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Steve Schale jumps aboard Kendrick Meek express

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Steve Schale, the Obama campaign’s Florida director and one of the few Democratic operatives worth a damn, announced this morning directly to the blogosphere his support of Kendrick Meek for the US Senate: Dear Kenneth, Last year, I had the great honor of leading the Obama campaign here in Florida. For five months, I had the greatest job in the land working with what I believe was the most amazing organization of volunteers ever assembled. But as rewarding as it…

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Sarah Palin’s impact on Charlie Crist

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Sarah Palin’s sudden and unexpected announcement that she will resign as governor of Alaska at the end of the month could have a substantial impact on Southern politics. For starters, if Palin’s decision to resign indicates that she will now gear up for a 2012 campaign for president, she will provide effective competition to two Dixie GOPers who also harbor presidential ambitions, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Florida Gov. — soon to be US Senator? — Charlie Crist. Read…

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Fresh from underwriting legislative coup in NY, billionaire Tom Golisano to run for Senate in Florida?

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There are rumblings in the blogosphere that billionaire businessman Tom Golisano — a former three-time Independent candidate for New York Governor — is now contemplating a Democratic run for Florida’s open US Senate seat. Golisano, who owns homes in both New York and Florida, recently switched his residency to the Sunshine State. The New York Times also reported Golisano was the driving influence beyond the recent New York Senate leadership coup which threw the body into turmoil. Always the fundraiser,…

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National reaction to Charlie Crist announcement

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Preliminary reaction to Charlie Crist’s announcement has been generally positive. C. Science Monitor: Crist may represent the GOP’s best chance for keeping it red. Even if Crist crossed party lines last February to endorse President Obama’s stimulus package. CNN: The senator from Texas and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday reeled in a big catch as popular Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Huffington Post: Popular GOP Gov. Charlie Crist is passing on an easy re-election bid and…

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