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Florida Democrats come out against Marco Rubio ahead of presidential announcement

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The Florida Democratic Party is getting out ahead of Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s expected Monday night presidential announcement. “As far as self-serving vanity projects go, Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign should win a prize. After failing to win a majority of the vote in 2010’s Tea Party wave, Rubio bailed on Floridians, and now embodies everything voters hate about Washington – partisan dysfunction and placing the needs of the wealthiest few above the middle class,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Alison…

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Bill Day’s latest: Pam Bondi, Allen West for Senate?

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When U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate, he set off an unusual chain of events among Florida Democrats. First, speculation flourished over a potential Democratic primary, with a number of leading contenders, such as former Gov. Charlie Crist, as well as U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alan Grayson. Since then, both Crist and Wasserman Schultz have bowed out. And the chatter is growing that Grayson will possibly enter the race to replace Marco Rubio, particularly…

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Across legislative landscape, Democrats still face long odds

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Out of power for more than a decade in Tallahassee, Florida Democrats failed to field challengers for 33 of the 76 GOP-held House seats this year, even though voter-registration trends have made many of them more favorable for the minority party. Reps. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood; Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island; Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland; and John Legg, R-New Port Richey, have already won re-election without a fight. Democratic Rep. Geraldine Thompson of Orlando has also won another two-year term without opposition. In other seats, a Democratic…

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Notes from the Florida Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Joy Reid, last night’s recipient of the award for Best National blog, covered all of the angles at the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  It’s coverage like this that helped her win her award.  Her notes: Kendrick Meek brought a cheering section … Gelber and Aronberg played nice … and Alex Sink’s mike went rogue. And a good time was had by all at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. The Democratic faithful gathered at the Westin Diplomat hotel in Hallandale Beach…

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The latest twisted logic for Florida Democrats: Vote for Kendrick Meek, so Jeff Greene doesn’t win, so Crist can beat Marco Rubio

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At some point, I am going to get really confused. Having spoken with several prominent activists, fundraisers and elected officials (including one major statewide candidate who predicts Jeff Greene will beat Kendrick Meek), a circular logic is developing among the Democratic establishment. It’s all based on the recent polling data showing a) Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio by 11 points; b) Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek being in a statistical dead-heat for the Democratic nomination; and c) Charlie Crist leading both…

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The latest twisted logic for Florida Democrats: Vote for Kendrick Meek, so Jeff Greene doesn’t win, so Charlie Crist can beat Marco Rubio

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At some point, I am going to get really confused. Having spoke with several prominent activists, fundraisers and elected officials (including one major statewide candidate who predicts Jeff Greene will beat Kendrick Meek), a circular logic is developing among the Democratic establishment. It’s all based on the recent polling data showing a) Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio by eleven points; b) Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek being in a statistical dead-head for the Democratic nomination; and c) Charlie Crist leading…

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Dems hope Tuesday debate moves their candidates up in name recognition race

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Can Florida Democrats recapture the U.S. Senate seat once held by Bob Graham? Or is the primary race between Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek merely a battle for third place in the general election? Polls show both Democrats trailing a pair of candidates who so far have commanded the media spotlight: Republican Marco Rubio, a darling of the conservative tea party movement, and Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist. But voters will have the chance to size up Meek and Greene at…

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