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Please don’t go there, Adam Putnam

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“Nobody roots for Goliath.” The immortal words of Wilt Chamberlin were on my mind Monday after Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (at long last) announced that he is running for Florida governor. Chamberlain, the All-World center and only NBA player to ever score 100 points in a game, was talking about the belief that he did not receive the respect and appreciation he deserved vis-à-vis his rival, Bill Russell. Fans had the impression Chamberlain’s size and physical gifts made the game…

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Steve Schale: Dear Donald Trump press corps: Welcome to my house

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Dear Traveling Trump Press Corps: Well, the sputtering, crashing, and long-since derailed Trump Train is headed to my town, Tallahassee. I, for one, will admit it, I cannot believe how badly he and his shop are at campaigning. Take all of the personal flaws of Donald Trump aside; I really believed he would rise to the occasion of running a campaign at least somewhat worthy of the office he seeks. Back in 2008, when one of my staff would do…

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Patrick Murphy to debate Marco Rubio two times before Nov. 8 election

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Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio announced Monday they would debate three times and participate in a separate campaign forum, bringing an end to speculation Murphy was reluctant to engage in debates with the GOP Senate incumbent. However, there’s still a dispute about how many events they will actually have, because Rubio says two of the events have ties to Murphy supporters. The first debate will be held in Orlando on October 17, and is sponsored by POLITICO, ABC affiliate WFTV, and Cox Media, and will be…

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No, Brian Burgess, Chris Sprowls will not ‘feel the Bern’

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Isn’t it fun to have new friends to play with? That’s how I felt when I learned that Republican communications operative Brian Burgess was launching The Capitolist website where he (and other notables like Sarah Rumpf) blogs and aggregates. I’ve always been of the opinion that Florida politics needed more bloggers and tweeters and writers. At the national level, when the blogosphere was a new, exciting place, the best of the national bloggers, like Andrew Sullivan, would complement and link to each other’s work one day,…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera super PAC highlights Marco Rubio’s support

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The fundraising committee backing U.S. Senate hopeful Carlos Lopez-Cantera is assuring his supporters the lieutenant governor has the backing of Marco Rubio. In an email to supporters Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Reform Washington, the super PAC backing Lopez-Cantera, said Rubio “put the rampant rumors that he was reconsidering running for his Senate seat to rest.” The email then pointed to several recent articles, including a story by Heatstreet contributor Sarah Rumpf, that said Rubio was making fundraising calls for Lopez-Cantera.…

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Curt Clawson is why we can’t have nice things

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Judging by the expression on her face, Lizbeth Benacquisto appeared genuinely surprised — and touched — by the standing ovation given to her by her colleagues in the Senate upon her return to the Florida Legislature. The date was April 23, 2014, and it was the day after Benacquisto finished second in the four-way Republican primary to replace Trey Radel, who had been forced from office after being arrested in Washington D.C. on drug charges. Radel represented Florida’s 19th Congressional District, which encompasses most of…

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How Gary Fineout and John Kennedy pwned Fox News

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Last night, for maybe the first time in his political career, Rick Scott was sought after. National reporters were chasing after his spokeswoman. The talking heads were searching for his shiny head. The hashtag #WorstGovernorInFloridasModernHistory did not immediately appear next to @FLGovScott on Twitter. Last night, Rick Scott was a wanted man — and for all the right reasons. As discussed in Tuesday’s Sunburn, the rumor du jour was that Scott would endorse Donald Trump for president at a news conference Trump…

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