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Mitch Perry Report for 8.9.16 – On a “rigged” election

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Last week (perhaps coincidentally as his poll numbers began dropping precipitously), Donald Trump suggested that the general presidential election this fall could be “rigged.” In Ohio last week, Trump said that he has heard “more and more” that the November election will be rigged — suggesting to his supporters that the outcome of the election is out of the hands of voters. That prospect has been further promulgated by one of Trump’s biggest supporters in the media, Sean Hannity. The Fox News…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.24.16 – Hillary nixes a last Dem debate in California

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Last night in Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders called Hillary Clinton‘s decision not to debate him in California “insulting” to the voters in the Golden State. “A number of months ago our campaign and her campaign reached an agreement on a number of debates, including one here in California,” Sanders told the crowd, according to a release issued by the Sanders campaign overnight. He added that it was “insulting to the people of California — our largest state — that she is not prepared…

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Wrong number? Donald Trump’s TV telephone interviews in spotlight

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In television news, a telephone interview is typically frowned upon. Donald Trump‘s fondness for them is changing habits and causing consternation in newsrooms, while challenging political traditions. Two organizations are circulating petitions to encourage Sunday morning political shows to hang up on Trump. Some prominent holdouts, like Fox’s Chris Wallace, refuse to do on-air phoners. Others argue that a phone interview is better than no interview at all. Except in news emergencies, producers usually avoid phoners because television is a…

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Ted Cruz promises smaller government, slams Donald Trump at Orlando rally

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Ted Cruz arrived in Central Florida for a rally Friday morning, joined by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity and former candidate Carly Fiorina, who recently endorsed the Republican White House hopeful. During a speech at the Faith Assembly of God megachurch in Orlando, the Texas senator doubled down on promises he’s been making on the campaign trail – smaller government, repealing Obamacare and helping small business. Between Cruz’s pitch to voters, he exchanged quips and banter with Hannity, decrying both fellow…

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Fox gets 16.9 million viewers for GOP debate

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The 16.9 million people who saw Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Republican presidential debate on Thursday have made it the fourth most-watched debate in a primary season ever. The Nielsen company said Friday that’s also the fourth most-watched Republican debate of the 2016 campaign cycle — a testament to the extraordinary interest these events have had for television viewers. The debate stages are getting less crowded, with the Detroit debate featuring Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John…

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Viewer’s Guide: GOP debate about Donald Trump vs. everyone else

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And then there were four. Ben Carson‘s departure from the GOP presidential race means the quartet of remaining Republicans on the debate stage Thursday night get more time for attacks as Donald Trump treads a path to the GOP nomination and his three rivals try to trip him up. Cheered on by many Republican leaders, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are racing the primary clock to March 15, likely their last chance to stop Trump in a series…

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How Gary Fineout and John Kennedy pwned Fox News

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Last night, for maybe the first time in his political career, Rick Scott was sought after. National reporters were chasing after his spokeswoman. The talking heads were searching for his shiny head. The hashtag #WorstGovernorInFloridasModernHistory did not immediately appear next to @FLGovScott on Twitter. Last night, Rick Scott was a wanted man — and for all the right reasons. As discussed in Tuesday’s Sunburn, the rumor du jour was that Scott would endorse Donald Trump for president at a news conference Trump…

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