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Can a moderate ‘old white guy’ beat Stephanie Murphy?

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We cannot even get to the halfway point in the Legislative Session without turning to not-yet-developed 2018 races — especially with one Orlando congressional seat poised to become one of the most hotly-contested in the country. Why? Orlando is emblematic of Democratic hopes for their party. For the better part of the last few decades, the area has been represented by typical conservative white guys — Bill McCollum, Tom Feeney, John Mica, Ric Keller — and a gerrymandered African-American from Jacksonville…

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Charlie Crist, Brian Mast among The Hill’s ’10 freshman to watch’ in Congress

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Three Florida freshman are among the “freshmen to watch” in the 115th Congress. On Monday, The Hill unveiled its list of “10 freshmen to watch in the new Congress.” According to The Hill, seven new senators and 55 new House members — including 10 from Florida — will take the oath of office on Jan. 3. Newly elected Reps. Charlie Crist, Brian Mast and Stephanie Murphy were among the new members The Hill singled out. Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, unseated…

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Alan Grayson says goodbye to Orange County Democrats, for now

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando made what’s likely to be his swan song appearance for now before Orange County Democrats Saturday, thanking them for backing him so he could “do so much good for so many people.” Grayson sought the state Democratic nomination to run for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat but lost, and so he did not seek re-election this year to a fourth term. That opened the door to Darren Soto, who won in Florida’s 9th Congressional…

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Where might there be a surprise on Election Night in Florida?

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If the chalk won every game and match-up, there would be no Las Vegas or Macau. There would be no March Madness. If the favorites won every time, there would be no reason to even turn on the television. We watch and love sports and gambling because the underdogs can and do win. In no-limit Texas hold ’em poker, holding a pair of aces gives a player an 87 percent chance of winning against a seven-deuce offsuit before the flop. But…

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DCCC to air radio ads in CD 7 and 13 featuring Barack and Michelle Obama

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Aiming at driving black voters to the polls to vote on down-ballot races,  the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is now airing radio ads featuring Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in Florida’s congressional Districts 7 and 13, two districts with a significant African-American population. This DCCC radio advertising campaign begins Thursday and runs until next Monday, Nov. 7 in the Orlando and Tampa markets. The DCCC says the ads will run on hip-hop, R&B, and urban contemporary radio stations, in order to target voters young and old. In Orlando,…

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As Dems seek House wins, John Mica walks Trump tightrope

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Clasping the $4,000 check that Orlando area real estate agents handed him, Rep. John Mica stood in the F&D Cantina restaurant and described his pathway to a 13th term in Congress. “We’ve got to get everybody out to vote,” the Florida Republican told supporters last week. “Don’t let it get caught up in any of the other races or issues.” That seemed code for Donald Trump, whose flagging, insult-hurling GOP presidential run carries mixed blessings for Mica in his closely…

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Outside group hits David Jolly over nuke fees

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House Majority PAC is out with its second ad of the political cycle attacking David Jolly — this time on Florida’s controversial nuclear cost recovery law. Called “Cost,” the ad hits the Congressional District 13 Republican for taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Duke Energy while saying he was doing nothing to stop the utility from charging taxpayers for a nuclear power plant that will never be built. The ad opens with a St. Petersburg couple identified as “Lucinda and Howard…

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