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Trump campaign Florida chief Karen Giorno seeks national Republican post

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Karen Giorno, a former Donald Trump campaign senior adviser and Florida campaign director, announced Friday she is a candidate to be the state’s National Republican committeewoman for the Republican National Committee.

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Sharon Day says Donald Trump offered her a job in White House, mum on details

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President Donald Trump has offered Republican Party of Florida National Committeewoman Sharon Day an as-yet-unannounced role in his administration. Day, who has been with the Florida GOP since 2004, said she would provide more information about the job “at a later date.” “I have been offered a position within the White House administration,” Day told the audience at the RPOF spring quarterly meeting Saturday morning at the Tampa DoubleTree Hotel. Although she was not at liberty to divulge any details about the position, Day did…

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RNC’s ground game behind Donald Trump deserves more credit for Florida victory

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Plenty of congratulations are going out to the Donald Trump campaign, which is well-deserved. Others unhappy with the outcome are expressing other sentiments. Several pundits are in the process of analyzing and pronouncing “winners and losers.” In Florida, the lists on both sides are long, but not necessarily complete. The Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith correctly mentions Trump’s Florida director Susie Wiles and most certainly grassroots workhorses, like Deborah Cox-Roush on the winners side. Though not mentioned, the Republican Party of Florida did what they could with the…

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RPOF adopts new ballot rule for Presidential Primary

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) on Friday approved a plan for candidates running in the state’s presidential preference primary that doesn’t require them to pay homage to the party faithful. The state’s GOP executive committee voted 35-1 to adopt a rule that gives candidates options to get on the ballot, instead of making them show up to November’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando. The lone “no” vote was not immediately identified. Now, candidates may also task volunteers to get at least 125 signatures in each of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.4.15 — Political speed-date dialing in Manchester

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Fourteen Republican candidates for president met last night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. It was the equivalent of political speed-dating, and none of them on stage were named Donald Trump. (By the way, do those things happen anymore? I did it twice in the early aughts, and what I remember from the experience was  how weary I was after standing up and moving to another table every three minutes.) Upshot? From this reporter’s perspective sitting on a couch in Tampa’s V.M. Ybor…

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Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered, in other words, the Delmar Johnson story

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For the past year, Delmar Johnson mixed and mingled with the well-heeled and powerful, chasing checks from large Republican donors from fishing piers in Key West to a football stadium in Boston. But even as the economy soured and GOP fundraising lagged, Johnson earned more than perhaps any party leader in Florida history — at least $408,000 as executive director and chief fundraiser for the Republican Party of Florida. His total pay was more than triple what party chairman Jim…

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