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Repeal and replace — The end of traditional conservatism

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As a lifelong Republican and a former Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, I have always preferred voting for the Republican and conservative candidate. Preferably, the candidate is both Republican and conservative, although that is not always the case. For only the second time in my life, I did not vote for the Republican presidential nominee:  I found him neither Republican nor conservative. I know there are different strands of conservatism: classical, neo-cons, libertarians, religious and economic conservatives. I found…

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Pinellas GOP chair JJ Beyrouti on Charlie Crist: ‘He is now our opponent’

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Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman JJ Beyrouti released a statement on Charlie Crist’s decision to drop out of the GOP primary and run as an Independent: It is with deep regret that we receive the news today that Governor Charlie Crist has chosen to abandon the Republican Primary process and seek election to the United States Senate as a candidate with no party affiliation. The process used by the Republican Party to pick its nominees is carefully designed to…

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Pinellas GOP chair JJ Beyrouti on Charlie Crist: ‘He is now our opponent’

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Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman JJ Beyrouti released a statement on Charlie Crist’s decision to drop out of the GOP primary and run as an Independent: It is with deep regret that we receive the news today that Governor Charlie Crist has chosen to abandon the Republican Primary process and seek election to the United States Senate as a candidate with no party affiliation. The process used by the Republican Party to pick its nominees is carefully designed to…

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Paula Dockery: Why I voted against Senate Bill 6

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Had Senate Bill 6 simply rewarded exceptional teachers with extra pay I would have supported it. Had it simply phased out tenure for new and existing teachers, I would have voted in its favor. Had it actually offered a way to remove bad teachers, I would have signed on as co-sponsor. But as I have found so often in public life, the devil is in the details. And on close examination, SB6 violates my core conservative principles – less government,…

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