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Janet Cruz says she believes Florida Democrats can flip 6 House seats this fall

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Florida Republicans dominate state government in Tallahassee, and in the state House, it’s not even close. Yet incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz says that she “conservatively” believes that the Democrats can flip  six seats this coming fall, and just as importantly, retain that number in 2018, beginning their journey to finally getting close to parity in the GOP-controlled chamber. “So we build six seats now,” Cruz told the audience who gathered early Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia for…

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Steve Schale: Unsolicited advice for Bernie Sanders

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One of the hardest things for a campaign, particularly one completely engaged in the fight, is to see beyond itself.  Typically, this only gets worse when campaigns, both ones winning and losing, reach the desperate phase — the point when you have simply run out of options because the end is near.  Every candidate wants to win, so no campaign, at any level of the ballot, is immune. Right now, Bernie Sanders falls into this box. Over the past month…

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Edward James qualifies by petition in HD 72

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Democrat Edward James is now the first candidate in House District 72 officially on the ballot. The first-time candidate surpassed the threshold of 1,140 verified signatures on Monday. James is locked in a competitive three-way race to succeed Republican Rep. Ray Pilon, who bowed out of a reelection race earlier this year to pursue a Senate seat vacated by GOP Sen. Nancy Detert, who is running for a Sarasota County Commission seat. Medical industry executive Alex Miller and veteran TV reporter John Hill have both emerged as challengers to…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida House rankings, hostile to science, Big Education, Tax Credit Scholarships and all things crafty

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Today on Context Florida: Steve Schale offers his state House rankings for May. As you will see, of the 10 races he profiles, there is only one in the Democratic column. One other caveat, however. These rankings are how Schale sees these races today, and much can (and will) change. He is pretty sure if we checked with a group of Republican and Democratic strategists, you’d find consensus that the map will be fought on the Republican Party side this year.…

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Pinellas newcomer Joseph ‘JB’ Bensmihen is convinced he will win the HD 68 seat this fall

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen hasn’t been in Pinellas County very long. In fact, he officially became a resident only within the last week. So while you might consider that fact alone makes him a decided underdog in the now wide open Pinellas County state House District 68 seat, he doesn’t. And he has an impressive history of exceeding people’s expectations about himself. “I don’t want to sound silly, but I got a gift,” the 47-year-old home health care business exec said last week while speaking…

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Dear Democrats: Think Donald Trump can’t win? Meet Rick Scott

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Dear Democrats: Well, it is a done deal. Republicans have chosen Donald Trump as their nominee, and already, my social media timeline is full of Democrats and Republicans saying this election is over. And I am here to tell you that you are wrong. Yes, I get it.  We all cheered his getting into the race.  I even told a national news outlet that his running was proof of a God that loved me.  And down deep, we all thought…

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Today on Context Florida: It’s over for Bernie Sanders, taxpayer Independence Day, nomination rules and the St. Anthony’s Triathlon

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Today on Context Florida: The Bernie Sanders campaign is over, says Steve Schale. The commanding win by Hillary Clinton should bring an end to the nomination fight. Going into Tuesday night, her delegate lead was over 200, and her popular vote lead was over 2.4 million. We’ll see how the New York delegates get allocated, but her lead will significantly grow and she will add another 200,000 or more her popular vote lead. This in a state that Sanders’ top adviser…

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