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Bill Rufty: Diverse Florida electorate crucial in presidential election

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If you are a presidential candidate, you can’t come to Florida with a single, cookie-cutter campaign and speak to issues based on national surveys. Florida is one of the most diverse and perhaps, with 29 electoral votes, the most crucial swing state in the presidential election, University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus told a large audience Thursday evening. MacManus was the leadoff speaker for the new season of the Florida Lecture Series hosted by the Lawton M.…

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Political and judicial histories from Chiles Center for Florida History

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A rare double-book signing is being hosted at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Lone Palm Country Club in Lakeland for James Michael Denham, director of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History of Florida Southern College in the city. The most recent book, “Florida Founder William P. DuVal: Frontier Bon Vivant” arrived this summer about a month after the publication of Denham’s book covering the history of  federal court in Florida, “Fifty Years of Justice.” The rare coincidence prompted…

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