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Marco Rubio’s Gary Hart moment? David Jolly and Will Weatherford, both wrong but right

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Gauging by the traffic on SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, and ContextFlorida.com, as well as the open rates for our morning email, Sunburn, the past two weeks have been the busiest time in Sunshine State politics since last year’s election. Even the weekends have been hectic: Last Saturday saw Jeff Atwater announce that he was not running for the U.S. Senate, while Sunday was when Hillary Clinton surprised no one with her decision to run for president. With so much going on, it’s…

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New poll shows Marco Rubio tied with Jeb Bush in Florida

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What a difference a well-publicized announcement can make. For the first time this year, Marco Rubio is tied with Jeb Bush in a presidential poll in Florida. A Mason-Dixon survey released overnight shows Rubio with 31 percent support from Republicans, with Bush at 30 percent. The poll of 400 Floridians was taken Tuesday through Thursday and reported exclusively today by Politico’s Marc Caputo. Rubio has dominated media coverage this week, undoubtedly helping his poll numbers. He’s done interviews with many major…

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Jeb Bush: Campaign decision “in relatively short order”

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Jeb Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind “in relatively short order” whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The former Florida governor will be in New Hampshire this weekend to speak at town hall-style meetings at two businesses and at a GOP event. He will also attend a night event called Politics and Pies and a morning event called Politics and Eggs, he said. “Typical day in New Hampshire, apparently,” Bush told reporters Thursday…

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Former Jeb Bush health care czar says he’d expand Medicaid coverage

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Jeb Bush‘s former health care czar said Florida should take the Medicaid expansion dollars to provide health care access to the poor. However, in a FaceBook post former Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Alan Levine also said he thought the federal government was “overplaying its hand in Florida” by threatening to end the supplemental Medicaid funding known as Low Income Pool, or LIP, if the state doesn’t expand Medicaid as envisioned in the federal health care law. He also…

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New PPP survey shows Jeb Bush in trouble in New Hampshire

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A new poll published by Public Policy Polling shows Florida Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio need to do a lot of work to become competitive in New Hampshire, the site of the first Republican Presidential Primary election next January. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is looking very strong, leading with 24 percent support. That’s 10 percentage points higher than the second-place Republican, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. And what’s most impressive is that Walker was only at 3 percent when PPP surveyed New…

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Today on Context Florida: Marco Rubio’s aspirations, should Jeb step aside and Rigged to Fail

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Today on Context Florida: In the political hothouse that is Florida, Jack Stevenson says the number of people who actually believe that Marco Rubio would be a better president of the United States than Jeb Bush would fit into, well, Freedom Hall in Miami. Nevertheless, the political cognoscenti who fear Marco’s presidential candidacy is just the opening gambit in a run for governor in 2018, a race he might actually be able to win, would fill a much larger venue. Little…

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Could Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush become strongest Florida candidates in history?

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In nearly two centuries, Florida went without creating so much as a ripple with White House contenders. For the 2016 presidential race, that could change dramatically, as the Sunshine State faces the unique status of fielding not one, but two bona fide candidates – Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. As Rubio launched his presidential campaign Monday, and as Bush inches closer to a run with his fundraising/exploratory phase, Florida is primed to cast the biggest shadow ever with its homegrown presidential hopefuls.…

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