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Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Alex Leary

Alex Leary is the Washington bureau chief for the Tampa Bay Times. He previously worked in the Times' state capital bureau, and before that covered local politics, environmental issues and law enforcement. His career in journalism began at the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Phone: (202) 306-4807

Email: leary@tampabay.com

Blog: The Buzz

Twitter: @LearyReports

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  1. Democratic ad links Rubio, other Republicans to Trump

    Blog

    The DSCC has launched a digital ad that links Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans running for Senate to Donald Trump.

    The spot shows a CNN anchor reading a news story about how Rubio in an Aug. 15 Miami Herald editorial board meeting stood by calling Trump a "con man" but said he supports him as the nominee....

  2. New Clinton ad in Florida paints Trump as offensive to black voters

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    A new Hillary Clinton ad running in Florida attempts to paint Donald Trump as out of touch with African Americans, seizing on comments Trump's made in an attempt to broaden his appeal.

    The ad will run on cable and in FL, NC, OH and PA.

  3. Marco Rubio appears ready to reverse support for TPP

    Blog

    Sen. Marco Rubio is expressing doubts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, suggesting he may be ready to reverse support, a stark example of eroding support for trade agreements in the Donald Trump era.

    "Well, we still haven't made a final determination," Rubio told the Tampa Bay Times this week. "I've reviewed the trade commission's report. I've been meeting with advocates both for and against it. I'm a little disappointed in the returns on it — the economic returns are more modest than I had anticipated."...

    Marco Rubio in March
  4. Is Marco Rubio ready to reverse his support for the TPP? Signs say yes

    State Roundup

    Sen. Marco Rubio is expressing doubts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, suggesting he may be ready to reverse support, a stark example of eroding support for trade agreements in the Donald Trump era.

    "Well, we still haven't made a final determination," Rubio told the Tampa Bay Times this week. "I've reviewed the trade commission's report. I've been meeting with advocates both for and against it. I'm a little disappointed in the returns on it — the economic returns are more modest than I had anticipated."...

    Sen. Marco Rubio
  5. Donald Trump champions American workers but uses foreign labor at Mar-A-Lago

    State Roundup

    At Wednesday's rally in Tampa, Donald Trump declared he would be the "greatest jobs president that God ever created," growing opportunity and protecting Americans "from illegal immigration and broken visa programs."

    "We have to take care of the people of our country," Trump said.

    But this fall, on Florida's other coast, the Republican presidential nominee plans to bring dozens of foreign workers to his Mar-a-Lago Club. They will serve as waiters, cooks and housekeepers....

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to his supporters at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Wednesday. (OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times)
  6. Tim Kaine's wife to campaign in Florida on Friday, Saturday

    Blog

    Anne Holton, wife of Tim Kaine, will attend campaign events in Florida on Friday and Saturday.

    She'll appear in Live Oak, Gainesville, Ocala, Orlando, and Oakland.

    "During her visits, Holton will highlight Florida's critical role in this election and thank organizers and volunteers for their support and dedication to the campaign. Holton will encourage supporters to register Floridians to vote ahead of the October 11 deadline and discuss Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine's commitment to building an America that is stronger together," the Clinton campaign said....

  7. Jeb Bush calls Trump's immigration shift 'abhorrent'

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    Jeb Bush said Donald Trump looks like “a typical politician” as the nominee has shifted on immigration and appears to hold views similar to Bush’s, despite attacking Bush as soft on the issue.

    “I can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change this afternoon, and they were different than they were last night, and they'll be different tomorrow," Bush said on WABC.

    "Sounds like a typical politician, by the way, where you get in front of one crowd and say one thing, and then say something else to another crowd that may want to hear a different view. All the things that Donald Trump railed against, he seems to be morphing into. It’s kind of disturbing.”

    Bush will not change his view on Trump. “I don’t know what to believe about a guy who doesn't believe in things. ... This is all a game," Bush said. "His views will change based on the feedback he gets from a crowd, or, you know, what he thinks he has to do."

    "For me, I couldn't do that. I have to believe what I believe, and if it’s popular, great. If it’s not, I try to get better at presenting my views. But shifting my views because it’s political to do it? That’s what politicians do in this country. That's what Trump is trying to do right now. I find it abhorrent.”...

  8. Mike Pence fundraising Wednesday in St. Pete

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    Mike Pence will headline a fundraiser Wednesday in St. Petersburg for Trump Victory, a joint committee for the campaign and the Republican National Committee.

    Admission is $2,700 per person and rises to $15,000 for co-hosting status.

    An invite shows a host committe of Reince Priebus, Lew Eisenberg, Steve Mnuchin, Brian Ballard and Mel Sembler.  Attorney General Pam Bondi will also aattend, as will Rhonda Shear, the former TV personality turn clothing designer who is based in St. Petersburg....

    fundraiser
  9. Donald Trump champions American workers but keeps using foreign labor in Florida

    Blog

    At Wednesday's rally in Tampa, Donald Trump declared he would be the "greatest jobs president that God ever created," growing opportunity and protecting Americans "from illegal immigration and broken visa programs."

    "We have to take care of the people of our country," Trump said.

    But this fall, on Florida's other coast, the Republican presidential nominee plans to bring dozens of foreign workers to his Mar-a-Lago Club. They will serve as waiters, cooks and housekeepers....

  10. Fresh poll shows Rubio and Murphy in tight race

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    Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy head into their expected general election matchup in a tight race, with a new poll showing Rubio taking 46 percent of the vote and Murphy 43 percent.

    The margin of error for the Mason-Dixon poll is +/- 4 percentage points.

    Rubio has generally led in hypothetical matchups but recent polls have shown that advantage narrowing. The Real Clear Politics average, which does not include the Mason-Dixon survey, has Rubio up more than 5 percentage points....

  11. Is Donald Trump moving toward Rubio and Bush on immigration?

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    Donald Trump’s muddy, shifting stance on immigration -- even floating the idea that people living here illegally can stay if they pay some penalty -- has fans of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush alternately appalled and feeling vindicated.

    Twitter has lit up with people saying Trump sounds like the two Floridians he brutally criticized over immigration. Others went after Ann Coulter for her advocacy of Trump....

  12. Democrats to open nine more offices on Thursday

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    Democrats on Thursday will open coordinated campaign offices in Hialeah, Pompano Beach, Kissimmee, Ocala, Winter Haven, Sunrise, Orlando, and Bradenton. The DNC will open a headquarters in St. Petersburg.

    "The offices, now among 34 across the Sunshine State, will serve as hubs for organizing activity - allowing supporters to mobilize and help elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot on Election Day," Hillary Clinton's campaign said in a release....

  13. Gov. Scott appoints judge recommended by Trump

    Blog

    By Gary Fineout, Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE - Republican Donald Trump recommended to Gov. Rick Scott that he give a judgeship to a Florida attorney whose work appears at odds with Trump's hard-line stance on immigration.

    Emails newly released by the Scott administration show Trump recommended that the governor appoint Jose Izquierdo, a well-regarded attorney who had backing from several other South Florida Republicans....

  14. Trump in Tampa: 'I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created'

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    Donald Trump is hitting a job heavy theme in Tampa, promising to bring back American jobs and stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Here is his speech, as prepared for delivery. NOTE: Trump veered significantly off script at times.

    Thank you. I am so thrilled to be in Tampa today. Florida is my second home. This is such an amazing state, and filled with so many incredible people. For the next 75 days, we are all going to have to work hard together to win the White House on November 8th....

  15. Florida poll: Trump 43, Clinton 41; Rubio beating Murphy

    Blog

    Donald Trump has made up for lost ground in Florida, according to a new poll from Florida Atlantic University.

    Trump gets 43 percent of the vote while Clinton scores 41 percent, within the poll's margin of error.

    One finding is raising questions: Clinton leads Trump with Hispanics 50 percent to 40 percent. That puts Trump's support at a much higher level than other polls. The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Clinton up 3.6 percentage points....