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Citizinvestor’s Tony DeSisto takes on new challenge, launches Simple Greek franchise

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Tony DeSisto, the Tampa-based civic activist, is rising to accept a new challenge — restaurateur. The co-founder of Citizinvestor, an online crowdfunding platform for public and community infrastructure projects, will open the first Florida franchise of The Simple Greek, an innovative fast-casual concept that seeks to transform the idea of a traditional Greek restaurant. Starting in mid-February, The Simple Greek – with a Chipotle-goes-to-Athens vibe – will be serving customers an interactive experience, using simple ordering (described as a “build-your-own assembly…

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Tom Jackson: If Donald Trump wanted to lose, what would he have done differently?

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So, Corey Lewandowski, the buzz-cut professional sycophant whose philosophy amounted to “let Trump be Trump,” is out as The Donald’s campaign frontman. And this changes what, exactly? As Edwin Starr sang, “Absolutely nuthin’!” (Say it again, y’all.) That’s right. While Lewandowski portrayed the thuggery of a crime lord’s hired muscle — hard-knuckled Toots to Johnny Rocco in “Key Largo” — and his forced exit was both overdue and celebrated, the original problem remains. Everything wrong with the presumptive Republican nominee’s…

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Rick Scott: ‘This election is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’

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Rick Scott once again urged Republicans to put an end to a movement to stop Donald Trump, telling CNBC anchors the only thing it was doing was helping Democrats. “This election is between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is going to be very close to or at 1,237 (delegates). We have to stop trying to stop Trump, all that’s doing is helping Hillary,” the Florida governor said during an interview on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” “We’ve got to focus…

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In NH speech, Marco Rubio once again calls Hillary Clinton a liar for her comments on Benghazi

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Rubio blasted Hillary Clinton in a speech in New Hampshire early Monday, going as far as calling for the former secretary of state not only incompetent, but a liar. “While she was leading the public and the families of the fallen to believe the attack in Benghazi happened because of a YouTube video, we now know she was admitting in private emails that it was the result of terrorism,” Rubio said while addressing an American Legion audience in Hooksett, New Hampshire.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.12.15 — Does the DNC want anyone to watch their debates?

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Overnight returns give Fox Business Network’s prime-time GOP presidential debate showing a 8.9 rating among households and 13.5 million viewers in prime-time. That’s just shy of the 9.5 rating and 14 million viewers earned by CNBC’s recent coverage for the third. And while it’s not nearly as large as the gaudy ratings numbers that Fox and CNN reaped this summer (24 million and 23 million. respectively), it should be noted that the Fox Business Network is in a lot less…

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Tonight’s GOP debate puts Fox Business moderators in spotlight

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Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, one of the moderators for Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, says that while she wants to help viewers understand the differences between candidates, she’s not looking to start brawls. The fourth GOP debate — and first since a CNBC session left candidates grumbling about the journalists asking questions — takes place Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Bartiromo, FBN’s Neil Cavuto and Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker will guide the two-hour discussion starting at 9 p.m. EDT.…

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Salt Shaker Test applied to recent Viewpoint Florida polling

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When two highly regarded Florida-based firms join forces for research into voter attitudes, we have little choice but to take them and their findings seriously. In the case of Viewpoint Florida, two of Florida’s top-tier firms – Data Targeting (Pat Bainter and co.) and Public Concepts (Randy Nielsen and Rich Johnson) – have collaborated to “study and publish opinion data … important to all Floridians.” This week they released a poll of “likely Republican Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) voters in…

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