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Brian E. Crowley
Florida
Elections may come and go but politics never stops.
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Tonight I will be joining @MWilliamsWPTV5 talking about today's results. Join us on @WPTV, wptv.com , and Facebook Live. I will also be on radio in the United Kingdom. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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By Brian E. Crowley A dear friend called recently to go over her sample ballot. She wanted me to explain some of the candidates and issues with which she is least familiar. As we worked her way down the ballot she said she was going to vote for Amendment One.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Not likely but possible. That's the short answer as to whether Congressman Patrick Murphy's dismal campaign can be saved by Hillary Clinton. Murphy's campaign has been a bit of mystery. When Murphy believed that incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio would keep his word to not run for a second term... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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No one has ever accused Marco Rubio of being one of Florida's - or the nation's - most courageous politicians. Like most, Rubio first does what is best for Rubio. And right now for him, there is more risk in not endorsing Donald Trump than in abandoning him. Clearly, Rubio... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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By Brian E. Crowley Jeb Bush has said he has no intention of voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. It is a silly and disturbing notion. Florida’s 29 electoral votes will decide whether Trump or Clinton will go to the White House. It will be an extremely close race... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
In his new email to raise money for his campaign, Marco Rubio offers a two minute audio message to potential donors. Rubio starts saying he is "took a pause from campaigning today so I could record this important message for you." Listeners then get a common political message where "the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
Donald Trump's campaign released it first campaign ad talking about immigration and Hillary Clinton. The ad is expected to appear in key Florida markets, particularly in Orlando and the Tampa Bay area. From a Trump news release: The new ad provides a stark comparison between Hillary Clinton’s reality in which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Jeff Clemens, a candidate for the Florida senate, Patrick Murphy, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, and Gwen Graham, a likely future candidate for governor, represent the future to many Florida Democrats, a party that desperately needs a future. But as often happens among Democrats, little is done to groom... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
This is one of those ads that - while being used for politics - rises above it all. Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio helped this mother when her daughter was dying of breast cancer. "Thanks to Marco, I had three more months with my daughter," she says. "Marco Rubio was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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This is not a video that will be much of a surprise to the Marco Rubio or his campaign team. They have been preparing for battle with Democrat Patrick Murphy and there little doubt that they have expected Murphy to remind Florida voters about some of the things Rubio said... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Are Florida Republicans a leaderless party? Who is the leader of the Florida Republican Party? Governor Rick Scott? Marco Rubio? Adam Putnam? Pam Bondi? Jeff Atwater? Or perhaps Jeb Bush? Or – are Florida Republicans so fractured that there is no single leader of the party? Today’s Florida Republican Party... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Florida Politics, a website owned by Peter Schorsch, reported today that a new poll shows Florida congressional candidate Francis Rooney way ahead with a "double digit lead over his Republican rivals." The "poll" was done by an organization called Remington Research Group. Pray tell - who is that? According to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
You just know this is going to tick off the easily tick-offable Alan Grayson. President Barack Obama has signed a fundraising email for Grayson's senate campaign rival Patrick Murphy. This comes on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden campaigning for Murphy. One of these two Democrats will face the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
Soon-to-be state Senate President Joe Negron just announced a plan to help reduce discharges of Lake Okeechobee water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers. One thing can be certain - the plan will be controversial. Here's the news release: President-Designate Negron Announces Plans for Major Water Storage Expansion 60,000... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
Sitting behind Hillary Clinton during her Kissimmee rally Monday, and in full view of the media, was Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen. Wearing a bright red, Mercedes-logo cap, Mateen was spotted by WPTV NewsChannel 5's Tory Dunnan. She spoke to him briefly outside the event... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Donald Trump is planning two rallies in Florida this week. The first is Wednesday at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale. On Thursday, Trump will attend a rally in Kissimmee at the Silver Spurs Arena. Both events are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
Long shot Republican senate candidate Carlos Beruff has a new ad suggesting that former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio are political twins. Beruff's ad calls both men political opportunists who rely on political doublespeak. Beruff's campaign is based on being a successful businessman and political outsider.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
John Oliver's Last Week Tonight on HBO is one of the funniest and most thought provoking programs on television. Each week, he looks at a different issue in depth. On Sunday, Oliver focused on the struggle inside newspaper newsrooms. One of his targets is TRONC, the horribly named company that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
Hillary Clinton brings her campaign for president to Florida today and Tuesday with stops in St. Petersburg, Kissimmee and Miami. From the campaign: Today she will tour 3 Daughters Brewery, a small business in St. Petersburg. Later that day, at jobs rallies hosted by the Florida Democratic Party in St.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
Donald Trump is getting support from an unlikely source - Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, son of Jeb. In an exclusive, the Texas Tribune reports that: Addressing state GOP activists Saturday, Bush said it was time to put aside any lingering animosity from the primaries — where Trump defeated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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This is Pick-a-Poll week with the latest offering from NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist showing Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in Florida 44 to 37. This 7 point lead is a striking contrast from the Quinnipiac University Poll which just two days ago showed Trump leading Clinton in Florida 42-39. My Floridians... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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By Brian E. Crowley It is time to stop blaming Big Sugar. Yes, Big Sugar is winning. It owns the governor’s office, the cabinet, and the Florida Legislature. It has power over much of Florida’s congressional delegation. Formidable Tallahassee reporter Mary Ellen Klas did a masterful job this week with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Republican businessman and Florida U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff says he loves Donald Trump and if rival Marco Rubio doesn't, Beruff would be happy to take his place at the Republican National Convention. Rubio recently described Trump as "worrisome," while still saying he will vote for Trump because he believes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
After a crummy week of media reports questioning the veracity of parts of his resume, Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is apparently hoping to change topics with this tidbit about Republican Marco Rubio. We suspect Rubio (and Murphy's Democratic rival, Alan Grayson, are not about to let Murphy's resume questions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Crowley Political Report
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Governor Rick Scott is urging Florida voters to take a look at his buddy, businessman Carlos Beruff, as their choice to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. Washington GOP leaders begged Marco Rubio to run for a second term and, after much staging, Rubio "reluctantly" announced this week that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Crowley Political Report