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Darryl Paulson: Should the Florida GOP feel blue?

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Florida’s Republican Party has governed Florida for less than a third of the past 150 years. After the Civil War, a coalition of newly enfranchised blacks, a small number of native white Republicans and northern carpetbaggers dominated Florida politics from 1865 to around 1885. After the blacks were stripped of their voting rights at the end of Reconstruction, the Republican Party ceased to be a political force. By 1900, more than 90 percent of black voters were dropped from the…

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Darryl Paulson: Selecting party chairs: The Florida experience

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(Part 2 of 2)  In the first part of this series, I discussed the process and candidates used by the Republican and Democratic parties to select their national party chairperson. We will now look at the process and candidates used to choose the Florida Republican and Democratic chairs. After a disastrous showing by the Florida Democratic Party in the 2016 election, a fate which has become all too common for the party, the chair of the Florida Democratic Party decided…

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Darryl Paulson: Selecting the national party chairperson

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(First of two parts) The state and national elections are over. At least most of them are over. Still to be decided is the person who will chair the Florida and national party organizations. Is it much ado about nothing, or do party chairs make a difference? Selecting the party chairperson is normally easier for the victorious party. Whoever wins the governorship or presidency usually can handpick the leader of the party. This was not the case in 2015 when…

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Blaise Ingoglia announces he’s running for re-election as Florida GOP chair

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Announcing earlier than he intended to do, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said Thursday he will run for re-election to his post next January. “I was hoping to announce this after Thanksgiving so everyone could spend time with their families and give everyone a much-needed break from politics, but the events of today will not allow me, or us, that luxury,” Ingoglia wrote on his Facebook page. “I want everyone to know that I will indeed be running for…

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Christian Ziegler announces his candidacy for Republican Party of Florida Chair

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Christian Ziegler, the 33-year-old state committeeman for the Sarasota Republican Party, has announced his candidacy for chair of the Republican Party of Florida. “As we turn the page from the election, we have a lot of work to do over the next two years to ensure victory in 2018 — work that takes focus and resources,” Ziegler said in a statement sent to members of the Florida Republican Party Thursday. “In addition to supporting the Trump Administration, we will need to strengthen…

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Florida GOP, Blaise Ingoglia get truce offer from Rick Scott one year after split

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The Republican Party of Florida kicked off the 2016 election year with offers of truces from Gov. Rick Scott and incoming Florida Senate leaders though the party still will have less of the state’s Republican campaign money and political messaging under its control. With unity being a critical theme in a presidential election year commonly carried by Democrats, an emissary for Scott and incoming Senate President Joe Negron both pledged just that Saturday at the party’s annual meeting in Orlando. The pledges come…

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Republican Party of Florida looks back at 2015

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The head of the Republican Party of Florida released a recap of a busy year Wednesday, ahead of a potentially momentous one in 2016. RPOF Executive Director Brad Herold said in his retrospective the state party tried to balance expenditures of time and money trying to win a Presidential cycle in November many observers expect to favor Democrats, while building a game plan to take back legislative seats and keep the Florida Cabinet Republican in the 0ff-year 2018 elections. The year began…

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