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Bill Nelson again talking the ‘centrist’ talk regarding Supreme Court nominee

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Senator Bill Nelson does a good job of talking the moderate, bipartisan approach in the U.S. Senate. In the end, he nearly always votes with the liberals in his party. To be sure, Sen. Marco Rubio votes primarily the same way as his Republican colleagues. The difference is Rubio makes no statements about being a centrist. He makes it clear he is a conservative and votes that way. Nelson, who is up for re-election in 2018, has a high-profile vote…

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NFL adds two political pros to PR, lobbying teams

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After a series of public relations setbacks over the past two years, the National Football League (NFL) has hired two veteran Washington PR professionals on Tuesday to help stanch the bleeding. Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart joins the league as Executive Vice-President of Communications. Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs Cynthia Hogan received a promotion to Executive Vice-President of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Despite the NFL’s popularity among fans and advertisers, Lockhart joins the NFL at a time…

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Marco Rubio jabs Republican leaders: Anger not enough

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In a swipe at his party’s front-runners, Republican White House hopeful Marco Rubio charged Saturday that anger alone isn’t enough to qualify someone to be president. “We also have to have someone for president who knows exactly what they’re going to do when they get there,” the Florida senator said, as he courted Iowa voters ahead of the state’s Feb. 1 caucuses. Rubio called out leading candidates, real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, by name during…

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High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

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(UPDATED) The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Florida’s controversial system that allows judges, and not juries, to decide whether or not convicted criminals deserve the death penalty. The high court ruled 8-1 against the current system, with only Justice Samuel Alito dissenting. The court sided with Timothy Lee Hurst, who was convicted of the 1998 murder of his manager at a Popeye’s restaurant in Pensacola. A jury divided 7-5 for death, but a judge imposed the sentence. Under Florida…

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Marco Rubio: ‘It’s curious’ how Charlie Crist came to oppose Sonia Sotomayor

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From Talking Points Memo: Former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio is having a rough time in his campaign for Senate, in which he’s running as an insurgent conservative challenger against moderate Gov. Charlie Crist — but he’s claiming credit for pushing Crist to the right. Crist recently came out against the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court — putting himself to the right of retiring GOP Sen. Mel Martinez, the man that Crist and Rubio are aiming…

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Huff Post: GOP’s other Latino problem

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From Chris Weigant: I wrote yesterday about the political conundrum Republicans (especially those in the Senate who actually get to vote on her confirmation) find themselves in over Sotomayor. But there’s another struggle within the party over a Latino candidate with more profound overtones for the party as a whole, down in the race for a Senate seat in Florida. It seems these days, Republicans just can’t attempt to do anything right without landing themselves in hot water as a…

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