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Darryl Paulson: Should the Florida GOP feel blue?

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Florida’s Republican Party has governed Florida for less than a third of the past 150 years. After the Civil War, a coalition of newly enfranchised blacks, a small number of native white Republicans and northern carpetbaggers dominated Florida politics from 1865 to around 1885. After the blacks were stripped of their voting rights at the end of Reconstruction, the Republican Party ceased to be a political force. By 1900, more than 90 percent of black voters were dropped from the…

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Hillary Clinton campaign out with its own ‘Daisy’ ad

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  Hillary Clinton is out with a new ad, featuring a familiar theme. The Clinton campaign released a new advertisement Monday, featuring Monique Lutz, the girl in the famous 1964 “Daisy” ad. The 30-second spot features clips of newscasters talking about whether Republican Donald Trump should be allowed to have access to the nuclear codes. The advertisement is meant to harken back to to the 1964 ad, which featured Lutz standing in a meadow picking off petals of a daisy,…

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In St. Petersburg, Hillary Clinton celebrates small businesses and trashes Donald Trump’s economic plan

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Hillary Clinton painted an optimistic future about the American economy on Monday afternoon in St. Petersburg, celebrating small businesses by first visiting a local brewery and then saying what she would do to help them and the rest of the country at a speech at the Coliseum. The Democratic presidential nominee’s first stop was at 3 Daughters Brewing in South St. Pete, where she praised the owners, Mike and Leigh Harting, for taking the risk of starting up their own company a few years ago. “They said to me…

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Darryl Paulson: White knight refuses to be dark horse

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Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate and the current Speaker of the House, ended the speculation that he would be the white knight who would save the party from Donald Trump. The white knight refused to become the GOP dark horse. “Let me be clear,” said Ryan in his brief address at Republican National Committee headquarters, “I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination of our party.” Not only did Ryan reject any nomination,…

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Today on Context Florida: Revisiting the Daisy ad, Tallahassee Takeaways, political ads and idiocy in full Florida bloom

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman asks if it’s time to resurrect the Daisy ad. For those unfamiliar with it, the Daisy ad is considered the most effective political spot ever filmed. The spot begins with a precious little girl pulling petals from a flower, counting them imperfectly. It segues to a man’s harsh voice counting down from 10. The child’s face dissolves into the hideous sight and sound of an H-bomb test. “These are the stakes,” says another voice —…

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Will Florida continue its 50-year streak of choosing the GOP nominee?

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Five delegate-rich states are casting ballots today in Republican primaries. If history is any indication, Florida is poised in 2016 to continue its long-running streak as the state which chooses the Republican Party nominee. Crunching the numbers, a Smart Politics analysis found Florida is one of just three states that backed the eventual Republican nominee in every presidential election cycle since 1956. The other two are Illinois and Kentucky. States voting on “Super Tuesday redux” are in the Midwest (Illinois,…

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Rick Scott signs bill to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith statue in Washington

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A bill to remove and replace a statue of a Confederate army general is one of more than two dozen bills signed into law Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill (SB 310), which calls on the Department of State to select a prominent Floridian to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. The move to take down the statue came after renewed debate about Confederate symbols, including its battle flag. The law…

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