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Will Scott Fuhrman become the ‘accidental congressman?’

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Could Scott Fuhrman, challenging Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, be this year’s Tim Mahoney? And is there a path for Fuhrman to become 2016’s “accidental” member of Congress that doesn’t involve Ros-Lehtinen having a Mark Foley-like implosion? Increasingly, the answer to both questions keeps inching toward “yes.” The Cook Political Report recently included CD 27 in its list of 45 seats that moved from the “safe Republican” column to “likely Republican.” POLITICO likewise featured Fuhrman in an…

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Leftover campaign cash? Ex-lawmakers find plenty of uses

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No matter how they exited – a loss, a resignation, a retirement – former members of Congress can pretty much do whatever they want with leftover campaign cash as long as it’s political or charitable. Evan Bayh has kept $10 million in campaign contributions since leaving the Senate in 2011, raising plenty of questions about the Indiana Democrat’s political future or perhaps his children’s. Mary Landrieu has more than $146,000 since her Senate loss last year and the Louisiana Democrat…

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Personnel note: Kirk Fordham heading to Petrizzo Group

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Kirk Fordham is joining The Petrizzo Group, a PR and lobbying concern in Washington, as senior vice president, according to a news release. He was the long-time chief of staff to former GOP U.S. Rep. Mark Foley and served as finance director to Republican Mel Martinez’s successful U.S. Senate campaign. Fordham, who departs Gill Action in Colorado, “will work with a variety of clients across the nation on government relations strategy, philanthropy advising and local and national advocacy efforts.” “I am pleased to join…

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Today on Context Florida: Floridian spending power, Franklin Graham, Escambia kids and Mark Foley

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Today on Context Florida: Presidential candidates talking about the national economy should be concerned with the spending power of the average Floridian, says Dale Brill. What Florida voters signal via the ballot box likely will be influenced by their weakening spending power and reactions to policies that offer viable solutions. How are Floridians doing? Let’s turn to the numbers. Trends across four indicators provide a starting point for conversations about the health of Florida’s economy: median household income; personal income per…

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National Review: Why I am not worried about Marco Rubio yet

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From National Review: Lots of readers are looking at new polls in Florida and getting worried about Marco Rubio. I’m not, yet. I’d like to see Rubio leading, obviously, but a couple of things are jumping out at me in recent polling. 1. Democrats are wavering between Crist and Meek. Until April, Kendrick Meek was above 20 percent in a three-way matchup; since then, the bottom has fallen out; in the last four, he’s hit 15, 17, 15, and 14 percent. This is…

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National Review: Why I am not worried about Marco Rubio yet

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From National Review: Lots of readers are looking at new polls in Florida and getting worried about Marco Rubio. I’m not, yet. I’d like to see Rubio leading, obviously, but a couple of things are jumping out at me in recent polling. 1. Democrats are wavering between Crist and Meek. Until April, Kendrick Meek was above 20 percent in a three-way matchup; since then, the bottom has fallen out; in the last four, he’s hit 15, 17, 15, and 14 percent. This is…

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Someone’s dumping a Charlie Crist portrait on eBay, but Florida Republican Party says, ‘Not us’

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Someone is trying to peddle a portrait of ex-Republican, newly-independent Charlie Crist on eBay. But the Florida Republican Party is disavowing any association with it or the sale. Although party officials said Friday they planned to auction off a used portrait of Crist recently removed from GOP headquarters, the one currently up for bid is not theirs — despite the seller’s advertised name: “florida_gop.” “I just found out about that a few minutes ago. That’s not ours,” said Katie Betta, spokeswoman for the state…

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