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David Axelrod to speak in St. Pete tonight

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David Axelrod, senior adviser for Barack Obama’s two successful presidential campaigns, will speak in St. Petersburg this Friday night at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, in an address sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Association of Opinion Journalists. Since leaving politics after the 2012 election, Axelrod has become a professional political pundit, initially for MSNBC and now with CNN, where he moved to this past September. In addition, he also serves as the director of Institute in Politics at…

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History shows Marco Rubio resignation would be rare event

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The South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s editorial on Wednesday that called on Marco Rubio to resign “and not rip us off” ignited a number of others to follow suit. It came as Rubio has continued to miss votes in the upper chamber of Congress while on the campaign trail and unapologetic about it. Instead, he’s indicated he doesn’t even really like the job. Historical precedent, though, indicates  that if Rubio quit, it would be the exception to usual presidential politics. On his…

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Washington Post: Jeff Greene touts business savvy, outsider status in run for U.S. Senate seat

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The Washington Post offers its most comprehensive profile to-date of Senate candidate Jeff Greene. “We’re flying right over our house!” Greene said excitedly. “See the one with the swimming pool right on the water, with the tennis court behind it? That’s our house!” In any other year, Florida voters might have written off the frenetic, unpolished candidacy of the 55-year-old billionaire as yet another footnote in the list of fabulously rich businessmen who self-fund a run for higher office in…

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Human Events: Would Charlie Crist Pick Up Where Arlen Specter Left Off?

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A must read article from Human Events editor John Gizzi begins with a provacative statement: “You guys will be wishing you had [Martinez] back after a year of Charlie in the Senate.” That’s what a prominent Florida Republican told me in March, as rumors mounted that the Sunshine State’s Gov. Charlie Crist would run for the seat of fellow Republican and retiring Sen. Mel Martinez. It is well-known that conservatives had a problem with Martinez, whose strong support of “comprehensive…

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With Jon Huntsman’s appointment, Charlie Crist’s path to GOP nomination just became possible

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Jon Huntsman’s appointment as Ambassador to China just made a Charlie Crist candidacy much more plausible. Without Huntsman to siphon off independents and Democrats in New Hampshire, Crist becomes the primo moderate. Tim Pawlenty might lean moderate, but Sam’s Club doesn’t have a huge following in the hamlets of New Hampshire. On the other hand, Charlie Crist’s strongest conservative case is his record on taxes. And that’s the way New Hampshire Republicans like to have their drinks — slightly stirred…

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