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Marco Rubio to headline Pinellas GOP Lincoln Day Dinner tonight

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is the featured speaker at the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee’s 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner, one of the region’s premier political events. The Miami Republican will keynote the event tonight at the Hilton Carillon Hotel in St. Petersburg’s Gateway community. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. The annual event not only celebrates recent local GOP victories but has grown to become one of the key fundraising events to support future races.…

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Darryl Paulson: Selecting party chairs: The Florida experience

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(Part 2 of 2)  In the first part of this series, I discussed the process and candidates used by the Republican and Democratic parties to select their national party chairperson. We will now look at the process and candidates used to choose the Florida Republican and Democratic chairs. After a disastrous showing by the Florida Democratic Party in the 2016 election, a fate which has become all too common for the party, the chair of the Florida Democratic Party decided…

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Darryl Paulson: Selecting the national party chairperson

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(First of two parts) The state and national elections are over. At least most of them are over. Still to be decided is the person who will chair the Florida and national party organizations. Is it much ado about nothing, or do party chairs make a difference? Selecting the party chairperson is normally easier for the victorious party. Whoever wins the governorship or presidency usually can handpick the leader of the party. This was not the case in 2015 when…

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Donald Trump names Reince Priebus White House chief of staff

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Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff, elevating one of his loyal GOP advisers with a deep expertise of the Washington establishment Trump has vowed to shake up. Priebus, a close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, called the appointment “an honor” and predicted the billionaire “will be a great president for all Americans.” Trump also named Stephen Bannon, his campaign CEO and executive on leave from conservative website Breitbart, to be the president-elect’s chief strategist and…

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Martin Dyckman: Keep calm and carry on

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To prepare for war with Nazi Germany, the British government considered how to maintain civilian morale should events go badly. Among other things, it printed more than two million posters with the slogan “Keep calm and carry on.” Although they were never issued, copies are available wherever good refrigerator magnets are sold. That slogan is apt today for those of us in the former colonies facing our own existential crisis — the presidential candidacy of a man with no more…

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Senate passes stopgap spending bill with $1.1 billion to fight Zika

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Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day’s end. The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint…

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Patrick Murphy to Marco Rubio: ‘Florida’s just not that into you’

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Patrick Murphy has a message for Marco Rubio: “Florida’s just not that into you.” To prove his point, Murphy, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, sent supporters an email citing a new survey where, out of 100 senators, Rubio ranks as fifth-least-popular in the nation. The poll, released Wednesday by digital media research firm Morning Consult, found that among Florida voters, Rubio has a dismal 41 percent disapproval rating — which Murphy says is a result of Rubio having “the worst attendance…

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