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Herald: Kendrick Meek scrambles to solidify backing in Senate race

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A must-read from Beth Reinhard on how Kendrick Meek’s shoe-leather campaign that collected 125,000 voter signatures hasn’t taken Meek farther than a distant third place in the polls, behind Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, and with Jeff Greene closing in. An excerpt: So five weeks before the primary, the Miami congressman finds himself shoring up support in his own back yard. His seven stops on Sunday included a gospel music-infused church in Lauderdale Lakes, a Miami union hall, and heavily…

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Notes from the Florida Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Joy Reid, last night’s recipient of the award for Best National blog, covered all of the angles at the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  It’s coverage like this that helped her win her award.  Her notes: Kendrick Meek brought a cheering section … Gelber and Aronberg played nice … and Alex Sink’s mike went rogue. And a good time was had by all at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. The Democratic faithful gathered at the Westin Diplomat hotel in Hallandale Beach…

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Actually, Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek, you did not ‘win’ the debate

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First and foremost, let me get me this off my chest: During a debate, Kendrick Meek should not be addresses as “Kendrick” as Jeff Greene did over and over again yesterday.  And Congressman Meek should definitely not be addressed as “Kendrick” with the kind of contempt Jeff Greene did not even attempt to contain.  As Republican consultant Rick Wilson tweeted yesterday: “Wow…the unspoken word in Greene’s statement was ‘boy’ “ Now that that is addressed, let’s deal with Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek’s…

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Actually, Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek, you did not ‘win’ the debate

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First and foremost, let me get this off my chest: During a debate, Kendrick Meek should not be addressed as “Kendrick” as Jeff Greene did over and over again yesterday.  And Congressman Meek should definitely not be addressed as “Kendrick” with the kind of contempt Jeff Greene did not even attempt to contain.  As Republican consultant Rick Wilson tweeted yesterday: “Wow…the unspoken word in Greene’s statement was ‘boy’ “ Now that that is addressed, let’s deal with Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek’s boast…

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Beth Reinhard, Brendan Farrington win Sunshine State Awards for coverage of race for US Senate

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Congratulations to Beth Reinhard and Brendan Farrington for their Sunshine State Awards recognizing their work covering the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. About Reinhard, the judges wrote: Reinhard’s tale of Gov. Charlie Crist’s nonstop U.S. Senate campaign gives readers a sense of what it is that makes the formidable Florida politician tick. Using a series of well-sourced, exquisitely detailed anecdotes, this compelling story imparts a sense of the urgency that fuels Crist’s 24-7 drive to raise money and influence voters through a personal,…

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Kendrick Meek friend aiding Jeff Greene

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From the Buzz: When he first announced his campaign for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek said he expected one of his top advisers would be longtime friend Marcus Jadotte, a savvy Florida strategist who served as deputy campaign manager for John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Turned out Jadotte never did much on Meek’s campaign and, to hear virtually every Democratic operative in Florida tell it, is now expected to help the Jeff Greene U.S. Senate campaign. Ouch. There’s no confirmation of a deal reached, though. Jadotte…

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Marco Rubio’s spending targeted in ethics complaint

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From Beth Reinhard: Former House Speaker Marco Rubio misspent donations to the Republican Party of Florida and his political committees “to subsidize his lifestyle,” according to a sweeping complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics. The complaint filed by Michael D. Ryan, 55, of Fort Lauderdale also says Rubio used his public office to get an unadvertised job at Florida International University at a time when the school was laying off faculty. Ryan described himself in an interview Tuesday…

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