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New Gallup poll labels Florida ‘leaning Democratic’ — tell that to Republican Governor and Republican Legislature

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According to a new Gallup survey of each states’ residents’ stated political affiliations, Florida is among 10 states considered to be Democratic leaning, in which the state’s Democratic supporters outnumber Republican supporters by at least 5 percentage points but less than 10 points. Florida is “Democratic leaning”??? Tell that to the Republican Governor and to the Republican U.S. Senator, tell that to the Republican candidate for Governor who is leading the Democrat by 11 points, tell that to the two…

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New Gallup poll labels Florida ‘leaning Democratic’– tell that to Republican Governor and Republican Legislature

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According to a new Gallup survey of each states’ residents’ stated political affiliations, Florida is among 10 states considered to be Democratic leaning, in which the state’s Democratic supporters outnumber Republican supporters by at least 5 percentage points but less than 10 points. Florida is “Democratic leaning”??? Tell that to the Republican Governor and to the Republican US Senator, tell that to the Republican candidate for Governor who is leading the Democrat by 11 points, tell that to the two…

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Florida Legislature takes steps to add the homeless to hate-crimes law

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Prompted by the 2006 homeless attack in Fort Lauderdale that gained worldwide notoriety, the Florida Legislature is moving to add the homeless as a protected class under state hate crimes laws. Senate and House committees approved legislation that would make prejudice-driven attacks against the homeless a hate crime, meaning longer jail sentences for offenders. The issue will get more consideration during the legislative session, which starts March 2. Florida has led the nation for four consecutive years in violent attacks…

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Draft ‘Bob Hackworth for House District 45’ page springs up on Facebook

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From page creator Steve Lapinski: Bob Hackworth should run for State House District 45 (N. Pinellas, S. Pasco). Like the current incumbent, Bob is a former mayor of Dunedin. This is one of the most competitive open seats currently held by a Republican and we still don’t have a Dem in the race. Bob can do this! The info section on the page reads: The path to returning the Democratic Party to the majority in the Florida Legislature begins by…

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Give Carl Zimmermann credit

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Sure, Carl Zimmermann lost his race to neo-populist Peter Nehr by less than 1,500 votes, but Carl did so with determination and style — and in a district as egregiously gerrymandered as any in Florida. I served as a consultant to Carl’s campaign at the very beginning of his effort. Even then I could tell that Carl was a serious candidate who could have won had he run in a more competitive district. Unfortunately, the state and local Democratic party…

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