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Dominating TV, Donald Trump a ratings draw

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Opinion polls are one thing, but Nielsen numbers speak more loudly to television executives: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump‘s ability to pull in viewers makes him catnip for news programs and wins a level of coverage that feeds on itself. NBC’s “Meet the Press” had its biggest audience in more than a year for its Trump interview on Aug. 16, leading that show’s biggest competitors — ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” — to feature phone interviews with…

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HuffPo lays groundwork for Jeb Bush in 2012

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Simon Rosenberg is the most bullish of Democratic strategists. The former Clinton administration official and head of the young non-profit group NDN has been the chief proponent of the belief that Barack Obama’s election produced the opportunity for a “30-to-40-year era of Democratic dominance.” A specialist in the political habits of different demographic groups (specifically Hispanics), he insists that, absent a drastic makeover, the GOP risks cementing itself “as irrelevant to the 21st century.” Sagging poll numbers and policy setbacks…

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Mitch Caesar in HuffPo: The Curious Case of Charlie Crist

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From Mitchell Caesar: To be, or not to be — that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous primary defeat or take up the arms of an independent, against a sea of partisan troubles and by opposing political parties, end them. This is the soliloquy Florida Governor Charlie Crist confronted, not facing a skull, but his well tanned self in the mirror. This story began at the political beginning, which…

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HuffPo: Will George Rekers escort scandal sink Bill McCollum’s gubernatorial bid?

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The George Rekers escort scandal seems to have tendrils which reach way beyond destroying the effectiveness of religious right “experts” to speak against lgbt issues in court. It has the potential of sinking the gubernatorial bid of Florida’s attorney general, Bill McCollum. Continue reading here.

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HuffPo: Will George Rekers escort scandal sink Bill McCollum’s gubernatorial bid?

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The George Rekers escort scandal seems to have tendrils which reach way beyond destroying the effectiveness of religious right “experts” to speak against LGBT issues in court. It has the potential of sinking the gubernatorial bid of Florida’s attorney general, Bill McCollum. Continue reading here.

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Charlie Crist did not ask White House for support as a Democrat

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From HuffPo: The White House is chopping down a rumor that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist allegedly called up Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel last week to see if the administration would support him if he chose to run for the Senate as a Democrat. “It’s not true,” a spokesperson for the Chief of Staff’s office said. The rumor about a Crist overture to Emanuel had been spreading within Florida’s political circles, before managing, at some point, to make its way…

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Mel Martinez resignation: The aftermath

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First and foremost, Charlie Crist says he won’t appoint himself. 538.com says Crist may end “pulling out his hair” over decision. John Cornyn says Martinez’s resignation “does not change the landscape.” Michael Barone says it should be Jeb Bush. HuffPo speculates Martinez resigned to screw Crist. Red County says it should be Marco Rubio. Susan MacManus is unsure. Kendrick Meek is magnanimous. New York Times suggests Clay Shaw. Not One Red Cent weighs in. Palm Beach Post has quotes from…

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