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Jeb Bush: New gun limits not way to prevent shooting tragedies

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New gun control measures are not the way to prevent mass killings such as the shooting deaths of nine people in a South Carolina church, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Saturday. Bush, who plans to meet with black ministers in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, said identifying potentially violent people before they commit such crimes is a better approach than further restrictions on gun ownership. “We as a society better figure out how we identify these folks long before…

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South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wants flag removed

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Those who remember Steve Spurrier from his days at the University as Florida understand that Spurrier isn’t one to silence his own opinion. Sometimes, that involves politics. Spurrier, the coach at South Carolina, has come out in favor of the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of South Carolina’s state Capitol in Columbia. A day earlier, Spurrier’s supervisor, athletic director Ray Tanner, had come out in favor of the removal. “The South Carolina football team, players and coaches…

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Jeb Bush on Confederate flag: S.C. will do ‘the right thing’

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Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue. Some still steered clear from the sensitive debate, even after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston further exposed the raw emotions about the flying the flag. Many see the Confederate flag as “a…

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Scott Walker to blow off Florida in 2016?

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Strange as it may sound, Scott Walker has been overshadowed in the press over the past month, despite the fact that the Wisconsin governor continues to lead everyone in Iowa and is second in most polls in New Hampshire and in national surveys. But he certainly made news when he suggested on Laura Ingraham‘s nationally syndicated radio program Tuesday morning that if in fact he gets into the race (like Jeb Bush, he’s non-candidate officially at the moment), he’s likely to stay…

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Are the early primary states a big deal anymore?

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Few states have shaped presidential politics like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. By hosting the nation’s first presidential primaries and caucuses, the states have heaped political and financial rewards for decades on successful candidates and hastened the end for underachievers. Yet their clout may be declining in 2016. Campaign aides and veteran political operatives expect the Republicans’ next primary season to extend well beyond the first three states, thanks to an explosion of well-financed super PACs, a robust stable…

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Senate votes to move Florida presidential primary to March 15, 2016

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The Florida Senate today unanimously approved a bill that will move the state’s presidential primary moves from January to March 15, 2016. This is significant because that date is the first day the state can conduct, if it chooses as expected, a primary with a winner-take-all prize for the victor. New rules announced by the Republican National Committee require the awarding of convention delegates based upon the percentage of votes earned for any primaries held between March 1 and March…

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Marco Rubio ‘invisible’ to reporters on South Carolina trip

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  Aware of the potentially uncomfortable imagery of a hotshot Senate candidate glad-handing in a state known as a White House launching pad, aides to Marco Rubio and Jim DeMint were quick to downplay the trip shortly after it was announced, calling it a routine fundraising effort. That concern was likely a chief reason why Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker who commands a healthy lead against Crist in recent polls, was largely invisible to members of the media during the…

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