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Dennis Ross ‘sick of excuses’ for ACA repeal and replace failure

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A day after an attempt by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act crashed and burned, Lakeland GOP Congressman Dennis Ross blasted members of his own party, saying he’s “sick of the excuses.” “The Senate has failed the American people and abandoned voters who were promised that they would repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare. The House did its job. We honored our pledge and passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in early May. There is no need to…

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Kathy Castor says now is the time for GOP and Democrats to come together and repair healthcare

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor is breathing a sigh of relief now that the GOP-Senate led repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act has blown up in spectacular fashion. On Monday night two Senate Republicans – Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, came out in opposition to the bill, leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of those needed to start debate on the measure. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to declare that he hoped…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.14.16 – Patrick Murphy on defense, again

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Political maxim #459 is “if you’re explaining, you’re losing.” Let’s go to Patrick Murphy and his campaign for senate, shall we? The Murphy camp is furiously shooting down a report by Alex Leary in the Tampa Bay Times published last night that said that his congressional office sought to delay news about relief for businesses affected by the toxic algae crisis so he could announce it at a news conference today. Leary reported that an exchange of emails between Murphy’s office and the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.16.16 – How does Bernie Sanders move on from here?

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We’ll save you our post-mortems about Marco Rubio‘s failed candidacy for the presidency, since you can find them all over the web this morning. We wrote last week how startled we were about the lack of support in his own state, and that was before Alex Leary‘s devastating portrayal in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times.  A notable thing about Rubio – his inability to raise a lot of money. Though it’s become chic this year to say that money doesn’t matter as much…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.31.15 — Whose lives matter?

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Greetings from the Extended Stay America motel in Fort Lauderdale, just a few blocks from the Fort Lauderdale/Broward CountyConvention Center. That’s where three of the Democrats running for president: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley — will be addressing the thousands gathered at the National Urban League’s annual meeting. The event comes a couple of weeks after Sanders and O’Malley were bum-rushed by some #BlackLivesMatter activists at the NetRoots Nation conference in Phoenix, causing some tension between the establishment…

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Now that Charlie Crist has hired second Michael Bloomberg staffer for major role in his campaign, is Times’ Adam Smith ready to admit he was wrong?

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Oh, the love-to-hate affair I have with the Times‘ Adam Smith! On one hand, I readily admit that he is the straw that stirs Florida’s political coverage.  On the other hand, he sure can be a stubborn son of a bitch, trapped in the trappings of old world journalism which dictates that if it isn’t said to a reporter’s favored sources, well, then, dammit, it just didn’t happen. Back in May, I wrote about the secret negotiations taking place between…

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Now that Charlie Crist has hired second Michael Bloomberg staffer for major role in his campaign, is Times’ Adam Smith ready to admit he was wrong?

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Oh, the love-to-hate affair I have with the Times‘ Adam Smith! On one hand, I readily admit that he is the straw that stirs Florida’s political coverage.  On the other hand, he sure can be a stubborn son of a bitch, trapped in the trappings of old world journalism, which dictates that if it isn’t said to a reporter’s favored sources, well, then, dammit, it just didn’t happen. Back in May, I wrote about the secret negotiations taking place between…

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