U.S. Republican Party Politics

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    August 18, 2014

    Floridians Like Rick Scott, According to GOP-Leaning Florida Chamber of Commerce

    Gov. Rick Scott's job approval rating remains positive, with 50 percent of likely voters approving of the job he's doing. This, according to heavily Republican-leaning Florida Chamber of Commerce's latest poll. Voters have "a more positive view of the future," the FCPI says. And they "favor Governo ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Jeb Bush Getting Pressure From GOP Donors to Run for President

    It would appear that major GOPer donors just aren't thrilled with the chances of a Chris Christie, a Rand Paul, or even a Marco Rubio taking back the White House for the Republicans in 2016. So, they're willing to go all-in with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as their latest savior. According to a re ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Anti-Immigration Group: Don't Let Illegal Immigrants Pay In-State College Tuition Rates

    A group calling itself Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (or, FLIMEN) is putting on the full-court press to get legislators to derail HB 851, a bill that would allow all students who have studied in Florida for three consecutive years the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at a state college o ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Charlie Crist Says Race Was Reason GOP Got Mad Over His Hugging Obama

    Remember when Charlie Crist hugged President Obama and all the GOPers lost their damned minds over it? It happened back in May of 2009 right here in Florida and pretty much signaled the end of Crist's relationship with his fellow Republicans forevermore. Well, Crist appeared on The Colbert Report ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    John Morgan, Medical Marijuana Advocate, Spends $2.8 Million for the Final Push

    Orlando-based attorney and pro-medical marijuana advocate John Morgan has put $2.8 million into the effort to get the legalization of medical marijuana on the Florida ballot come November. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Morgan has given the folks at United for Care a $909,000 loan to advance the ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    GOP Congressional Candidate Ilya Katz: as Wacky as Allen West

    This is one of those columns that practically writes itself. In fact, I could just point you towards Ilya Katz's website and let it go at that: But noooo. Annoying little twerp that I am, I'm going to have a bit of fun with Dr. Katz (trained in "Early Christian Art and Arch ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Republican Party of Florida Releases First Charlie Crist Attack Ad

    Well, that was quick. With Charlie Crist making his announcement on Monday that he's running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Rick Scott in 2014, the Florida GOPers have gone all in on bringing the man down before things can even get started. Yup, the Republican Party of Florida has ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    After Tea Party / IRS Debacle, Republicans Call for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Return Campaign Donation

    In case you missed it, Tea Partiers around the country are mad at the IRS. Long story short: the IRS isn't supposed to let any old group be exempt from paying taxes. Agency rules dictate that it is only supposed to grant 501 (c)(4) status to "social welfare" groups -- ones that don't make politics ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Marco Rubio Is Going to Go Hard to the Hoop On Immigration In the Coming Weeks

    Marco Rubio is about to go all-in on being The Guy For The GOPers in 2016, more so than he already is The Guy For The GOPers in 2016. And he's doing it via the thorny immigration reform policy which, just like every other damn thing in Washington, has split the parties asunder. According to Politi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Florida Likes Hillary Clinton Way More Than Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush

    Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have seemingly been jockeying for position under the proverbial basket for the proverbial rebound that is the run to the White House in 2016 -- particularly in Florida, which is not only a vital swing state but also has the potential to screw up every presidential election u ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Rush Limbaugh Says Fiscal Cliff Is Obama's Plot to End the GOP

    One of the wonderful things about Obama's winning reelection is watching the GOPers immerse themselves in doing what they do best: making loud noises and saying crazy shit that makes even certifiably crazy people say, "Whoa. Thassome crazy shit." But amid the thicket of Benghazi ramblings and other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Palm Beach Voting: Strong Black Turn-Out, Screwed-Up Ballots Scrutinized

    Tropical Storm Sandy had passed and left a clear, crisp morning as early voting started Saturday in Palm Beach County. An estimated 12,250 votes were cast countywide over the weekend, and if the 7 A.M. crowd at the Supervisor of Elections office on Military Trail was any indication, voters were pati ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Marco Rubio Says Obama's Agenda Is Redistribution

    As we mentioned yesterday, Mittington Mittbot's crack team went into damage control over his now infamous "47 percent" remarks by not only releasing a 14-year-old tape that apparently shows Barack Obama wearing a Che T-shirt and saying that the government should send everyone a check for $1 million ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Allen West Goes on National Fundraising Tour: Eight Out-Of-State Fundraisers

    Many blogs have already been written of Congressman Allen West's Friday announcement that he'd raised well over $2 million between April and the end of June. What we didn't know until Sunday afternoon, however, was how he spent it. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission reveal West too ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Koch Industries PAC Donates to Adam Hasner and Connie Mack

    Remember 2010, when the Medicare scooter-riding lunatic fringe of the Republican Party swept to power? Two years later, the people who gave you Allen West and Michele Bachman have stopped making daily headlines, but their influence is still strong.Billionaire oil barons Charles and David Koch, the s ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Newt Gingrich's Broward Co-Chair Was Alleged to Be a Tea Party Faker

    ​Local political blogger Javier Manjarres was in the thick of the heckling drama at the Newt Gingrich rally in Coral Springs yesterday and claimed that one of Gingrich's staffers "assault[ed]" him in the incident he caught on tape.Turns out, that Gingrich staffer is the campaign's Broward co-chair ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Herman Cain Makes a Comeback! (In Ad for Steak Salesman/Senate Candidate Craig Miller)

    Herman Cain is trying to work his magic again, this time by being featured in the new advertisement for U.S. Senate Republican hopeful and former Ruth's Chris steak house CEO Craig Miller.

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    January 12, 2012
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    January 9, 2012

    Joe Kaufman Explains Why He Set Himself Up to Be Clowned on the Daily Show

    ​If you're Joe Kaufman, you have to realize the Daily Show isn't trying to schedule an interview with you to promote your congressional candidacy.Instead, not surprisingly, his interview focused on the comedy -- like what Kaufman thought the definition of "against" was, given the title of his anti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Newsmax Reporting Donald Trump's Book Sales; Hasn't Mentioned He Dropped the Debate

    ​UPDATE: Newsmax figured it out at 3:11 p.m., posting it in a not-so-prominent location.Either Newsmax is the only national media outlet in the U.S. that doesn't know Donald Trump has pulled out of moderating their debate, or they're having a real tough time crafting their damage-control plan ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    South Florida Tea Party Leader Says Donald Trump Is His "First Choice" to Moderate Debate

    ​The GOP debate sponsored by the West Palm Beach-based Newsmax and moderated by Donald Trump is having some difficulties.It has two confirmed attendees -- former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum -- while four have declined, and Rep. Michele Bachmann hasn't responded.Aside ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Florida Voters Confirm Rick Scott's Suspicion: He's Poison for GOP Presidential Candidates

    ​Gov. Rick Scott had a revelation last month: He's not a guy you want to be associated with if you're running for president.The voters -- according to a Public Policy Polling survey released today -- agree with the governor.A plurality of registered Florida voters, 40 percent, said that because of ... More >>

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    June 7, 2011

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Half-Apologizes For Saying Republicans Like Jim Crow Laws

    house.govDebbie Wasserman Schultz​Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't very good at retracting statements.Wasserman Schultz was on CNN Sunday when she said Republicans want to bring states back to Jim Crow-era laws, drawing the ire ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Allen West Stumped for Losing Candidate in Tight New York House Race

    Allen West supported the Medicare plan that's now under fire.​Yesterday, Democrat Kathy Hochul won a closely watched special congressional election in a heavily Republican district in western New York. Why should Sunshine State voters care? Democrats are spinning Hochul's upset victory as evidence ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Broward Republican Party's Chief Sponsors Are Democrats

    ​The Broward Republican Party is holding its "Grand Old Party BBQ" at Ronald Bergeron's ranch next month. Bergeron, a developer, has become more and more involved with the GOP recently, sponsoring just about everything it's been doing, from the recent Lincoln dinner to the party's website. Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Government Shutdown Will Backfire on Republicans

    ​If the government shuts down at midnight tonight, it won't be the first time. The same thing happened at the end of 1995, when a U.S. House led by Newt Gingrich pulled the stunt on Bill Clinton. We all know how that ended. The public blamed the Republicans for the shutdown, and Clinton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Universal Health Care: The Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time

    The Republican Party tries to pretend it has a monopoly on morality, but it's so drenched in sin right now that it ought to be able to feel the hellfire licking its feet. Fort Lauderdale Tea Party leader Gabriel Carrera plays dress-up as a minuteman.​The rotten Tea Party has in its hysteri ... More >>

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    March 13, 2011

    Florida's Loss: Rick Scott's High-Speed Rail Shoot-Down

    Art Seitz Wild Art: Congressman Allen West joins a motley collection of local politicians (including fellow Republican Chip LaMarca, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Charlotte Rodstrom, and Romney Rogers) in Fort Lauderdale for yesterday's St. Patrick's Day festivities. (Photo by Art  ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Marco Poll-O: Rubio Unfazed by Unpopularity, Charlie Crist landed some big endorsements in his first week as a U.S. Senate candidate -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee for one. The Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for another. And there were reports Crist might get the early endorsement of the R ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Florida's 2010 Races Taking Shape; Meek Looking Strong

    Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Kendrick Meek, of Miami,continues to tear up the fund-raising circuit -- an article in today's Roll Call says Meek will report $1.5 million in campaign dollars in the year's first quarter, which ended March 31. His primary competition for that nomination, Florida ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Legislators Pay Lip Service to Dreaded Compromise

    Compromise is what distinguishes the effective, conscientious governments from the dysfunctional ones, and the lack of it has been a drag on the Florida Legislature for some time. One would think that this year's gaping, $6 billion budget hole would make compromisers out of the stubbornest souls. In ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Meek Inching Closer to Frontrunner Status

    It would be one thing if a South Florida paper was heralding U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek as the frontrunner in the U.S. Senate's Democratic primary for 2010. It's a far more auspicious thing that a Tampa Bay paper is making that claim, albeit with some hesitation. Along with Orlando, Jacksonville and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Is Republican Cannibalism Afoot in Florida?

    Being a trafficker in rank speculation and flimsy rumors, I can't help but admire the science-based speculation and rumor creation available on, which I checked approximately 642 times daily in October. The captain of this vessel is Nate Silver, who crunches poll numbers in a way ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008
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    August 4, 2008
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    June 12, 2008

    The Jewish Problem

    Rev up your Swift Boats, boys. The Obama campaign is coming to town.

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    November 15, 2006
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    October 12, 2006

    For The Love Of Crist

    His Three Sons In a recent Republican Party mailing for gubernatorial frontrunner Charlie Crist, they included a picture of Crist clutching a few little boys in a happy pose. Under the picture is this Crist quote: "If we promote and protect our children and strengthen our families, we will go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2006

    Foley Cried At Pages' Farewell Ceremony

    The most interesting moment on the Michelangelo Signorile show on Sirius radio today was when Signorile played a tape recording of Foley's farewell speech to Congressional pages at a Capitol Hill ceremony (not sure of the year). I'm listening to Foley talking about how wonderful the, experience, had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2006

    Negron Screwed

    State Rep. Joe Negron has been chosen -- or condemned -- to run for Congress in Foley's place (with the disgraced rep's name on the ballot). I think his photograph at left says it all. And there is this hilarious understatement from former state Republican Party chairman Tom Slade in Brendan Farring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2006

    What Did Hastert Know, and When Did He Know It?

    The St. Pete Times is one thing, but the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is another. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert knew about some of Mark Foley's shady e-mails months ago, Associated Press writer Devlin Barrett reports. Covering up for a sexual predator in their midst? T ... More >>

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    August 11, 2006

    The Sun-Sentinel Error That Won't Die

    Mehlman: So Many Lies, So Little Time The Republican Party is STILL propagating the screwed-up Sun-Sentinel story on the infamous speech by U.S. Rep. Jack Murtha at Florida International University in June. In a letter to supporters, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman writes that M ... More >>

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    April 10, 2006

    Buddy, the Blog, and the Boot

    In his column on Saturday, Buddy Nevins simply informed readers in the final paragraphs that it was his last. "It's been a great run, but the time has come to meet new challenges." Maucker The explanation didn't come until the next day -- from his Sun-Sentinel Editor Earl Maucker. In his Sunday ... More >>

  • News

    February 23, 2006

    The GOP's Buddy

    If the Sun-Sentinel's Buddy Nevins has declared for Crist, why's he still covering the governor's race?

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    May 20, 2004

    Letters for May 20-26, 2004

    Behead the head shop:

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    April 29, 2004
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    September 11, 2003
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    May 8, 2003

    Out with the Truth

    With his voting record at issue, why won't U.S. Congressman Mark Foley just say that he's gay?

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Waiting For Otto

    Why would a man sullied by Iran-contra and illegal propaganda campaigns be a Bush nominee? Good question.

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    November 9, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters for November 9, 2000

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