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Southern Strategy Group “trumps” the holidays with annual Christmas card

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Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the highly awaited holiday greetings from Southern Strategy Group, Tallahassee’s foremost lobbying house. Every year, the SSG Christmas card offers a fun take on the year’s biggest political stories, something always guaranteed to bring a buzz – not to mention a few snickers – throughout Florida’s Capitol. And for 2015, there was no shortage of material – from redistricting battles and the behind-the-scenes leadership intrigue in the Florida Senate to a pair of…

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Sunburn for November 19 – Of Paris and Policy

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica. OF PARIS AND POLICY JEB BUSH CALLS FOR US GROUND FORCES TO FIGHT ISLAMIC STATE via Thomas Beaumont of the Associated Press – Bush … called for the U.S. to send more troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State. “This is the war of our time … Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim…

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Charlie Crist criticizes Kendrick Meek on Health Care vote — again

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The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign today released the following statement from Gov. Crist regarding Rep. Meek’s vote blocking an up-or-down vote on the current health care legislation before Congress. “Rep. Meek’s vote to block an up-or-down vote on health care shows that he will put politics over what is in the best interest of Floridians. “Unfortunately, Rep. Meek seems content to ignore the will of the people, and supports Democrat efforts to jam this legislation through by backhanded,…

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NYTimes on Kendrick Meek: Democrat seeks part of spotlight in Florida Senate race

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Representative Kendrick B. Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for Florida’s open Senate seat, listened quietly last week to tales of woe: a college student who nearly ended up homeless because her mother had lost her job; a laid-off mother who paid for health care with credit cards; an electrician struggling to get unemployment benefits. Ignoring the attention being paid to the Republican race, Mr. Meek has been methodically campaigning across the state. Kendrick B. Meek stopped in Orlando, where he…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – GOP politics trumps policy – The Republican legislative caucus that approved an insurance plan in 2008 that has failed to cover a single Floridian now has another health care plan that is more politics than policy. Sen. Carey Baker of Eustis and Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood are pushing a state constitutional amendment aimed at exempting Floridians and their employers from any potential federal mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance. Daytona Beach News Journal –…

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Political Whore leaving Creative Loafing

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From Wayne Garcia, Political Whore: After nearly five years of documenting the inside story of Tampa Bay and Florida politics, my time here is coming to a close. I have accepted a yearlong appointment as the Freedom Forum Visiting Professional at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where I am teaching four sections of investigative journalism and editing this fall. For the past four years, I have worked to complete a Master of Arts degree in Mass…

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My latest op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat

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Two of my passions are gourmet food and politics. When I’m not walking door-to-door for a candidate, I am in front of a stove, near a wine bin or doing something otherwise epicurean. So an event I recently attended was a real McFlurry, a seemingly contradictory juxtaposition that comes out wonderfully by the time you’re finished.I was invited to a campaign fundraiser with a theme of “Cooking with the Candidate” during which a five-course meal was prepared by a master…

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