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Al Cardenas worries about drift of current Republican Party

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Al Cardenas is disturbed about what’s going on with the Republican Party in 2015. A former Republican Party of Florida chairman for two terms and head of the Washington-based American Conservative Union from 2011 to 2014, he’s backing Jeb Bush this cycle, but also maintains ties with Marco Rubio. Cardenas spoke at the RPOF’s Sunshine Summit on Friday afternoon, but the comments he made to a few reporters in a hallway offstage were as interesting as anything he said in…

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NARAL Pro-Choice America revels in Jeb Bush vs. Marco Rubio abortion spat

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According to a report in Tuesday’s New York Times, Right to Rise, the Jeb Bush-backed Super PAC, may be attacking Marco Rubio for his position on abortion rights. The newspaper reports that Mike Murphy, Right to Rise’s chief strategist, recently showed some Republicans a video portraying Rubio as too extreme on abortion. In the first GOP presidential debate, in August, Rubio said that he had “never advocated” laws that would allow abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. That stance…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.10.15 – Right to Rise ready to go nuclear on Rubio?

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The Marco Rubio campaign is making the most out of the blockbuster story in today’s New York Times about the Jeb Bush campaign about to go nuclear on Rubio. Specifically, Right to Rise, Bush’s super PAC, is apparently ready to spend $20 million in attacking Rubio. “Part of running for president is you have to put your big boy pants on and get vetted on the issues, so we know we don’t have a dud candidate running against Hillary Clinton,” Right to Rise chief…

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Email insights: Counting out Jeb Bush is a big mistake

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For anyone who appreciates presidential politics, it would be a fool’s errand to write off Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. In a new email update from Right to Rise PAC – providing exclusive information from the campaign trail – the former Florida governor is far from finished, despite “lagging national polls” and receiving less airtime than any other candidate during the “much-maligned” CNBC debate. According to Right to Rise Chairman Mike Murphy, Bush will ultimately prevail, particularly over last week’s “noise…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.30.15 – Jeb Bush camp intends to keep on bashing Marco Rubio

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Overnight, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the two-year budget deal that will increase spending limits and avert a default. The vote was 64-35, overcoming objections from among others, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Marco Rubio also opposed it. In my quick preliminary research, I’ve been unable to find out how Marco Rubio voted. Realizing that there was one senator missing from the vote, I’m hoping for all our sakes it wasn’t the junior elected representative from Florida. We don’t…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.22.15 — Freedom Caucus hearts Paul Ryan?

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Today could be an interesting day locally and nationally, or it could just be another day of unfulfilled hype: The St. Pete City Council gets together once again to decide on proposals that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to talk to officials in Hillsborough County, a subject we’ve visited more than a few times over the past five years or so. And in Washington, Hillary Clinton goes before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It’s supposed to last for at least eight…

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Mike Murphy says there’s a ‘cynicism’ behind Marco Rubio campaign that will catch up with him

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Mike Murphy says there is a “cynicism” behind the Marco Rubio campaign that he says will ultimately doom the Florida senator’s presidential candidacy. “It’s cynical to run as the creature of new, fresh, while it’s all secret dark money, ” Murphy tells reporter Sasha Issenberg in the second part of a lengthy interview in Bloomberg Politics posted on Wednesday. Murphy, who heads Jeb Bush‘s super PAC Right to Rise, is referring to the fact that the ads that aired this summer calling on viewers…

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