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The Delegation for 4.13.17 – Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

(blog) (blog)If Trump opts to keep Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, Wilson says Trump maintains a “poisonous, post-conservative nationalism and thinly-veiled racial and religious...

Jacksonville Bold for 8.16.16 — Must-see TV

(blog) (blog)“Former and current Jax councilmen close ranks, back Clay Yarborough in HD 12” via AG Gancarski of – The endorsers: Michael Corrigan,...

Sunburn for 8.02.16 – Tim Kaine in Florida; Sally Bradshaw's ...

(blog) (blog)FIRST & FOREMOST — GOOD NEWS FOR A GREAT PERSON: ASHLEY WALKER NAMED PARTNER AT MERCURY — The bipartisan public strategy firm ...and more »...

Jacksonville Bold for 7.29.16 — The business of Jacksonville is business

(blog) (blog)However, the center-right consensus that animates conservatives of the Jax Chamber – and the politicians who push their agenda – is one of...

Jacksonville Bold for 07.19.16 — Getting to 'Yes'

(blog) (blog)Council members Garrett Dennis, Joyce Morgan and Matt Schellenberg, in a meeting of the Neighborhoods, Community Investments, and Services committee raised serious questions...

Sunburn for 7.18.16 – Day One of #RNCinCLE

(blog) (blog)You can buy them just about anywhere — Amazon, Etsy, niche retailers like Conservative Outfitters, which lists numerous Reagan/Bush items among its bestsellers,...

Endorsement watch: Florida Parents Against Common Core, Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida, Florida Retail ...

(blog) (blog)“Jay Fant has quickly distinguished himself as a strong conservative leader in Northeast Florida,” said Treadwell. “I am honored to have his support,...

Jacksonville Bold for 6.25.16 — Many will enter, few will win

(blog) (blog)As of noon Friday, the qualifying period for races for the state House, Senate, and Northeast Florida districts for the U.S. House of...

Sunburn for 6.21.16 – A cautionary tale for Qualifying Week

(blog) (blog)Just one thing, though: Soto's record on guns is about as conservative as a Democrat can get away with, and even to the...

Jacksonville Bold for 06.14.16 — Atrocity exhibition

(blog) (blog)Uber lambasts John Crescimbeni: “For months, we have been working with Chairman Schellenberg and members of the Council on sensible regulations like those...

DIVIDED AMERICA: Evangelicals feel alienated, anxious

(blog) (blog)Even in this deeply religious swath of western Kentucky — a state where about half the residents are evangelical — conservative Christians feel...

Jacksonville Bold for 6.7.16 – The meaning of Vernell Bing's life and death

(blog) (blog)Lake Ray, Hans “Rawhide” Tanzler III, St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure, David Foxx, and retired Naval Intelligence specialist Julia Fletcher, to make...

Sunburn for 6.2.16 – Another day, another great education summit

(blog) (blog)Discussion Leader: David Moore, president, Moore Strategic Consulting; Chris Hart, IV, CEO, CareerSource Florida; Charles Hokanson, senior vice president and chief policy officer,...

Sunburn for 5.27.16 – The Libertarians are coming to town

(blog)Johnson's platform includes conservative favorites, balanced budget and tax reform; and liberal favorites, supporting a woman's right to chose abortion, and an end to...

Sunburn for 5.25.16 – Rick Scott heads to Hogwarts to cheerlead for education

(blog) (blog)Bush had originally founded the conservative foundation in 2008 to lobby for school choice and reform. ... Charlie Dean, an Inverness Republican who...

Jacksonville Bold for 5.20.16 – Will voters punish Angela Corey and Matt Shirk for closing primaries?

(blog) (blog)Gibson and Moné Holder, director of New Florida Majority's north regional office, called on the write-in candidates to withdraw from the race. “Republican...

Sunburn for 5.17.16 — What will Carlos Beruff say next?

(blog) (blog)“I thank the debate attendees who cast their ballots for me and hope they'll join in my fight to fix Washington and return...

Sunburn for 5.10.16 – Who are the rising stars of Florida politics?

(blog) (blog)Instead, I will focus my attention on representing the people of Florida, retaining a conservative majority in the Senate and electing principled conservatives...

Sunburn for May 6 – Maneuvering for 2016 and 2018

(blog) (blog)That's not totally implausible given his demonstrated strength in the state during the primary season and the fact that a decent chunk of...

Sunburn for May 2 – The best of INFLUENCE; Hillary Clinton's Florida person; NRCC vs. David Jolly; Dana Young ...

(blog) (blog)The newsmagazine used a hidden camera to show members of Congress making phone calls to solicit contributions, which is commonplace in both Republican...

Jacksonville Bold for 4.28.16 – A Tale of Two Cities

(blog) (blog)Fifty of what are being called “important conservatives and Republican power brokers in Northeast Florida” were on hand, including Michael Munz, Marty Fiorentino,...

Sunburn for April 26 – AIF health care summit gets underway; Recapping Alan Grayson vs. David Jolly; Dwight Dudley ...

(blog) (blog)Panelists: Waymon Armstrong, Founder & President of Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc.; Wilson Ariza, Associate Director for Training for SimLEARN National Simulation Center,...

Jacksonville Bold for 4.22.16 – Yes for Jax and 'No' is not an option

(blog) (blog)With three months and a week until the August 30 primary, stakes are high in Jacksonville politics for electeds and candidates from the...

Sunburn for April 20 – Donald Trump takes NY; Carlos Beruff's bad day; Panhandle dominoes; No alimony reform for you

(blog) (blog)The Musical” is available online for anyone's enjoyment, with two acts and 46 songs parodying both the failed presidential campaign of the former...

Jacksonville Bold for 4.15.16 – The post-Crenshaw era begins

(blog) (blog)Outgoing 16-year Congressman Ander Crenshaw was cut from the same mold as Tillie Fowler, his immediate predecessor who would be considered a RINO...

Sunburn for April 13; RIP Bob Levy, Rick Baker not running; Ander Crenshaw also not running? HCA settles; Allison ...

(blog) (blog)SENATE CANDIDATES BOOST CAMPAIGN COFFERS DESPITE RUNNING UNOPPOSED via Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of – Senate District 5 — Rob Bradley has created one...

Jacksonville Bold for 4.12.16 – The money chase

(blog) (blog)Cummings is a principled conservative and leader for all of Northeast Florida, as demonstrated by his commitment to pension reform for Jacksonville during...

Sunburn for April 12 – Hillary come$ to Florida; Patrick Murphy raises coin; David Jolly's new CM; Florida GOP's ...

(blog) (blog)PATRICK MURPHY RAISES $2 MILLION IN 16'S OPENING MONTHS via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post – Murphy … raised $2 million...

Sunburn for April 5: On, Wisconsin

(blog) (blog)CRUZ LAUNCHES ATTACK ADS, MAILERS AGAINST JOHN KASICH via Jessica Hopper and Ben Gittleson of ABC News — In the final days before...

Takeaways from Tallahassee – Almost as funny as an April Fools' Day joke

(blog) (blog)Top Republican leaders in Florida – including Scott and Bondi were up in arms last year over heavily-edited leaked videos that purported to...

Sunburn for March 29 – A shark frenzy; Rick Scott admin tumult; Alaska hearts Marco Rubio

(blog) (blog)Manjarres' earned a notorious reputation in conservative circles for launching relentless attacks on candidates who failed to toe the Tea Party line, earning...

Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – March 23

(blog) (blog)JEB BUSH ENDORSES TED CRUZ via CNN – Bush endorsed Cruz on Wednesday morning, calling his former rival for the Republican presidential nomination...

Sunburn for March 22 – Fla's congressional delegation in play; Marco rejects unity ticket; Rick Scott names new CoS ...

(blog) (blog)I will work hard to bring back the conservative principles this country was founded on, and I won't stop working until it happens.”...

Sunburn for March 21 – David Jolly vs. Todd Wilcox; Matt Gaetz for Congress; The quotable DJ; the campaign vs ...

(blog) (blog)Throughout the debate, he displayed a thorough command on the issues, and emphasized that he's a conservative who gets results, not a bomb...

Takeaways from Tallahassee: Winners & Losers of the 2016 Legislative Session

(blog) (blog)The measure was lobbied by a diverse coalition of both liberal and conservative groups from the ACLU to Grover Norquist, led by Adams...

Sunburn for March 7 – RIP Nancy Reagan; Marco's not-so-super Saturday; Budget coming in for a close

(blog) (blog)Cruz's team thinks that Florida Republicans lean conservative, and the senator can swoop in as a high-minded alternative while Rubio and Trump engage...

Sunburn for March 4 – Happy “House of Cards” Day!

(blog) (blog)ANTI-TRUMP REPUBLICANS CALL FOR A THIRD-PARTY OPTION via Alexander Burns of the New York Times – While he has gained intense popularity on...

Sunburn — The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – March 3

(blog) (blog)Though it may be too late, the #NeverTrump movement is growing, as principled conservatives and political realists begin to see the scope of...

Sunburn for Feb. 17 – A pivotal day in the 2016 Legislative Session

(blog) (blog)SCOTT'S NEW JOBS CHIEF GETS FAST TRACKED via Jeremy Wallace of the Miami Herald – For the second time in a week, a...

Jeb Bush sells himself as uniter in Derry town hall, 5 days before NH primary

(blog) (blog)“The only way a conservative is going to win the presidency is to campaign with their arms wide open, with joy in their...