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Mike Thomas: Charlie Crist puts himself first in Florida’s teacher merit-pay saga

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From Mike Thomas: The architects of teacher merit pay made a fatal mistake. They took Charlie Crist at his word. He had long supported merit pay. His top policy staffer endorsed the bill in legislative meetings. Crist said it would “build on education reforms that have earned Florida great improvements in academic rankings.” But the governor never has been bound by past words or deeds, by the details of policy or the consequences of actions. He is perpetually fluid, always calculating…

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Mike Thomas: Charlie Crist puts himself first in Florida’s teacher merit-pay saga

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From Mike Thomas: The architects of teacher merit pay made a fatal mistake. They took Charlie Crist at his word. He had long supported merit pay. His top policy staffer endorsed the bill in legislative meetings. Crist said it would “build on education reforms that have earned Florida great improvements in academic rankings.” But the governor never has been bound by past words or deeds, by the details of policy or the consequences of actions. He is perpetually fluid, always calculating…

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Rasmussen Poll: Marco Rubio leads Charlie Crist 57%-28%

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Support for Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate bid has fallen this month to its lowest level yet. Just 28% of the state’s likely Republican voters support his candidacy now, down six points from March. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary voters in the Sunshine State shows former state House Speaker Marco Rubio edging up a point from last month to 57%, his highest level of support to date. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate…

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Marco Rubio: Belle of the CPAC Ball

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Conservatives from across the nation will get their first in-the-flesh look at Marco Rubio Thursday as he delivers the keynote address before the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Click back here for coverage and updates: Marco Rubio speech at CPAC conference brings conservatives to their feet: Marco Rubio, the 38-year-old son of Cuban immigrants and candidate for an open Senate seat in Florida, electrified thousands of conservatives Thursday morning with an impassioned defense of American exceptionalism. Beth Reinhard: Is…

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Yes He Can! Marco Rubio on the cover of National Review

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Marco Rubio is on the cover the new National Review – a coup that should help the Miami Republican raise some national money from grass roots conservatives. The writer is John J. Miller, who has written several pieces critical of Charlie Crist: On paper, it looks like a mismatch between an unbeatable juggernaut and a doomed also-ran. Yet Crist may be vulnerable: He warmly embraced President Obama’s stimulus spending and is one of the most liberal politicians in the Republican…

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Video: Marco Rubio at RedState Gathering

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“That cap and trade legislation, which will do nothing but make America one of the cleanest third world economies . . .,” said Marco Rubio at the RedState Gathering. Erick Erikson weighs in: Of the valuable points Marco Rubio made at the RedState Gathering was that the Republican Party is the natural home of conservatives, but it is not the inevitable home of conservatives. If the GOP does not clean up its act and turn back from the path it…

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Continuing coverage of doctor’s racist email depicting Barack Obama as a witch doctor

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7:20 p.m. – Tomorrow’s St. Petersburg Times story on McKalip. 7:18 p.m. – McKalip says he is taking a leave of absence from a leadership role with the American Medical Association. “That e-mail depicted such an offense image, and it was completely inappropriate for me to thoughtlessly forward it out,” McKalip said. “A person in my position, who’s trying to help patients and trying to do it in organized medicine, needs to think hard about the people he’s going to…

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