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Matt Corrigan talks ‘Conservative Hurricane,’ Jeb Bush 2016

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Surveying the crowd before the beginning of his Wednesday evening speech about Jeb Bush at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville, Matthew Corrigan surveyed the crowd of 20 or so political junkies and brought up former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew. When Askew got to New Hampshire to give the first speech of his doomed presidential bid in 1984, there were three people there to see him. This led Corrigan to observe that “anytime there are more than three people in the room for…

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Reforms for utilities a “baby step”

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Bills that supporters say would tighten the rules governing the panel that sets Florida’s electric rates are moving toward passage in the state Legislature, but some say they’re not enough to end what they call the panel’s too-cozy relationship with big power companies. Several bills filed early in the legislative session regarding the Public Service Commission have been combined into a grab-bag of proposals that stem from controversies over utilities service, several involving Duke Energy. The proposal would set a…

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Martin Dyckman: Winner-take-all primary could backfire on Florida GOP

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The first Florida presidential primary that ever mattered was intended to enhance U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. It dealt him a staggering defeat instead. Florida Republican leaders might want to consider that example before structuring next year’s primary as a winner-take-all clincher for former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. For the Republicans going into 2016, the field is even more volatile than it was for the Democrats in 1972. No assumption is safe.…

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Will Florida Republicans hold a Presidency 6 straw poll this year?

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“If you don’t measure, you don’t really care.” That’s what Jeb Bush told a crowd of supporters at his recent education forum in Tallahassee. The more data, the better, it would seem. Well, not since the days of this amazing vintage footage of Steve Bousquet covering the late Gov. Reubin Askew‘s 1984 presidential run has there been so much concern about a Floridian pursuing the White House. And when it rains, it pours: we have not only frontrunner Jeb Bush to obsess over…

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