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Martin Dyckman: Our ‘flawed’ Electoral College, mistrusting the people

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When the news flashed on Facebook before the election that Queen Elizabeth II had offered to take us back, some people failed to recognize it as one of Andy Borowitz‘s deft satires from the New Yorker. And some, I’m sure, now wish it were true. Afterward, a friend in Britain wrote to offer refuge — many thanks, Bob, but not yet — and remarked that “there must be a flaw in a system which produces such an outcome.” He was…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.17.16 – Impeachment memories

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Before Barack Obama was elected, a lot of political observers said that with such a divided nation, every president could face the potential of being impeached. I’m reminded of that today on the 18th year anniversary of Bill Clinton giving a prime-time address to the nation after seven months of silence on the Monica Lewinsky matter. “I know that my public comments and my silence about this matter gave a false impression. I misled people, including even my wife,” he said…

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Report: Sally Bradshaw says she may vote for Hillary Clinton

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A prominent Jeb Bush aide has said she might vote for Hillary Clinton come November. Sally Bradshaw told CNN on Monday that she has left the Republican Party to become an independent. Bradshaw, a close adviser to Bush, also said if the presidential race in Florida is close, she will vote for Clinton come Election Day. “This election cycle is a test,” she told CNN. “As much as I don’t want another four years of (President Barack) Obama‘s policies, I…

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz would make history were she to lose party chair and re-election in same year

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Outgoing DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing the strongest challenge of her congressional career back home in South Florida from Democrat Tim Canova. And if Wasserman Schultz is unsuccessful in the Aug. 30 primary, a new Smart Politics report finds that she will be only the second party leader – either Democratic or Republican – to lose both a position as chair and elected office in the same year. It will be the first such occurrence in 150 years,…

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Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen on what Hillary Clinton needs to do on Thursday night

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There are lots of local Tampa Bay area elected officials who are in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention. Darden Rice, Bob Buckhorn, Janet Cruz and Harry Cohen are some of the faces who were seen on out and about on Monday. Cohen is an alternate delegate for Hillary Clinton, and he says that while there is a strong-pro Bernie Sanders energy on the streets of Philadelphia who say they won’t vote for the presumptive presidential nominee this fall, he believes that…

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With few political allies, Donald Trump plans celebrity convention

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Donald Trump‘s team promises an extraordinary display of political entertainment at this month’s Republican National Convention, with the accent on entertainment. The former reality television star plans to feature his high-profile children at the summer gathering in Cleveland, with the hope they’ll be joined by a number of celebrity supporters. Prospects include former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and longtime boxing promoter Don King. “I’m going to be involved, definitely,” said King, who lives…

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Gabby Giffords anti-violence group calls out Marco Rubio on terrorist watch list votes

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As Marco Rubio contemplates continuing his career in the U.S. Senate beyond the end of this year, an anti-violence group is bashing him for his record of voting to protect the loophole in federal law that allows known and suspected terrorists on the FBI’s watch list to pass a criminal background check and legally purchase guns at federally licensed firearms dealers. “In the aftermath of the San Bernardino tragedy last December, Sen. Rubio failed to stand up to the gun…

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