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Darryl Paulson: President ‘Pants on Fire’

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Although a Republican and a conservative, I was never able to support Donald Trump for president for three reasons. First, he has seldom been a Republican in his lifetime. Second, he is a pragmatist and populist, but not a conservative. Finally, he has difficulty telling the truth. So, what was so appealing about Trump that he won 30 of the 50 states and a majority of the electoral vote? His greatest appeal was being a non-politician in an era where…

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Donald Trump’s assertions echo site filled with tales of dark plots

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President Donald Trump‘s assertion that the media often fails to cover terrorist attacks is false, but he’s hardly alone in making the claim. The statement is just the latest by Trump to echo a website known for trafficking in dubious allegations of plots and cover-ups. “You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want…

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A traditional end to an unconventional presidential election

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The end of the 2016 presidential election is at hand. A joint session of Congress is set to count the Electoral College votes on Friday, a traditional ending to a most unconventional presidential election. Friday’s vote count marks the last chance for Democrats and other anti-Trump forces to disrupt Donald Trump‘s election. But even if they are successful, the most Democrats could do is slow the process because they don’t have the votes to overturn the outcome. Barring something bizarre…

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Nick DiCeglie blasts Darryl Rouson’s Electoral College reform bill

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The Pinellas County Republican Party chair is castigating Democratic state Sen. Darryl Rouson over his proposal to change the Electoral College. Rouson, of St. Petersburg, told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday that he plans to file a bill to “require the state’s presidential electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote.” The bill, which has virtually no chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Legislature, had not been filed as of midday Thursday. Nick DiCeglie called on the Pinellas County…

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Electoral College vote a non-story unless Donald Trump is involved

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Just like that, it was over. In Tallahassee and around the country, 538 electors cast their ballots to officially elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Of course, they did. There was never going to be a different outcome. Never. Florida’s 29 electors gathered in the Senate Chamber to do what everyone knew they would do. While protesters gathered in the fourth-floor lobby outside the chamber, all 29 ignored the noise, kept their pledges, and cast…

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Donald Trump wins all votes of Florida’s Electoral College

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As expected, Florida’s 29 Republican members of the Electoral College on Monday cast their vote for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. The electors are among Florida’s most loyal Republicans. They were chosen by the state GOP and approved by Gov. Rick Scott. The votes were cast as dozens of protesters hollered and chanted against Trump in the Capitol rotunda. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Scott, presided over the highly-scripted and generally…

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Martin Dyckman: In post-truth America, responsible news more important than ever

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There’s a scene in the musical “Chicago” that could be adopted virtually intact when they make the one I’d call “Trumpistan.” It’s the number in which a cunning criminal defense attorney, Billy Flynn, works the press as a chorus of puppets, dangling from strings, as they dance to his tune and parrot his words. That Donald Trump did that with much of the media is, aside from the result itself, one of the two most uncomfortable truths about the 2016…

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