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Early votes: High interest buoys Hillary Clinton in key states

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More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide. Clinton may also benefit from an increase in ballot requests in Georgia, a traditionally Republican state where Democrats have made inroads. But Donald Trump is showing signs of strength in Iowa and parts of Maine, states won by Barack Obama in the last…

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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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AP Poll: Americans overwhelmingly view Donald Trump negatively

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For Americans of nearly every race, gender, political persuasion and location, disdain for Donald Trump runs deep, saddling the Republican front-runner with unprecedented unpopularity as he tries to overcome recent campaign setbacks. Seven in 10 people, including close to half of Republican voters, have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. It’s an opinion shared by majorities of men and women; young and old; conservatives, moderates and liberals; and whites, Hispanics and blacks — a…

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Pew Research: Here come Asian immigrants, Millennials and unaffiliated voters

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Huge immigration over the past 40 years have made Hispanics America’s largest minority group but the next wave is Asian immigrants, and they will overtake Hispanic immigration in coming decades, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. What’s more, Millennials might already be the nation’s largest generation, surpassing Baby Boomers. Women breadwinners continue to be a rapidly-growing group in America. And whites, blacks, Christians and the middle class all will continue to lose share of the American population…

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WTSP: TPD, Bob Buckhorn say no need for further review on race arrest rates

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After calling for federal review of police practices in vehicle and bicycle code enforcement, both Tampa police and Mayor Bob Buckhorn insist there is no need to further expand an upcoming Justice Department investigation. This is despite a WTSP-TV report showing the Tampa Police Department arrested more blacks than any other law enforcement agency on Florida. According to reporter Noah Pransky, the TPD cites a “zero-tolerance” crime policy for its elevated arrest rates, and a correspondingly high arrest rate of non-black…

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Why Kendrick Meek needs to debate Jeff Greene

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Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry lays out the case for why Kendrick Meek should debate Jeff Greene.  And soon. An excerpt: Meek needs to debate Greene and [Maurice] Ferre soon.  Why? Because he’s currently mired in third place, well behind Republican Marco Rubio and former Republican Charlie Crist in the battle to become the next U.S. senator from Florida.  And there’s no indication in any way that he’ll soon break out of that third-place finish come November. Meek’s biggest problem had…

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New poll from AIF: Charlie Crist leading 33%-29%-15%, but there is no depth to support

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Mike Thomas reports: Charlie Crist is up by four points in a poll taken April 24-25 for the Associated Industries of Florida. But it’s all downhill from here, says pollster Jim McLaughlin. In the poll of 600 likely voters, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, Crist was favored by 33 percent of respondents. Marco Rubio was favored by 29 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek by 15 percent. The poll shows Crist taking more votes from Meek than Rubio. Crist actually does…

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