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David Jolly touts “Freedom Card” VA plan, takes swipe at Hillary Clinton

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly took his campaign for the Senate on the road Monday. Speaking with Boston Herald Radio, the Clearwater Republican urged members of Congress to get behind his so-called “Freedom Card” legislation to ease the path of military veterans seeking care from the Department of Veterans Affairs which has been beset by widespread reports of long wait times and dysfunction across the nation. Jolly responded to a recent remark by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who reportedly said…

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Patrick Murphy for Senate hires Jeff Branch as political director

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s campaign for U.S. Senate has again dipped its cup into the Florida Democratic Party’s talent pool, announcing the hiring of Jeff Branch as political director Wednesday. Branch, who aided the state party in a similar capacity with an emphasis on minority outreach until now, will lead the Murphy camp’s statewide efforts to solidify support among elected officials and grassroots leaders. “I’m honored and excited to be joining Representative Murphy’s winning team,” Branch said Wednesday. “In Congress, Patrick has…

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Gwen Graham will soon reveal her 2016 intentions

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Down deep, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may already know whether she will run for re-election next year. With the Florida House and Senate in agreement on the new look of her District 2 and Corrine Brown’s District 5, the writing (or map) appears to be on the wall. Graham is doing the right thing by waiting until the court makes it official. Barring something totally unforeseen, a good chunk of her Democratic support in Tallahassee, Leon County and all of…

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Patrick Murphy picks up endorsement from left-leaning group End Citizens United

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Liberal public interest group End Citizens United endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. The group – founded to fight against “dark money in politics” which they say is corrupting the federal government in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC – says that The move flouts the conventional wisdom – and the narrative advanced by fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson – that Grayson is the only “real” Democrat in the race to…

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Ron DeSantis touts RedState, disses Alan Grayson

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The always active Ron DeSantis for Senate press shop was working again on Monday, promoting the Ponte Vedra Republican’s appearance at Erick Erickson’s Red State Gathering (where he was endorsed for Senate by the conservative commentator), then dissing Democratic Senate candidate and fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in emails. During his Red State speech, DeSantis said a number of things that his outreach operation thought noteworthy, such as his assertion that “the Democrats, really have no interest, at all, in being good stewards of our American…

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Todd Wilcox says Republican voters in Florida (will) like what he has to offer

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Orlando-based entrepreneur Todd Wilcox says that it was around April of last year that he first thought about the possibilities of running for U.S. Senate, a considerable feat to undertake for a lifelong nonpolitician in the nation’s third-largest state. He didn’t go into exploratory mode until this past April, though, after  Marco Rubio made it official that he wouldn’t be running for re-election to his seat, and the presumptive GOP front-runner to replace him, Jeff Atwater, stunned the Florida political world…

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Email insights: Republicans scared of Susannah Randolph?

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The progressive Orlando-based Randolph political machine cranked up Monday afternoon, circulating an email that seeks to raise money off of recent attacks by a local conservative blogger. The missive — entitled “Who’s Afraid of Susannah Randolph?” after the Edward Albee classic — cites a post last week by Tea Partier Tom Tillison as a sign from enemy quarters that belies the candidate’s strength. “Of course, there was nothing new or novel about these conservative attacks,” said the post whose “From” line reads Scott Randolph,…

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