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New survey shows the economy, jobs remain top concerns for Floridians

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The most important issue facing Florida in 2016? The economy. The 2016 USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey found the economy remains one of the most important issues facing Florida. The report, released Thursday, found two-thirds of Floridians feel financial stress in their own household. “The notion that the economy has not fully recovered is evident with the economy/jobs cited as the most important issue facing Florida and the lack of well-paying jobs as the greatest threat to the state’s economy,” said…

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Bill Rufty: Diverse Florida electorate crucial in presidential election

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If you are a presidential candidate, you can’t come to Florida with a single, cookie-cutter campaign and speak to issues based on national surveys. Florida is one of the most diverse and perhaps, with 29 electoral votes, the most crucial swing state in the presidential election, University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus told a large audience Thursday evening. MacManus was the leadoff speaker for the new season of the Florida Lecture Series hosted by the Lawton M.…

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Florida Democrats rally for 2016 without Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Rodham Clinton was a no-show Saturday. Ditto Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Florida Democratic Party held a weekend convention to rally supporters for next year’s election without the benefit of a presidential candidate actually showing up. Sure, party activists could pose with life-size cardboard cutouts of Clinton and Sanders, but Clinton was in South Carolina on Saturday and Sanders was in New Hampshire – two of the first four states in the nominating process. While Florida will play a…

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Charlie Crist declares his Independence

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A year after it seemed he was the man to beat for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate and a virtual shoo-in in the general election, Charlie Crist has seen his poll numbers nose-dive and speculation has run rampant about his chances of surviving a primary against tea-party favorite Marco Rubio, the state’s former House speaker. The 53-year-old governor has scheduled a Thursday evening event in his hometown where he will reveal his plans, though three confidants have said he’s…

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Susan MacManus: Charlie Crist not likely to run as Independent

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Some political observers are wondering is Gov. Charlie Crist may give up his bid to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and run as an Independent instead. But USF Political Scientist Dr. Susan MacManus, doesn’t expect Crist to leave the GOP. “I don’t see Charlie Crist going independent, he’s a Republican through and through,” she said. MacManus says the country is focusing on this Senate race, because Florida remains a bellwether state. “Young versus old, moderate versus conservative, it’s…

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In the wake of the tragedy in Haiti, has Kendrick Meek finally found his senatorial voice?

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U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, whose Miami district includes the nation’s largest Haitian community, left on a sudden and dramatic trip to Haiti Sunday to participate in aid efforts and gather information. Accompanying Miami aid workers in Port-au-Prince, Meek ended up capturing the rescue of a 2-year-old girl from the rubble of her home on cell phone video. The video has had broad airplay on national news shows. The trip, Meek’s staff said, was a purely humanitarian effort, motivated by fact-finding…

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Analysis: With election near, Charlie Crist changes

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A sure sign that an election is a year away: Gov. Charlie Crist is changing again. The populist Republican governor is trying to convince people he’s a conservative now that his opponent in the Republican primary for Senate, former House Speaker Marco Rubio, has cut considerably into Crist’s lead in the polls with a conservative message. In the most extreme example of Crist reinventing himself, the governor denied endorsing the $787 billion federal stimulus and put out a radio ad…

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