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Sunburn for 10.05.16 – Havoc

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. HURRICANE MATTHEW PLAYS HAVOC WITH FLORIDA POLITICS Hurricane Matthew’s wind and rain might impact Florida later this week, but the effects of the storm are already being felt on the campaign trail. A Doral fundraiser for Donald Trump? Canceled. A rally for Hillary Clinton in Miami Gardens? Postponed. Senate hopefuls have scaled back their schedules, and a leading business group called off…

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Weekend read: Herding angry elephants

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Ronald Reagan lost his temper and he was angry.  It’s the only time I can remember seeing “The Gipper” lose it. It was a 1980 primary debate in New Hampshire.  Reagan’s campaign sponsored the debate, but George H.W. Bush, upon learning that Reagan had invited lesser candidates, refused to participate. At this point, the editor of the Nashua Telegraph, ordered the sound man to shut off Reagan’s microphone.  A very angry Reagan responded famously, “I’m paying for this microphone, Mr.…

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Op-ed: GOP must reboot capitalism to work for America

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Last year’s election made me think about the1970’s popular TV sitcom, The Jeffersons.  The show was predicated on George Jefferson who started a dry-cleaning business in Harlem and wound up owning the largest chain of dry-cleaning stores in New York City.   Jefferson became very affluent and as the inspiring theme song announced, “We’re moving on up to the East Side…we finally got a piece of the pie.”  What I liked about the sitcom was its implied message then and now: …

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Charlie Crist could lose by a hare

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Undeclared candidate Charlie Crist is riding a wave of daily media coverage, positively speculating on his eventual run as a freshly minted Democrat who is ready to claim victory over the unpopular, unlikeable and unfavorable incumbent, Rick Scott.  A recent Quinnipiac poll has Crist with a 10 point lead over Scott in the race for Governor.  That’s impressive given he hasn’t raised or spent an official dime campaigning.  It gets better for Crist when you factor in the financial backing…

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