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Conservatives welcome Donald Trump with delight – and wariness

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For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. This year, they’re learning reality can be complicated. With Donald Trump‘s presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any ideological principles. It’s an uneasy marriage of political convenience at best. Some conservatives worry whether they can trust their new…

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Darryl E. Owens: Evangelical choir singing discordant support for Donald Trump campaign

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You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? —Matthew 7:16 (ESV) Some 2,000 years ago, Peter joined Jesus at the Mount of Olives. That fateful night, the man who walked on water foretold his faithful follower soon would walk away from him. Never, Peter assured. Never. “Truly, I tell you,” Jesus said, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” A Judas kiss and cock-a-doodle-doo later, Peter…

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Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff comes to Tallahassee to decry big money in solar fight

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Infamous former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff spoke in the state capital Tuesday morning, as he joined forces with fellow conservatives in support of lobbying and ethics reforms. Abramoff’s appearance came amid a heated battle between utilities and environmentalist groups over a pair of solar energy amendments set to appear on Florida ballots in 2016. Abramoff, who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion in federal court over a scheme to defraud Native American-run casino interests, told reporters special interests are…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.18.15 — No DWS, no problem. Right, Dems?

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year, but hopefully that doesn’t “pave the way” for fellow South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy to become the groomed nominee in 2016. As a Tampa Bay-based political reporter, I have to admit knowing very little about Congressman Murphy — his philosophy, his temperament. Hell, even his voting record. Yes, there’s plenty of time to find out, but the Democratic Party really has to…

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Tea Party leader Debbie Dooley says new criticism of Florida solar initiative is just ‘lies and deception’

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Debbie Dooley, a founding member of the national Tea Party and a leader of the Atlanta Tea Party, says she always looked up to Ralph Reed as a national icon — until she worked on his 2006 campaign for lieutenant governor in Georgia as a volunteer. So she says she’s not surprised that the Florida offshoot of the group that Reed created in 2009 — the Faith and Freedom Coalition — came out today to criticize her group’s efforts to try to put…

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