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Breaking: Mi Caucus Likely, Says Dnc Rules Committee Member
March 06, 2008

A member of the DNC's Rules And Bylaws Committee--the committee that stripped Florida and Michigan of its delegates for moving their primaries before February 5th--told me that Michigan plans to get out of its uncounted delegate problem by announcing a new caucus in the next few days. "They want to play. They know how to do caucuses," the DNC source said. "That was their plan all along, before they got cute with the primary." Michigan Democrats had originally planned on caucuses after the legally permissible Feb. 5 date, but then went along with top elected Democrats, including Gov.

Will Giuliani Back McCain? And When?
January 29, 2008

Win or lose tonight, the McCain camp was hoping at least to win over the support of Rudy Giuliani, who appears to be competing with McCain for the same, more-moderate pool of voters. Now, with exit poll numbers apparently showing that Giuliani drew only about half of the vote McCain and Romney received in the state he had conceded was a must-win for him, McCain’s people say they are looking for ways to finesse a quick endorsement. Such a thing would not be unexpected, in the Everybody-Hates-Mitt GOP field. A bigger question is when, McCain insiders say privately.

The Cold Shoulder, GOP-style
January 29, 2008

Tallahassee--John McCain and Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who have now endorsed each other in their respective primaries, also have something else in common: They both appear to prefer each other’s company to that of the president. Last night, McCain finished his campaign day with Crist by his side, in Crist’s home turf of Tampa Bay.

Clinton's Pre-pre-Florida Spin
January 29, 2008

 (S.V. Dáte has covered Florida politics for a dozen years, and today, aside from writing this piece on the budding Jeb Bush/Charlie Crist rivalry, he will be filing occasional dispatches from the Sunshine State.