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For Hillary Clinton, election likely to be won or lost in October

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Each night, Hillary Clinton‘s data experts head to a conference room on the 11th floor of her Brooklyn headquarters, to start counting votes. The sessions in the “early voter boiler room,” as it’s been dubbed by campaign aides, stretch into the early hours of the morning. The team pores over turnout patterns in states where advance voting is already underway, projects how many votes Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have already received, and updates crucial targeting lists of the voters…

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St. Petersburg College faculty petitions for union certification

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The United Faculty of Florida delivered more than 180 signed cards from faculty members at the St. Petersburg College to the Florida Public Employees Relations Committee, calling for certification of a faculty collective bargaining unit at the college. In accordance with state law, the faculty must submit a petition accompanied by 30 percent signed statements indicating the faculty’s “desire to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the petitioning employee organization.” The signed cards from SPC represent about 50 percent…

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Florida union members, unsurprisingly, down on Donald Trump

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A press call set up by the Florida AFL-CIO before Donald Trump‘s Wednesday campaign rally in Jacksonville allowed two union member veterans to rip on the GOP presidential nominee. “I am so puzzled by the insults coming from presidential candidate Donald Trump,” said Matty Rose, an Army vet and 50-year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers in New Smyrna Beach. He served in both South Korea and Vietnam and said he still suffers health effects from Agent Orange, a toxic stew of chemicals…

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Patrick Murphy grabs Laborers’ Union endorsement, tightens hold on unions

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The Laborers’ International Union Of North America announced Friday it is endorsing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in his bid for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, strengthening Murphy’s hold on the labor union sector of the Democratic Party. The half-million member construction workers’ union announced the endorsement at its training center in Pompano Beach. The union joins the Teamsters and the AFSCME, which endorsed Murphy earlier in his contest with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and Palm Beach Gardens labor lawyer Pam Keith for the Democratic nomination. In a news release…

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Wall Street Journal: Anybody but Marco Rubio?

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Party affiliation wasn’t the only thing Gov. Charlie Crist switched when he dropped out of the GOP primary and decided to run as independent in the Florida Senate race. Mr. Crist has piqued the ire of many conservatives by flip-flopping on a number of issues in order to ingratiate himself with liberals. In fact, he’s made so many 180s that many Democrats are now considering throwing their weight and money behind him in order to upend the remaining Republican in…

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Snubbed by AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist now seeking endorsement of, um, Sierra Club

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Asked if he was disappointed he was not endorsed by the Florida AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist said: “I don’t think at all. It would have been nice, obviously, that’s why I went there. But I was awfully proud and pleased to get the teachers’ support. It’s all about getting the support of the people.” Crist, who wooed the unions at their annual meeting this weekend, said he’d welcome the support of other groups, including environmentalists such as the Sierra Club, according…

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