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Scott Arceneaux: The Eddie Mush of Florida politics

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“Eddie Mush was a degenerate gambler. He was the world’s biggest loser. He was “Mush” because everything he touched turned to mush.” Now that Andrew Gillum has fired his campaign manager and finance director, a good question is who is steering his gubernatorial campaign?

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Search for Florida Democratic Party’s next Executive Director continues

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An official with the Florida Democratic Party says that while the search to find a successor to Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party does include Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, it is by no means limited to those two candidates. Juan Penalosa, who is working with newly elected FDP Chair Stephen Bittel on his transition team, tells FloridaPolitics that the search to replace Arceneaux remains a national search, and goes beyond Ducote and Wolf. He does say that the two are…

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Justin Grabelle about to be challenged in CD 11 race?

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Once upon a time, Florida’s 11th Congressional District — which now encompasses Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Marion counties — was held by a Democrat. Her name was Karen Thurman. Thurman lost to Republican Ginny Brown-Waite in 2002, and since that time, the seat has remained safely in GOP control, and that scenario doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. After GOP incumbent Rich Nugent announced last month that he would not run for re-election in 2016, Justin Grabelle, his 33-year-old chief-of-staff, immediately announced he would…

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Notes from the Florida Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Joy Reid, last night’s recipient of the award for Best National blog, covered all of the angles at the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  It’s coverage like this that helped her win her award.  Her notes: Kendrick Meek brought a cheering section … Gelber and Aronberg played nice … and Alex Sink’s mike went rogue. And a good time was had by all at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. The Democratic faithful gathered at the Westin Diplomat hotel in Hallandale Beach…

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Florida Democrats raised $2.7 million last quarter (but should they use the term ‘business as usual’ to describe effort?)

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Press release from the FDP: Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman announced today that Florida Democrats continue fundraising at a record pace, with over 2,500 donations contributed to our efforts to end business as usual in Tallahassee in the first quarter of 2010. “Fueled by the grassroots army we are building, the Florida Democratic Party’s momentum to end business as usual in Tallahassee and clean up the Republican culture of corruption keeps growing,” said Thurman. “As we kicked off this…

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Florida Democrats raised $2.7 million last quarter (but should they use the term ‘business as usual’ to describe effort?)

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Press release from the FDP: Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman announced today that Florida Democrats continue fundraising at a record pace, with over 2,500 donations contributed to our efforts to end business as usual in Tallahassee in the first quarter of 2010. “Fueled by the grassroots army we are building, the Florida Democratic Party’s momentum to end business as usual in Tallahassee and clean up the Republican culture of corruption keeps growing,” said Thurman. “As we kicked off this…

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Karen Thurman wants to know where Tim Pawlenty stands on Crist vs. Rubio

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  As Minn. Gov. and Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty travels to Orlando today to raise money for the Republican Governor’s Association, Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Pawlenty to let Floridians know who he will support in the state’s primary. Pawlenty has refused to make an endorsement, even though his Political Action Committee’s mission is “helping candidates and translating our ideas into policies that everyone can relate to and support.” “It’s a simple question — will Tim Pawlenty…

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