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Mitch Perry Report for 10.13.15 — Martin O’Malley’s moment?

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So, after the Republicans (led by Donald Trump) have seized the country’s attention with their presidential contest so far in 2015, the five Democrats (sans Joe Biden) running for president get their shot in a two-hour debate from Las Vegas on CNN at 9 p.m. Eastern. There will be some intriguing things to watch for — such as how Bernie Sanders will make his pitch for the black vote. A CNN/ORC poll in South Carolina released yesterday  was very troubling for…

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Jeb Bush campaign strategist David Kochel diagnosed with leukemia

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David Kochel, Jeb Bush’s chief strategist, was diagnosed on Saturday with “acute lymphoblastic leukemia,” and has already began treatment to fight it. “Columba’s and my prayers are with our friend David for a very speedy recovery,” Bush said in a statement. “He is an integral leader of our team, and more importantly, a great human being. I look forward to having David healthy and at 100 percent as we take on the Iowa caucuses and beyond.” The 51-year-old Kochel is considered one of…

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Jeb Bush starting behind others and nearly from scratch in Iowa

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush boasts blue chip donors, some of the best advisers in the campaign business and, of course, a famous political name. But when it comes to first-to-vote Iowa, he’s practically starting from scratch. The former Florida governor makes his first visit to the leadoff caucus state as a declared candidate Wednesday, where he has just three employees and has made only two visits this year. That’s far less time and resources than most of his rivals…

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Jeb Bush finance team sets goals for end of June

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The political action committee that’s been raising money for Jeb Bush’s nascent presidential campaign is expected to announce a prodigious fundraising number soon — perhaps as much as $100 million. But that’s for his Right to Rise PAC. Now that he’s an official entrant into the 2016 GOP sweepstakes, the candidate can “only” raise $2,700 from individuals for his run for the nomination for president. In a conference call with donors shortly after Bush announced his candidacy before an adoring…

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Jeb Bush set to name Justin Muzinich as policy director of likely presidential campaign

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Jeb Bush is set to name finance expert Justin Muzinich as policy director of an increasingly likely 2016 presidential campaign, writes Eliana Johnson of the National Review. Muzinich comes from the finance industry, having worked first at the Morgan Stanley mergers and acquisitions division, and later at EMS Capital. Currently, he serves as vice-chair of New York-based investment firm Muzinich & Co. With a background in hedge funds, critics question whether the addition of Muzinich to Bush’s team will do…

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