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Conservatives welcome Donald Trump with delight – and wariness

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For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. This year, they’re learning reality can be complicated. With Donald Trump‘s presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any ideological principles. It’s an uneasy marriage of political convenience at best. Some conservatives worry whether they can trust their new…

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Analysis: No breakouts in GOP debate; muddled status quo

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Marco Rubio emerged unscathed. Ben Carson defended his integrity. Donald Trump flashed his dominant personality. And Jeb Bush avoided disaster. Mission accomplished. Aided by tentative questioning, the GOP’s top presidential candidates executed their strategies with little resistance in Tuesday night’s prime-time debate. Yet with no breakout moments — good or bad — the muddled status quo continues in the Republican Party’s unruly 2016 contest, with time running out to change voters’ minds heading into the holiday season. That’s good news…

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David Jolly honored as Statesman of the Year by Young Republican groups

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The Young Floridians for Opportunity and the Pinellas County Young Republicans are honoring U.S. Rep. David Jolly as the second annual Statesman of the Year. The award ceremony and dinner will be held at the Feather Sound Country Club on Saturday, August 22. The event begins at 6 p.m., but there is a VIP reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the ceremony can be purchased for $75 for members or $100 for non-members. VIP tickets are $100 for members and $175…

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Darryl Paulson on the zenith of Donald Trump

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Here are two critical points concerning Donald Trump. First, he is barely a Republican. Second, he is certainly not a conservative. It is obvious that Trump is leading the field of 17 Republican candidates. His support in four recent polls all had Trump in first place, ranging from a low of 21 percent in the Bloomberg poll to 26 percent in both the Fox poll and the Monmouth University poll. That’s the good news for Trump. The bad news is…

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Study: Conservatives say they’re happy, but liberals show it

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Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study. Other researchers found fault with the study, which looked at how Democrats and Republicans differ in positive language in speeches entered into the Congressional Record, photos in the congressional directory, tweets by followers of the two different political parties, LinkedIn photos associated with advocacy groups, and answers to psychological satisfaction-with-life surveys. The scientists found Democrats in Congress…

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Charlie Crist looks to Democrats for campaign dollars

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A must-read from Steve Bousquet: By bolting from the Republican Party, Gov. Charlie Crist has one place left to raise big money in his race for the U.S. Senate: Democrats. A governor who once courted conservatives by calling himself a “Jeb Bush Republican” is getting help from liberal trial lawyers, union activists and even elected Democrats, who are shunning their party’s Senate hopefuls, wealthy Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami. Crist is now an…

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Conservative enters commission race against Mark Sharpe

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An upcoming county commission primary race could test whether hard-core conservatives will continue to dominate Hillsborough County’s Republican Party. The contest pits incumbent District 7 Commissioner Mark Sharpe against conservative Josh Burgin, a former executive administrator with the county GOP. Burgin entered the race hours before last Friday’s noon qualifying deadline. It’s been well known in Republican political circles that conservatives were looking for someone to challenge Sharpe because of his advocacy of a 1 cent sales tax for mass…

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