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Blogger still irate over Justice James E.C. Perry’s continued presence at Supreme Court

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Conservative blogger Ed Whelan isn’t giving up his position that retired Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry continuing to work on pending cases “appears to be in plain violation of Florida law.” Whelan wrote on National Review Online last week that Perry was wrongly “displac(ing)” Justice C. Alan Lawson, the newest conservative jurist on the state’s high court. In the court’s defense, spokesman Craig Waters explained that the court’s “longstanding practice for many decades has been that retiring justices remain in senior status to…

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Marco Rubio: No more Cult of Charlie Crist

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As the Crist-Greer story develops, Marco Rubio isn’t sweating. He tells National Review Online that the Florida GOP’s woes are serious, but a story from the past that damages Crist more than the GOP brand. “Our party turned the corner a couple months ago when John Thrasher was elected chairman,” Rubio says. “We’re now focused on what the GOP is supposed to be about: Promoting ideas that will help us maintain majorities in state government and attain them at the federal level. That’s what…

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Charlie Crist: Joe Lieberman was right, ‘I’m much happier now’

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Charlie Crist tells National Review Online that a conversation with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) helped to convince him to run for U.S. Senate as an independent. “[Lieberman] told me that [going independent] is the most liberating thing,” Crist says. “He was right. I’m much happier now, to be perfectly candid.” Crist tells us that he plans to run a “positive campaign” against his two main opponents, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. “I’ll be a happy warrior,” he promises.…

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Charlie Crist: Joe Lieberman was right, ‘I’m much happier now’

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Charlie Crist tells National Review Online that a conversation with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) helped to convince him to run for U.S. Senate as an independent. “[Lieberman] told me that [going independent] is the most liberating thing,” Crist says. “He was right. I’m much happier now, to be perfectly candid.” Crist tells us that he plans to run a “positive campaign” against his two main opponents, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. “I’ll be a happy warrior,” he promises.…

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National Review: Is a comeback in store for Charlie Crist

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  Last spring, Charlie Crist seemed to have it all: popularity, a sharp tan, and a surefire ticket to Washington as Florida’s next U.S. senator. Now the Republican governor is struggling mightily to catch up with conservative Marco Rubio, a former speaker of the state house, in the Sunshine State’s GOP Senate primary. With six months until the vote, Crist spoke with National Review Online about his flagging campaign, Rubio’s rise, President Obama, and the future of Republican politics. Crist…

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