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Darryl Paulson: Will 2018 bring no change or a political tsunami?

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Sometimes political change comes slowly, one drop at a time. That was the 2016 Florida congressional election where Democrats gained a single seat, although the opportunities were everywhere. Sometimes elections result in a political tsunami, where the political landscape is fundamentally altered, and one party replaces the other party as the dominant political force. The 2010 and 2014 midterm elections created a tsunami where Republicans wiped out a substantial Democratic majority and won political control of the House. What will…

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Clinton team sees recount effort as waste of resources

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Hillary Clinton’s aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes — just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states. The former Democratic presidential candidate and her close aides see the recount drive largely as a waste of resources, according to people close to Clinton. The effort is being fueled by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who’s formed an organization to try to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan…

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At Thanksgiving, three ways to trump politics

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According to front page stories everywhere, America is bracing for a tense holiday weekend. Our biggest seasonal challenge used to be arranging the place cards to keep Drunk Uncle’s hands away from Junior’s girlfriend. After years of practice, most families have survival strategies for annual airings of grievances over who Mom loves best. But is there enough Xanax in Grandma’s medicine cabinet to take the edge off the First Thanksgiving After Trump? Probably not, so here are some Hatfield &…

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Steve Schale: Florida 2016 in the rear view mirror

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Give any Florida strategist with statewide experience the following data points: by 7:15 p.m., the Democratic candidate has a 10-point lead in Hillsborough, a 100K vote lead in Orange, a 200K vote lead in both Dade and Broward early voting, and is ahead in Duval, and everyone would think the same thing: that Democratic candidate is going to win. Certainly, that is what I thought, and what everyone, R and D, who texted me around that time thought too. Back in October, I had looked at several different…

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Hillary Clinton looks to extend voter registration in Florida due to Matthew

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The Clinton campaign is calling on Florida officials to extend voter registration deadlines because of Hurricane Matthew. Voters in the state must register by Tuesday to be eligible to vote in the November election. Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said: “We would hope a little bit more time would be given.” Mook said the campaign is focused on ensuring the safety of residents and staff in affected states and will “get back to campaigning when it is appropriate.” The hurricane…

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Joe Henderson: Can America bridge the Great Divide?

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Pundits and political pros have been talking about the Great Divide among Americans, and we all know it is there. It always has been. People in a country this large and diverse are going to have different ways of looking at things, but we usually come together at some point and work out the problems. At least, that’s how it used to be. I’m starting to wonder, though, if those days are gone for good. For Exhibit A, I bring…

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Democratic advertising blitz awaits Donald Trump

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Long before Donald Trump swatted away his Republican presidential rivals, his likely Democratic opponent and her allies began laying traps for him. Priorities USA, the lead super PAC backing Hillary Clinton, has already reserved $91 million in television advertising that will start next month and continue through Election Day. In addition, Clinton’s campaign and Priorities USA have both debuted online videos that cast Trump in a negative light — a preview of what voters will see on TV over the next six…

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