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Where you at, Dan Ruth?

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Daniel Ruth was/is a great columnist. I still don’t understand why the Tampa Tribune let him go. I have to believe his dismissal had more to do with the Trib, than with Ruth. So it was welcome news when the St. Petersburg Times announced that it was poaching Ruth from the Tribune/unemployment line. Ruth’s once-a-week column is often funny, occasionally hilarious and always insightful. Daniel Ruth is a terrible blogger. I don’t know why he doesn’t pull down his all…

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Bump drafting the campaign gimmicks

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I rarely share an entire post from a fellow blogger, but Ben Kirby’s take on Kendrick Meek’s NASCAR sponsorship is must-read material (and keep in mind, this is Kirby’s first political post since his wife delivered their beautiful baby). Please click on his site to read the post in its entirety. Here are some excerpts. First of all, no one in Daytona supports Congressman Meek, despite his work on their behalf. They support Charlie Crist. According to opensecrets.org, an online…

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Marco, say it ain’t so! Rubio all but compares Barack Obama to Fidel Castro, then asks for Sarah Palin’s endorsement

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Like the proverbial sorority sister who “experimented” with kissing girls while an undergrad, I dabbled in Republican politics in my early 20s. Those were heady days: Newt Gingrich was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, among others, was infusing the GOP with compassionate conservatism and leaders like Jeb Bush towered over the political landscape. Heady days, indeed. Then the Recount happened and then W emerged and it wasn’t long before I returned to my Democratic…

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Mr. Kendrick Meek talks to Saint Petersblog

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The call came late Tuesday night. It was from Ana Cruz, the ultra-connected Tampa political consultant helping to direct Congressman Kendrick Meek’s campaign for the US Senate: Would I like to interview Meek for my blog, she asked. She already knew my answer would be a resounding ‘Yes’. I had been e-mailing back-and-forth with Kenneth Quinnell, the progressive blogger who is now leading Meek’s efforts to connect with new media. Congressman Meek would be in Tampa on Wednesday to open…

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Marco Rubio tweeks Charlie Crist over support of stimulus

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Marco Rubio twee(ks)ts in: “Florida unemployment now highest since 1975. The stimulus package my opponent supported is really working well, isn’t it?” As blogger Adam Graham points out, it sure doesn’t sound like Rubio is still considering leaving the race. If he was, he’d play nicer. But it still looks like he’s playing for keeps.

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