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Patrick Murphy responds to Club for Growth pro-Alan Grayson ad, says GOP is ‘afraid’

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A new digital ad from the Club for Growth applauds liberal Alan Grayson, while panning fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy, over each lawmaker’s position on the Export-Import Bank of the United States. According to a statement, the group will begin airing the ad statewide on MSNBC and other channels accross Florida, the third phase of a $1 million media campaign that includes digital ads. The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the nation’s official export credit agency. As an independent, self-sustaining…

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Hotline: How much will move cost Charlie Crist?

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From Hotline: FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is contemplating his political future this week as he decides whether to run for Sen. George LeMieux‘s (R) seat as an independent. But he also should be contemplating just how much it’s going to cost him. Crist has benefitted from several strong fundraising quarters, but conservative bloggers and activists have vowed to make a potential independent bid hurt his bank account. And he should take note: Those same activists helped cost Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) more…

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Club for Growth officially announces plan for refund effort in case of Crist party switch

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The Buzz warned us yesterday that the Club for Growth would mobilize to demand that Charlie Crist refund donation if, as expected, he drops out of the GOP primary and runs for the U.S. Senate as an Independent.  Well, now the Club for Growth has shown its hand, announcing via a press release today: The Club for Growth PAC today announced it is planning to lead a campaign contribution refund effort in the event Florida Governor Charlie Crist leaves the…

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Charlie Crist vs. Marco Rubio a proxy for Club for Growth vs. Tea Party

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From the Frum Forum’s Steve Bell: One thing political parties and partisans seem never to learn: the purer you are, the more you lose. The divisions of Red and Green parties in ancient Rome, where heads literally rolled, have manifested themselves in the blog beheadings by the two greatest proponents of purity in American politics today: the “progressive” left of the Democratic Party and the “purifier” forces in the Republican Party. So far, the great achievements of these two forces…

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Marco Rubio would repeal health-care reform

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U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio said today he’d support legislation to repeal any health-care reform plan that may pass this year. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has signed on to the conservative Club for Growth’s “Repeal It!” campaign, an effort that would seek to undo any health-care bill passed by Democrats in Congress. Rubio, who is challenging Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican nomination, says the proposed health-care bill runs “contrary to the principles of limited government that have…

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Not a good day for Charlie Crist: continuing coverage of Jim Greer’s resignation

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Normally, you’d need to be a Florida politics junky to care that the Chairman of the Florida GOP, Jim Greer, resigned his office yesterday. But this is an ominous sign for Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate primary and another sign of right-wing power in the nationwide GOP battle between moderates and the Tea Party/Club for Growth right. This one’s a big deal. Update – 5:50 p.m. – Former House Speaker Bense said Wednesday he planned to fill in for…

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Not a good day for Charlie Crist: continuing coverage of Jim Greer’s resignation

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Normally, you’d need to be a Florida politics junky to care that the Chairman of the Florida GOP, Jim Greer, resigned his office yesterday. But this is an ominous sign for Charlie Crist in the Florida senate primary and another sign of right-wing power in the nationwide GOP battle between moderates and the Tea Party/Club for Growth right. This one’s a big deal. Update – 5:50 p.m. – Former House Speaker Bense said Wednesday he planned to fill in for…

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