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NRSC launches website to bracket Patrick Murphy’s campaign

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Within hours of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy announcing a bid for the U.S. Senate, the National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a new website “welcoming” the Jupiter Democrat to the race. “After barely serving one term in the House of Representatives … Murphy is already asking Floridians for a promotion,” says a NRSC statement. “Fittingly, Murphy has decided to launch his campaign on the anniversary of ObamaCare in an effort to highlight his support for its $716 billion in cuts to Medicare.” To…

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History shows Patrick Murphy facing tough road in possible 2016 Senate run

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After coming off a significant re-election win last November, word is that two-term U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy could announce a bid for the U.S. Senate by the end of the month. The Jupiter Democrat has “emerged as the top pick of Senate Democratic leadership,” reported Marc Caputo in POLITICO on Thursday. Murphy, one of few bright spots for Democrats in 2014, represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District, which covers much of the Treasure Coast. He was re-elected with nearly 60 percent…

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John Kerry speaks out on Florida’s ‘climate change’ ban

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words “climate change” are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration. Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts. “Now folks, we literally do not have the time to waste debating whether we can say ‘climate change,’” Kerry said during a speech at The Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. “Because no…

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Jeb Bush’s emails detail communications with top donors

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Among the many thousands of emails Jeb Bush received as Florida governor are a string of notes from campaign donors asking for favors and making suggestions. Invariably, Bush responded quickly. Sometimes, he appointed a person a donor had recommended for a position. Other times, he rejected advice about a piece of legislation. It’s an insight into Bush’s work as governor that’s possible only because his emails are open for review, something not yet available for those sent and received by…

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Study: Conservatives say they’re happy, but liberals show it

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Conservatives say they are happier, but liberals show more cheer in smiles, word choice and even emoticon use, claims a new scientific study. Other researchers found fault with the study, which looked at how Democrats and Republicans differ in positive language in speeches entered into the Congressional Record, photos in the congressional directory, tweets by followers of the two different political parties, LinkedIn photos associated with advocacy groups, and answers to psychological satisfaction-with-life surveys. The scientists found Democrats in Congress…

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Email insights: Tom Rooney takes on ATF

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Federal regulators took it too far when they tried to ban the popular M855 sporting ammo, says U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney. Now, in a new email blast, Rooney is promoting the steps he is making to ensure government overreach as that does not happen again. Public pressure forced the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to withdraw plans to ban M855. That close call drove the Florida Republican – as well as 40 cosponsors — to press the ATF, among…

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