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Mitch Perry Report for 3.2.16 – How safe will it be for Republicans to endorse Donald Trump?

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We were prepared not to weigh in on the results from last night’s Super Tuesday results, but watching the evisceration of Chris Christie on Twitter last prompted a closer look at what Florida GOP strategist Rick Wilson writes about in today’s Daily Beast. “Far from having the same kind of Kevlar media armor Trump enjoys, if you think you inherit his invulnerability, you’re deeply, sadly mistaken,” Wilson writes, referring to Republicans like Christie, who have come out and endorsed the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.19.16 – Sorry, LeBron. Actually not sorry

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I know soccer aficionados (somewhat pretentiously) like to call their favorite sport “The Beautiful Game.” As much as I respect that it’s the world’s favorite sport, it ain’t America’s. That would be football. Personally, I would advocate that basketball is actually the most beautiful sport when it’s executed the way the San Antonio Spurs did two years ago in defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and what the Golden State Warriors did last year. The Warriors were…

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With respect, Carlos López-Cantera’s announcement video didn’t impress me

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After months of speculation, and to the surprise of almost nobody, Lt. Gov. Carlos López-Cantera yesterday announced his run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio. Unfortunately part of this rollout was a very underwhelming announcement video (the English version). With TV and media pros, including Rick Wilson, on CLC’s team, many of Florida’s political observers were surprised to see such a lackluster video. Critics point out the audio quality of this footage alone should have been a red flag. Add…

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House-Senate healthcare fight nastily playing out on the Twitters

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The intense intra-cameral friction that defined the 2015 legislative session seems not to have dissipated after a few weeks off but rather compounded, culminating in the most antagonistic legislative hearing of the year at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee. There, budget chief Tom Lee led a chorus of indignant senators who excoriated AHCA deputy director Justin Senior for allegedly evading Senate staff and showing favor to the House’s position on the revamped FHIX 2.0 healthcare expansion plan later approved by the committee. Charges of malfeasance,…

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Is Marco Rubio’s Tallahassee fundraiser an indication he’s winning the Sheldon Adelson primary?

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It’s been said many times and many ways but in light of the host-committee dynamics behind Marco Rubio‘s April 7 breakfast fundraiser in Tallahassee, it bears repeating: the road to Florida’s 2016 GOP presidential contest may well run through the Las Vegas estate of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Rubio was reportedly on the outs with the Adelson folks after declining an invitation — along with rival and Twitter combatant U.S. en. Rand Paul, who is derided as an isolationist in some pro-Israel circles — to…

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Rick Wilson in Politico: Let Hillary do the talking

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Rick Wilson‘s reputation is that of somebody who minces few words. The Clintons, on the other hand, inhabit an elite echelon of world-historical prevaricators. In that spirit, Wilson served up a stiff dose of what he really thinks about the Hillary Clinton email “scandal,” such as it is, in Sunday’s POLITICO –– along with some pointed thoughts on how Republicans can best make hay out of it. After eagerly cheerleading Barack Obama for eight years, [the press] stood ready to help break the…

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Bill McCollum has worked part-time for the past two months, schedule shows

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From the Palm Beach Post: Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has carried a part-time workload for the past two months, according to his schedule posted on his Web site. McCollum, a Republican who announced his candidacy for governor on May 18, has worked an average of about 22 hours a week since May 1, the records show. During the same period, McCollum has averaged nearly 17 hours a week of “personal time” during normal business hours. He has worked 178…

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