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Hardball on Hagel Could Haunt the GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 18th, 2013 12:08 am by HL

Hardball on Hagel Could Haunt the GOP

Building the Rubio Brand
Alex Leary & Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times
Sen. Marco Rubio is on a breathless rise, a testament to his political skill and demographic appeal that last week saw him delivering the Republican State of the Union response and appearing on the cover of Time as “The Republican Savior.” But behind the scenes is a relentless, methodical effort to build the Rubio brand, aided by a team of strategists and media handlers positioning the 41-year-old Floridian for an expected presidential run.They include members of Rubio's Senate staff and presidential campaign veterans who work for the political committee Rubio formed ostensibly…

Can Another Unknown Reprise Scott Brown’s Upset?
Scott Conroy, RCP
LONGMEADOW, Mass. — When Scott Brown announced that he would not seek a return to the Senate by running for Secretary of State John Kerry's vacated seat, Republicans' prospects of winning their second Massachusetts special election in little more than three years dimmed significantly.But as Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch ramp up their high-profile battle to win the April 30 Democratic primary for the seat, a far less well-known duo of Republicans is quietly giving the GOP hope that one of them might replicate Brown's feat — an upset win in 2010.State Rep. Dan Winslow, who…

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