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Pinellas newcomer Joseph ‘JB’ Bensmihen is convinced he will win the HD 68 seat this fall

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen hasn’t been in Pinellas County very long. In fact, he officially became a resident only within the last week. So while you might consider that fact alone makes him a decided underdog in the now wide open Pinellas County state House District 68 seat, he doesn’t. And he has an impressive history of exceeding people’s expectations about himself. “I don’t want to sound silly, but I got a gift,” the 47-year-old home health care business exec said last week while speaking…

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Leftover campaign cash? Ex-lawmakers find plenty of uses

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No matter how they exited – a loss, a resignation, a retirement – former members of Congress can pretty much do whatever they want with leftover campaign cash as long as it’s political or charitable. Evan Bayh has kept $10 million in campaign contributions since leaving the Senate in 2011, raising plenty of questions about the Indiana Democrat’s political future or perhaps his children’s. Mary Landrieu has more than $146,000 since her Senate loss last year and the Louisiana Democrat…

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John Bolton: Hillary Clinton as “radical” now as back at Yale

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If you want to feel afraid about terrorism in the world, spend a few minutes with John Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush. Bolton is hardcore, as anyone who has ever watched him on Fox News or any other media outlet will understand. He said that while Barack Obama‘s foreign policy has been a disaster, it wasn’t just the president’s philosophy or background that was the problem: It was the Democratic Party’s. “There is no…

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Joe Lieberman still undecided about Florida Senate race

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Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) said Monday he is considering skipping any endorsement in the Connecticut and Florida Senate races, even after he was visited recently by Kendrick Meek. Lieberman told The Hill he was visited by Meek “a few weeks ago” and that the two had “a good conversation” but that he is still mulling whether to get involved in the Florida and Connecticut races. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a friend of Lieberman’s, is waging an independent bid for…

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By the way, doesn’t Charlie Crist’s hiring of John Isay prove I was at least half-right about Michael Bloomberg’s support of Crist

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In a statement released Friday night, Crist announced that his media team will be headed by Josh Isay, who used to work for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Schumer is a member of the Senate’s Democratic leadership team and once headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Isay also helped New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent, win re-election. Remember what I wrote last month — and the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith discounted: All sources have spoken…

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By the way, doesn’t Charlie Crist’s hiring of John Isay prove I was at least half-right about Michael Bloomberg’s support of Crist

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In a statement released Friday night, Crist announced that his media team will be headed by Josh Isay, who used to work for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Schumer is a member of the Senate’s Democratic leadership team and once headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Isay also helped New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat-turned-independent, win re-election. Remember what I wrote last month — and the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith discounted: All sources have spoken…

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Politico names Charlie Crist’s GOP campaign as one of 10 worst of 2010

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From Politico: As spring eases into summer this Memorial Day, the political world is fixated on Big Trends: How deep does this year’s anti-incumbent fervor run? Will the economy make sufficient gains to help Democrats in November? What’s the real meaning of the Tea Party movement? But high-concept questions can obscure a low-concept reality: Campaigns matter. So do candidates. The best politicians have a way of navigating the currents of a hostile political environment. Other politicians, to paraphrase Steve Martin,…

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