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Email insights: Charlie Crist, seagulls and the GOP’s impeccable timing

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In politics, timing is everything. A new GOP email — coinciding with Democrat Charlie Crist’s not-quite-yet announcement for his congressional candidacy — points out his “eerie similarity” with the seagulls of the Disney movie Finding Nemo. “All of those silly little seagulls just fly around obnoxiously screaming, ‘Mine! Mine! Mine!’” says the email from the National Republican Congressional Committee. The only difference is that, unlike the seagulls, Crist is not looking for his next meal, but for his next office.…

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Tampa Tribune endorses Dan Gelber and Pam Bondi in attorney general primary races

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The Tampa Tribune is the first (I think of the major newspapers) to offer an endorsement in any of the statewide races.  Not surprisingly, the newspaper backs Dan Gelber and Pam Bondi.  Not surprisingly because, in Gelber’s case, the traditional media just looovvveeesss them some DG.  Not that they shouldn’t, but I’ll be surprised if Dave Aronberg wins much support from the fourth estate.  In Bondi’s case, if her hometown paper didn’t back her, who the hell will?  Excerpts: On…

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CNN’s Roland Martin: Losing Florida Senate race may haunt Dems in ’12

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Not the best written column I’ve ever read, but Martin says a few things aloud that other people have been thinking, but won’t say: Meek expects to beat Greene, but that means having to spend time and money on him, and not on Rubio or Crist. And for a candidate who needs to introduce himself to a wide voter base, every minute and dollar is precious. Greene has already dropped $5 million and will likely inundate voters with TV and…

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CNN’s Roland Martin: Losing Florida Senate race may haunt Dems in ’12

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Not the best written column I’ve ever read, but Martin says a few things aloud that other people have been thinking, but won’t say: Meek expects to beat Greene, but that means having to spend time and money on him, and not on Rubio or Crist. And for a candidate who needs to introduce himself to a wide voter base, every minute and dollar is precious. Greene has already dropped $5 million and will likely inundate voters with TV and…

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Miami Herald on its own political coverage: ‘Crist felt the heat. Rubio’s feeling it now. Meek will soon."

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Very interesting piece by Miami Herald ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos regarding the newspaper’s (and, by extension, The St. Petersburg Times’) recent coverage of Marco Rubio: I have checked on the coverage and come away with mixed conclusions. I don’t agree that The Herald is giving the Democrats a free ride. The reporting on Rubio’s spending has been solid and was just what The Herald should be doing. Some of the language used in headlines and stories, however, was tendentious and more…

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Miami Herald on its own political coverage: ‘Crist felt the heat. Rubio’s feeling it now. Meek will soon.”

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Very interesting piece by Miami Herald ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos regarding the newspaper’s (and, by extension, The St. Petersburg Times’) recent coverage of Marco Rubio: I have checked on the coverage and come away with mixed conclusions. I don’t agree that The Herald is giving the Democrats a free ride. The reporting on Rubio’s spending has been solid and was just what The Herald should be doing. Some of the language used in headlines and stories, however, was tendentious and more…

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Karen Thurman wants to know where Tim Pawlenty stands on Crist vs. Rubio

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  As Minn. Gov. and Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty travels to Orlando today to raise money for the Republican Governor’s Association, Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Pawlenty to let Floridians know who he will support in the state’s primary. Pawlenty has refused to make an endorsement, even though his Political Action Committee’s mission is “helping candidates and translating our ideas into policies that everyone can relate to and support.” “It’s a simple question — will Tim Pawlenty…

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