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Brian E. Crowley
Florida
Elections may come and go but politics never stops.
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Florida U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy announced today that he is supporting the Iran deal with reservations. Murphy, a two-term Democratic congressmen, is facing a tough Democratic primary. His top rival, Congressman Alan Grayson has not made a decision - at least publicly. Murphy's statement: “I have promised Floridians that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Crowley Political Report
Donald Trump's ad attacking Jeb Bush is very short but brutal. In 15 seconds, Trump takes Bush's comment that for most immigrants coming to the United States "is an act of love," and juxtaposes Bush's remark with apparent pictures of convicted felons. It is a huge distortion of Bush's beliefs... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Crowley Political Report
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush made the mistake of telling the truth to a Nevada audience. Now Bush is getting hit with two new ads by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who is suggesting that Bush is simply not tough enough on Iran. Walker's campaign pulls this snippet from Bush's remarks... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Crowley Political Report
Florida Senator Bill Nelson announced today he will run for a fourth term. The Democrat made the announcement during a speech at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Nelson chose not to comment about the likely candidacy of Republican Gov Rick Scott. Nelson will be 73 next month and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Crowley Political Report
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Florida's legislature often embarrasses itself. Petty fights. Petty egos. Petty thoughts. It has been going on for decades. Part of the problem is that the state Capitol is in Tallahassee. It is so isolated from the rest of the state that when lawmakers arrive it is their parties sent them... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Crowley Political Report
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If you are a reader of the Manchester, New Hampshire based Union Leader, you are seeing a series of ads on the newspapers website touting the record of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The first of the four ads below, has Bush taking pride in getting rid of "poor performing"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Crowley Political Report
Florida's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is a bare-knuckles affair with a touch of humor and a shade of meanness. Orlando area Congressman Alan Grayson's first web ad is mostly humor featuring a little cartoon character. So far, Treasure Coast Congressman Patrick Murphy has largely ignored Grayson. One suspects that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Crowley Political Report
Don Gaetz has been exposed. The former Senate President promised Floridians that during his tenure, legislative and congressional redistricting would be "the most transparent" in Florida history. Gaetz lied. Court documents obtained by the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times show that Gaetz was part of a conspiracy to deceive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Polls are ruling. Presidential campaigns are being dogged by a constant barrage of polls. And now, a new Quinnipiac poll suggest more Republican voters are supporting Donald Trump than Jeb Bush - in Florida. It makes for a wonderfully astonishing headline. But it is nonsense. According to Quinnipiac's numbers, Trump... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
Below is the text of Jeb Bush's remarks tonight at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. The Republican presidential candidate hits hard at Democrat Hillary Clinton. Jeb Bush: “Thank you very much. It’s good to be with all of you, and I appreciate the kind hospitality of the Ronald Reagan... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Bloomberg News grabbed a screenshot of a page on Jeb Bush's campaign website attacking fellow Floridian Marco Rubio. Bush's website also had an attack on Scott Walker. Apparently the "joyful" campaign is ready to be less joyful in the effort to ensure that Jeb becomes the third Bush in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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At least one prominent federal budget expert believes that there is a strong chance that the debate over federal funding for Planned Parenthood could lead to a government shutdown. Stan Collender, a frequently sought speaker on federal budget issues, frequently appears on Bloomberg TV and writes a column for Forbes.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
With the first Republican presidential debate just three days away, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush unveiled a six-point plan to secure the U.S. border with Mexico. Bush describes it as "a robust strategy to improve border security." There is nothing particularly new in the plan. Much of it has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Charlie Crist Tweeted a few minutes ago that if the Florida Legislature redraws the congressional map with in a way that favors him - he will run for Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly's seat. With the Florida Supreme Court telling the legislature that it violated the Florida Constitution with gerrymandered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Jeb Bush returned to Tallahassee today to use the town where he spent eight years as governor as a backdrop for his 2016 presidential campaign. The Republican candidate suggested that Washington is place that badly needs his Sunshine State solutions. It is a speech that is odd in the way... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Today in Ames, Iowa, Donald Trump caused a ruckus when he said Arizona Sen. John McCain "is not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured." McCain was a Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and spent five years... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Take that Donald Trump. You may have more mouth...and lord know you do....but former Florida Governor Jeb Bush clearly has more campaign money. His Right to Rise USA PAC picked up $103 million from more 9,900 donors. And the PAC still has $98 million suggesting that the Bush group is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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Well what a mess created by Florida Republican leaders in the state House and Senate. Their grim determination to draw congressional districts to best suit the needs of the GOP - and to do much of it in secret - showed a particular disdain for Florida voters. As the Florida... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
Not many candidates for the U.S. Senate would have a campaign website dubbed "with guts." But then not many candidates are like Congressman Alan Grayson. Today Grayson announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Senate. The Florida congressman will be pressuring the party establishment's favorite, Congressman Patrick Murphy. Grayson's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has a new video that starts with him reminding voters that, "I took on the teachers union in Florida." The 2016 Republican presidential candidate also criticizes Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for only having "three bills that she sponsored" become law. In the video Bush says:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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In a lengthy column on the conservative Town Hall website, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is sharply critical of the ongoing negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons. Bush, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, also questions the Obama administration's overall Middle East policy. While the column is deep... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush issued the following statement about today's 6-3 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding federal exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act. Bush makes it clear that the issue will be part of the 2016 presidential campaign. "I am disappointed by today’s Supreme Court... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
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There are a lot of misconceptions about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In this report in Sunday's Washington Post, five myths about the 2016 Republican presidential candidate are explored. Note: the above caricature by Crowley Political Report artist Patrick Crowley did not appear in the Washington Post. Now to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
Jeb Bush is doing a series of videos that his 2016 presidential campaign is calling JebNoFilter. Here's what he said today about his worst Father's Day gift. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Crowley Political Report
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a folks gathered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D. C. this morning that he opposes the notion that when there is a conflict of ideas that "people of faith must yield." "We can create a government that is the servant not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Crowley Political Report