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Hillary Clinton’s turn: Guide to the Democratic National Convention

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It’s Hillary Clinton‘s turn. The Democratic National Convention opening Monday in Philadelphia is Clinton’s chance to hit reset after a vigorous primary against Bernie Sanders and the unlikely movement that formed behind the Vermont senator. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has endorsed Clinton, but many of his supporters have not. Some of them were dismayed by her choice of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as her running mate. Last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland exposed deep, lingering reservations about Donald…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.20.16 — Cleveland’s curse is history

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Congratulations to the city of Cleveland and fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers worldwide, after they defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last night, 93-89, bringing the city their first sports championship in 52 years. Okay, that wasn’t too difficult for me to type. As a lifelong Warriors fan, it’s a crushing feeling, having the team with the best regular season in history coming up just short, but the fact is, the better team won. Although the…

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Cory Booker keynotes Florida Democratic Party summer gala

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Although party unity was the theme of the Florida Democratic Party’s annual Leadership Blue Gala, bashing Donald Trump played second fiddle to remembering the tragic murders of 49 Americans in Orlando last weekend, and what might be done about it. Saturday night’s event at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood began with a video scroll of the names of the 49 people killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando a week ago, the worst mass shooting in American history. “I am so tired, and…

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Patrick Murphy unveils criminal justice reform package

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With South Carolina Democratic Representative James Clyburn and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker standing beside him, Jupiter Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy unveiled a package of criminal justice reform legislation on Saturday at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood. “Our criminal justice system has been out of balance for too long, and I look forward to working with all Floridians to fix this broken system,” Murphy said. “In the U.S. Senate, I will partner with leaders like Senator Cory Booker, who…

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Cory Booker doesn’t want to talk about being a possible VP

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Cory Booker is being discussed as a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but the New Jersey Senator doesn’t want to talk about it. “You know what? I’m focused on being the best New Jersey Senator I can possibly be,” he said Saturday afternoon. “And I’m leaving a lot of that speculation for the ‘speculators’ and right now my focus is doing my job.” Booker’s comments came moments after appearing at a news conference with Congressman and…

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker to address Florida Democrats

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New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker will join Florida Democrats at their annual fundraiser in Hollywood. Booker is scheduled to speak Saturday night. Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant praised Booker’s leadership in the U.S. Senate and as former mayor of Newark, N.J. Booker joined with other Senate Democrats this week in demanding Congress approve stricter gun control laws in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 people killed and 53 injured. Booker is a popular…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.26.16 – How much will the political parties change after this year?

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he Republican Party really be serious about rejiggering the primary calendar, as has reported in places like the New York Times and the Boston Globe earlier this week? We’ve heard a lot in the past few weeks how presidential politics have changed – perhaps forever – by the campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Whether that’s actually true remains to be seen, obviously. According to the Times’ Jeremy Peters, GOP party activists are also talking up the idea of…

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