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Bill Rufty: Will I-4, Polk County Go Blue?

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Tuesday will reveal whether the I-4 corridor is still an important swing corridor or whether it has become an important Democratic Party corridor. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hit the counties along that stretch of interstate many times as well — and not just the big cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando. Smaller cities and towns were targets as well. Donald Trump held a rally at the Lakeland Linder Airport and Tim Kaine, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate,…

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Donald Trump plans second Central Florida visit this month

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The Interstate 4 corridor is heating up, as Donald Trump plans a second visit to Central Florida in eight days on Thursday, marking the fifth presidential race campaign stop in the first two weeks of August. Trump is planning a 7 p.m. rally Thursday at Osceola County’s Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, the same venue his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton spoke at Monday evening. This follows Trump’s Aug. 3 visit to Daytona Beach, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine‘s Aug. 2…

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Interesting kernels of data from the recent polls surveying the Florida Senate race

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One of the dominant themes that can be extracted from the recent polling is that those who know Charlie Crist best don’t like him or won’t vote for him. Marco Rubio leads Crist 68-18 among Republican primary voters who have an opinion of both candidates. As the memo attached to the FMA poll states: Among those GOP voters who have an opinion (positive or negative) of BOTH Crist and Rubio, Crist trails Rubio by a 50-point margin. While these results…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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Highlights from Sunday’s editorial pages from the newspapers along the I-4 Corridor, with h/t to Rob Pickering: Lakeland Ledger – Public Plan Needed For Health Care: “In a country that pays far more for health insurance than other, less wealthy nations – and gets less for its money – there must be a way.” Daytona Beach News-Journal – Single Payer Silence: “If Medicare is good enough for the 65-and-older set, why wouldn’t it, or a similar system — paid for,…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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Every Sunday I am thankful to Robert Pickering and the rest of Metro I-4 news for compiling the highlights of the Sunday editorial pages: The Legislature’s actions during its session is the focus of today’s editorials among the five largest newspapers serving the I-4 corridor from St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach. Here is a brief rundown of what the various newspaper editorial boards are opining: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Dealing in Secrecy – The newspaper notes that the legislative session recently…

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Rick Baker: Run, Charlie Crist, run!

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The last two months have been rather gloomy times for term-limited St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker. First, it was the news that Alex Sink would not run for the U.S Senate, thereby keeping her CFO position to herself. Then it was Bill McCollum passing on a Senate bid to stay on as Attorney General. All the while, every city council member since Connie Kone served stopped by City Hall to measure the drapes in your office. For Hizzoner, it’s like…

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