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Diane Roberts: Florida’s presidential hopefuls a bumper crop of crazy

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No fewer than four of the 2016 Republican candidates for president claim domicile in Florida. Five, if you count Donald Trump – and the head pelt-sporting Birther would hate not to be counted. Even if he’s not really running, just promoting his new book. First there’s Jeb Bush, Miami resident, former governor, brother of the more famous (and far stupider) George W., fundraising juggernaut, part-time “Hispanic,” the “moderate” supposedly beloved of the Republican establishment. Over the weekend, Jeb gave the…

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Bill Day’s latest: The partisan divide and Florida’s super-majority

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In November, Florida Republicans flipped six seats to gain a super-majority in the state House of Representatives, giving the chamber a veto-proof majority. The Democratic trouncing was not only across Florida, but also nationally, evidenced in Bill Day’s latest. Day provides a glimpse of who is now running the show in Tallahassee, and – to a somewhat lesser extent – in Washington.  For the next two years, the already conservative House leans slightly further to the right. November’s GOP wave brought…

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Gov. Scott signs presidential primary push-back into law

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Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law legislation that will move Florida’s 2016 presidential primaries back two weeks, from March 1 to March 15. Scott’s approval of HB 7035, shepherded by state Rep. Ritch Workman and state Sen. Garrett Richter in their respective legislative chambers, puts Florida in position to take advantage of new Republican National Convention rules allowing states to adopt a winner-take-all primary in which all delegates are awarded to the winner, as opposed to meted out piecemeal according to proportion…

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Politico: Florida GOP doubts Charlie Crist line on Jim Greer

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Florida Republicans supportive of Marco Rubio’s Senate campaign are questioning Gov. Charlie Crist’s claim that he was unaware of an alleged scheme to skim money from the Republican Party of Florida, which led to the arrest and indictment of former Crist adviser Jim Greer last week. Greer, who served as chairman of the Florida GOP, was charged with directing more than $125,000 to a political consulting firm, Victory Strategies, that he and his associates set up, and Greer’s lawyer has…

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Charlie Crist polled on Monday & Tuesday about an Independent run and learned that…

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From The Fix: Conversations with Florida Republicans — those close to Crist and those not — reveal a broad consensus that some time either today or, more likely, tomorrow, he will announce that he is switching parties to become an independent. According to multiple Republican sources, Crist conducted a poll on Monday and Tuesday to test his viability as an independent and got numbers back that encouraged him that there was a path to victory running without any major party…

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Charlie Crist polled on Monday & Tuesday about an Independent run and learned that…

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From The Fix: Conversations with Florida Republicans — those close to Crist and those not — reveal a broad consensus that some time either today or, more likely, tomorrow, he will announce that he is switching parties to become an independent. According to multiple Republican sources, Crist conducted a poll on Monday and Tuesday to test his viability as an independent and got numbers back that encouraged him that there was a path to victory running without any major party…

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Even John Thrasher didn’t like the debate between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio

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Republican Party of Florida chairman John Thrasher on the debate: “I commend Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio for agreeing to participate in today’s debate, and for addressing some of the important issues facing the State of Florida and our nation. Florida Republicans have an important choice to make, and it is critical that we have the information needed to make an informed decision. “While I appreciate our candidates’ passion for this race and strong desire to serve, I was disappointed…

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