leaking documents from the DNC computer network. The Wall Street Journal reported that Aaron Nevins, a former aide to Republican state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, had reached out to Guccifer through Twitter, asking…

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Floridians for Government Accountability launches mail campaign targeting Anitere Flores over AOB

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Floridians for Government Accountability is launching a direct mail campaign targeting Sen. Anitere Flores over insurance premiums. The direct mail campaign comes about a week after the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial that indicated Flores, the chairwoman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, would be to blame if insurance rates increased. “Paying too much for insurance? The Wall Street Journal says Flores is at fault,” reads one side of the mailer. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee last…

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With Melissa McCarthy playing Sean Spicer, ‘SNL’ cranks up Donald Trump satire

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Melissa McCarthy lampooned White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch where she taunted reporters as “losers,” fired a water gun at the press corps and even used the lectern to ram a Wall Street Journal journalist. “SNL” opened with Alec Baldwin reprising his President Donald Trump and phoning foreign leaders with chief strategist Stephen Bannon by his side. Bannon, with hood and scythe, was portrayed as the grim reaper. He nodded affirmatively after the successive…

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Hillsborough GOP Chair Deb Tamargo says media strays on covering presidential race because of “sexier” issues

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While some Republicans are jumping off the Donald Trump train with just four weeks until Election Day, Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Chair Deb Tamargo says the calls coming into her office on Monday supported the GOP presidential nominee, and were critical of Paul Ryan. The Speaker of the House told Congressional Republicans Monday they should feel free to stop supporting Trump if they felt it would improve their electoral prospects. Although the conventional wisdom among political observers says Trump more than held his own in the second debate on Sunday night…

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Patrick Murphy accuses Marco Rubio of ‘cowardice’ for not standing up to Donald Trump

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Marco Rubio issued a tweet Friday night condemning Donald Trump for his sexually lewd comments that surfaced from a 2005 video, but that’s not good enough for Patrick Murphy, his Democratic opponent in next month’s U.S. Senate race in Florida. “Florida women and families deserve better than a tweet,” Murphy said on a conference call Monday morning. “We’ve seen Marco Rubio play this game before, through the months of Donald Trump demonizing immigrants and Muslims, attacking a Gold Star family, or lodging racist or misogynist attacks, Marco Rubio…

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Influx of white seniors could keep Florida in play for Donald Trump

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Florida’s shifting demographics could keep the state in play for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, as an influx of white retirees could offset any Democratic gains in the state’s growing minority population. As Arian Campo-Flores and Paul Overberg report in The Wall Street Journal: “Fast-growing minority communities give Democrats an increasing advantage in Florida, one of the most heated battlegrounds in the presidential election.” However, an underreported demographic trend could keep the state competitive for Trump: a new influx of…

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