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Florida primaries eyed: Representation of few, or the many?

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It took just 14,496 votes to win his closed Democratic primary for one of Florida’s 27 congressional seats. Now Darren Soto is virtually assured of going to Capitol Hill, unlikely to face a strong Republican challenge this November in his safely Democratic district. The state senator snared the votes of just 2 percent of the Orlando area district’s 750,000 residents, beating three other candidates in last month’s closed-party, winner-takes-all primary. Only registered Democrats could cast ballots in Soto’s race and…

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Koch network refusing to help Donald Trump

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From a luxury hotel on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, some of the nation’s most powerful Republican donors are rebelling against Donald Trump. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, host of the exclusive weekend retreat, did not mention Trump by name as warned that political leaders are giving “frightening” answers to America’s challenges. One of his chief lieutenants was more direct as he made clear that Koch’s expansive political network would not use its tremendous resources to help Trump win this…

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Joe Henderson: It’s not that Marco Rubio reneged; it’s that he did a lousy job in Senate

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The fact Marco Rubio reneged on his vow not to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate isn’t that big of a deal. Politicians change their minds all the time. A much bigger deal — and a reality Marco apologists choose to ignore — is the fact Rubio has done a spectacularly lousy job since elected to the Senate in 2010. And then there is this: Part of his motivation to return to a job he loudly and often claimed to loathe…

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Supreme Court vacancy is tangible test for 2016 candidates

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The presidential election just got real. The unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — and the immediate declaration from Republicans that the next president should nominate his replacement — adds even more weight to the decision voters will make in November’s general election. For months, the candidates have espoused theoretical, sometimes vague, policy proposals. Now, the prospect of President Barack Obama‘s successor nominating a Supreme Court justice immediately after taking office offers a more tangible way for voters…

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Associated Industries endorses Marco Rubio

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Frankly, this is about as surprising as the ending to a bad movie: Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today announced its endorsement of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, Republican candidate for United States Senate.  A member of the Florida Legislature from 2000-2008, Rubio continues to oppose anti-business legislation including the federal Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), known as card check legislation, that would hinder the freedom of employees, and cap-and-trade policies, which would have severe consequences on the state’s…

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Pinellas GOP chair JJ Beyrouti on Charlie Crist: ‘He is now our opponent’

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Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman JJ Beyrouti released a statement on Charlie Crist’s decision to drop out of the GOP primary and run as an Independent: It is with deep regret that we receive the news today that Governor Charlie Crist has chosen to abandon the Republican Primary process and seek election to the United States Senate as a candidate with no party affiliation. The process used by the Republican Party to pick its nominees is carefully designed to…

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Pinellas GOP chair JJ Beyrouti on Charlie Crist: ‘He is now our opponent’

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Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Chairman JJ Beyrouti released a statement on Charlie Crist’s decision to drop out of the GOP primary and run as an Independent: It is with deep regret that we receive the news today that Governor Charlie Crist has chosen to abandon the Republican Primary process and seek election to the United States Senate as a candidate with no party affiliation. The process used by the Republican Party to pick its nominees is carefully designed to…

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