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Carlos Beruff broadcasting Spanish ads on TV, radio in Republican U.S. Senate race

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A day after releasing statewide English-language campaign ads, the campaign of Republican Carlos Beruff is starting Spanish-language radio and TV commercials dubbed “Sueño,” or “Dream,” primarily in the Miami market. Both ads briefly and vaguely follow the theme of the Cuban-American’s arrival in the United States in the 1960s to pursue the American dream, and his concern that he now is disappointed that the American dream is being thwarted by business-as-usual politicians and government in Washington. The radio ad includes another theme: Beruff’s…

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Hispanic Republican Club entices voters with free services

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Gearing up for the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary in Florida, The Hispanic Republican Club in Pinellas County is offering up some free services. In what should come as little surprise to anyone, that includes voter registration. The Republican Party has been, in recent years, struggling to maintain relevancy among minority voters. While the party still has a strong showing in Latin communities, that foothold could be shrinking. Voter registration drives are key for both major parties going into elections, particularly…

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Cold war between 2016 GOP rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio heating up

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Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are on course for a collision. There once was mutual public deference. But that has eroded as the Florida Republicans battling for the presidential nomination have come to see the other as the main threat to lofty ambitions: Bush claims the party establishment’s mantle, Rubio wants be the party’s fresh national face. Bush now routinely compares Rubio’s background to Barack Obama‘s before the Democrat became president. Rubio says it’s “time to turn the page,” a…

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Study shows broad support for mandatory Spanish classes in public schools

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According to the most recent survey, there is enough public support for mandating Spanish as a core curriculum in public schools to be approved as a constitutional amendment. A new University of Florida survey showed that two-thirds of those polled agree Spanish should be a required subject for students. “Overall reactions to the notion that Spanish should be a required subject in public schools was far less polarized and more popular than we imagined,” said Chris McCarty, director of the…

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Southern Political Report: Charlie Crist-Marco Rubio battle marks the GOP’s ideological divide

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Rush Limbaugh and Gen. Colin Powell campaign against each other on the airwaves. Yet there will be no settling the score between them at the ballot box. To decide their squabble about the definition and direction of the Republican Party, proxies will stand in next year in Florida’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate. Moderate Gov. Charlie Crist is the prohibitive favorite, of course. He has long since made the watershed rite of passage necessary to make his name known to…

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