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06-09-2014 Super User Blog

Republican Party of Florida Releases New Web Ad

Today, the Republican Party of Florida released a new web ad, "The Right Thing To Do." The ad highlights Charlie Crist...

06-03-2014 Super User Blog

Officer From Bergdahl's Army Unit: He's a Deserter, Not a Hero

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter, not a hero, and "soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down," a former ...

06-03-2014 Super User Blog

Fewest Americans in 7 years seek unemployment aid

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the jo...

06-01-2014 Super User Blog   Dougher, 50, succeeded state party Chairman Lenny Curry, who resigned to run for mayor of Jacksonville. She heads the Clay County GOP, as well as the state committee of county chairs. Dougher, pronounced “doo-er,” won a surprisingly close 106-69 victory over Martin County state committeeman Eric Miller, whose name was placed in nomination from the floor. Gov. Rick Scott, legislative leaders and Curry had agreed on Dougher for the post, but some of the party’s more conservative activists mounted a late protest vote. “There’s a movement of people who want someone not hand-picked by the leadership,” said Leon County GOP Chairman John Paul Bailey. “A lot of people on the executive committee didn’t want to rubber stamp this choice — nothing against her — and wanted to send a message to the leadership.” Bailey declined to say how he voted, but added “it was a good and fair election.” Dougher is the fourth state party chief since the departure of former Chairman Jim Greer, who went to prison for 18 months on a conviction for theft and money laundering involving party contracts. Greer was Crist’s choice for the chair in 2007 and the GOP is happily blaming Crist — now a Democrat running for governor again — for the mess Greer left behind. But at a one-item agenda meeting that lasted barely an hour, under a big tent on the shore of Tampa Bay, speaker after speaker touted Gov. Rick Scott’s record on education, jobs and lowering Florida’s crime rate over the past three years. And several made a point of linking Crist to the Obama administration and Morgan, the wealthy trial lawyer whose “for the people” advertisements are seen on TV, billboards and buses all over the state. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Republicans can’t afford the usual falloff of voter turnout that marks non-presidential election years. “Voter intensity is everything,” said Putnam, who is up for re-election. Few things fire up the GOP base more than mention of trial lawyers and resentment of Crist, who has claimed Republican racial prejudice against Obama was partly responsible for his leaving the GOP in 2010. But Putnam further furrowed Republican foreheads by bringing up the 2016 presidential race. “The road to 2016 begins in Florida in 2014 and if you want Hillary Clinton to have a beachhead in the governor’s mansion of Florida, if you want John Morgan to control the Supreme Court and if you want Charlie Crist back,” Putnam said at a breakfast before the chairmanship vote, shaking his head and leaving the sentence unfinished. “Even respectable Democrats have to laugh at this guy, but he’s dangerous. We can’t afford to go backward with Charlie Crist and John Morgan.” Morgan, who hired Crist to work as an attorney at his firm after the 2010 election, is also bankrolling the Amendment 2 campaign — a medical-marijuana issue, which Scott and the GOP legislative leadership oppose. State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, nominated Dougher for the chair, saying she has been active in Clay County politics for 15 years and headed the county party for six. He said the GOP swept statewide elections in 2010, “and we have the opportunity to do it again” if the party mobilizes behind Scott and generates a large voter turnout. As he left the meeting, Scott said Dougher “is a grassroots person” who will motivate the party in statewide, congressional and local elections. The governor was asked if making Obama a millstone around Crist’s neck is a conscious strategy of his re-election campaign. “This election is about talk versus action,” said Scott. “We got $500 million of tax cuts — $400 million of that, of course, was Charlie’s raise, when you register a motor vehicle. It’s nice we now have a budget surplus — Charlie left me with a $3.6 billion budget deficit.”

Florida Republicans elect new party leader

TAMPA – Signaling a campaign strategy of tying ex-Gov. Charlie Crist to President Obama and Orlando super lawyer John ...

05-31-2014 Super User Blog

Hurrican Season 2014

HURRICANE SEASON STARTS: The six-month hurricane season starts. Also, Floridians will be able throughout the coming week...

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