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While Jeb Bush calls for lobbying reforms, American Bridge blasts his economic record in Tally

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In a speech later today he’s scheduled to give at Florida State University, Jeb Bush will say that if elected president, he will use all of his influence to enact into law a six-year ban on lobbying for ex-members of the House and Senate. The former Florida Governor returns to the state capitol to give a speech on government reform at 10 a.m. on the FSU campus, and according to the Washington Examiner, he observed as governor how lobbyists and legislators grew too comfortable in each’s…

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Rubio dismisses ‘Republican Obama’ tag

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From Byron York in the Washington Examiner: Marco Rubio laughs at the idea, heard from some pundits recently, that he’s the “Republican Obama.” “I’m not sure people even want to be the Democrat Obama these days,” he says. For Rubio, the unlikely front-runner in the Florida Republican Senate primary race, the label is a measure of the unhappiness many people feel with their political choices at any given moment. “There’s always this constant desire for new people to enter the…

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Marco Rubio dismisses ‘Republican Obama’ tag

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From Byron York in the Washington Examiner: Marco Rubio laughs at the idea, heard from some pundits recently, that he’s the “Republican Obama.” “I’m not sure people even want to be the Democrat Obama these days,” he says. For Rubio, the unlikely front-runner in the Florida Republican Senate primary race, the label is a measure of the unhappiness many people feel with their political choices at any given moment. “There’s always this constant desire for new people to enter the…

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Susan MacManus: Path to the White House runs through the Senate

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From the Washington Examiner: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s diminished political fortunes are shifting the field for prospective 2012 presidential candidates, with a sudden vacancy on the Republican Party’s short list. “It’s way too early to talk sensibly about the 2012 field, but that’s no reason not to do it,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University. Sanford’s admission of an affair Wednesday after a bizarre four-day absence from public duties effectively deprives Republicans of a promising…

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Washington Examiner: Conservative rebellion against Washington GOP establishment heating up

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From Mark Scott, editor of the Washington Examiner’s Editorial Page: Things really came to a head when the NRSC’s chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to succeed the retiring Sen. Mel Martinez. Crist actively supported President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package, and has signed multiple tax hikes. Cornyn’s endorsement came despite the well-known plans of popular conservative Marco Rubio, the dynamic young speaker of the Florida House, to seek the Martinez seat. An interncecine war between…

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