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Scott Walker to blow off Florida in 2016?

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Strange as it may sound, Scott Walker has been overshadowed in the press over the past month, despite the fact that the Wisconsin governor continues to lead everyone in Iowa and is second in most polls in New Hampshire and in national surveys. But he certainly made news when he suggested on Laura Ingraham‘s nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday morning that if in fact he gets into the race (like Jeb Bush, he’s non-candidate officially at the moment), he’s likely to stay…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.17.16 — In search of where the GOP stands

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Happy Friday to you all. Greetings from Nashua, N.H., where the latest cattle call of GOP presidential aspirants and possible aspirants are congregating for the next two days. I’ve long criticized the way we elect presidents,  putting so much emphasis — too much emphasis — on two states, Iowa and New Hampshire, to define who should be leading the free world. Yes, they can do retail politics here in a way that they can’t in say, Florida (because of our state’s…

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Are the early primary states a big deal anymore?

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Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. By hosting the nation’s first presidential primaries and caucuses, the states have heaped political and financial rewards for decades on successful candidates and hastened the end for underachievers. Yet their clout may be declining in 2016. Campaign aides and veteran political operatives expect the Republicans’ next primary season to extend well beyond the first three states, thanks to an explosion of well-financed super PACs, a robust stable…

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Senate votes to move Florida presidential primary to March 15, 2016

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The Florida Senate today unanimously approved a bill that will move the state’s presidential primary moves from January to March 15, 2016. This is significant because that date is the first day the state can conduct, if it chooses as expected, a primary with a winner-take-all prize for the victor. New rules announced by the Republican National Committee require the awarding of convention delegates based upon the percentage of votes earned for any primaries held between March 1 and March…

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Is Charlie Crist running for Senate or VP?

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Obviously, the current Florida governor is running for Senate, but give me a chance to explain my thoughts on the vice presidency. [Then you can decide whether the link between the two is a stretch.] First, we’ll need to assume a couple of things. For starters, everything below assumes that the primary calendar and rules will remain virtually unchanged between now and January 2012. We can argue all day about the likelihood of major reforms to the primary process, but…

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