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March 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush met with some of the region's top Republican donors in Philadelphia on Tuesday as he continued a national fund-raising blitz ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Bush had a luncheon fund-raiser for his political action committee with backers at the Union League in Center City, and two smaller meetings later in the day with potential supporters. "I'm certainly listening and learning about all the candidates at this stage of the game, but at the same time, I've been a fan of Jeb Bush for a long time," said William R. Sasso, chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon, who has worked with the former governor on the board of the National Constitution Center.
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March 12, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday likened political reporters to "crack addicts" and "heroin addicts" during a tour of morning talk shows that drew repeated questions about the 2016 presidential election. Bush, capping a media-heavy week that sparked chatter about a presidential campaign for a third member of his family, tried to keep the conversation focused on his book Immigration Wars . But as Bush wrapped up a conversation with NBC's David Gregory, he likened journalists and their questions about the 2016 campaign to drug addicts.
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December 7, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The top spot belonged first to a Bush and then to a Clinton. Now, in a familiar American formula, the National Constitution Center is turning again to a Bush. The center announced Thursday that former Florida Gov. John Ellis "Jeb" Bush had been elected chairman of its board of trustees. Bush, 59, who runs an education foundation and who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate in a theoretical race against Hillary Rodham Clinton, will succeed former President Bill Clinton, who has served as chairman since January 2009.
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February 27, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
As ISIS barbarities make headlines, Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to outdo each other's hawkish pronouncements on foreign policy. That makes political sense. With the economy improving, polls show that voters now consider terrorism to be as important a campaign issue for 2016 as economic issues. And Obama's incoherent efforts to degrade ISIS make him an easy target. But when Jeb Bush, in a major foreign policy speech last week, tried to pin the blame for ISIS's rise entirely on Obama it made my blood boil.
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November 30, 2000 | By Peter Wallsten, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has attempted to distance himself from his brother George W. Bush's fight for Florida's 25 electoral votes, said yesterday that he would not hesitate to get involved if the state Legislature enters the fray. Jeb Bush said he would support the Republican-dominated Legislature if it took the historic step of calling a special session to pass legislation appointing its own slate of presidential electors, in effect ensuring the election of George W. Bush.
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August 10, 2003 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter, Noelle Bush, has completed a drug-rehabilitation program, and a judge allowed her to go home. Noelle Bush hugged Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead during a hearing as the governor and his wife, Columba, smiled. The President's niece was ordered into treatment after she was arrested in January 2002 for trying to use a fraudulent prescription to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. "It's been quite a challenge, and I'm grateful," she said during the Friday hearing at the Orange County Courthouse.
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October 30, 2002 | By Dick Polman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeb Bush asked, "Do you think you're undertaxed?" The Florida governor had planted himself on Susana Creft's doorstep, anxious to deliver his reelection message. She, of course, replied that no, she didn't feel undertaxed. So he slipped her the word about lawyer Bill McBride, the novice Democratic candidate who is trying to end Bush's reign. He leaned over Creft, blocking the sun - he's a big guy, 6-foot-3, sweating in the sultry air - and confided that if McBride beats him Tuesday, "your taxes will go up. " Actually, McBride has pledged only to raise the cigarette levy.
NEWS
December 4, 2000
Is there a courtroom in Florida not embroiled in the election recount battle? It seemed over the weekend that for every court ruling that settled a matter, two more lawsuits would spring up in the complicated legal chess game between Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore. But as laborious as the various hearings have been (no one loves the sound of their own voice more than lawyers), the courts so far have been acting fairly and wisely. A lot more so, in fact, than the Florida Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush, who seems determined to win this contest for his brother, no matter what.
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December 1, 2000
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that he would sign a bill passed by his state's legislature that would virtually assure his brother Florida's 25 electors and the presidency. This action would be blatantly inappropriate. And an outrage. The Florida Legislature has seen fit to call for a special session "as soon as practicable" to name the electors. That could happen as early as next week. Experts disagree on the legality of this proposed move. At the very least, it is ill-considered - and at the very worst, it seems like an end-run around the election process.
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November 9, 1994 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The sons of former President George Bush fared differently in their gubernatorial campaigns yesterday, with George W. Bush winning in Texas and Jeb Bush losing a squeaker in Florida. George W. Bush, the former President's eldest son, borrowed on his famous name and the lessons of his father's 1992 presidential defeat to unseat Texas' most popular governor in decades. Overcoming detractors' claims that only his lineage made him a serious candidate, Bush, 48, swept Democratic Gov. Ann Richards from office yesterday, becoming only the second Republican to be elected Texas governor since Reconstruction.
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June 15, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
For Jeb Bush, the initial plan was to stun the opposition into submission with boatloads of money, his network, his lineage. But nobody in the Republican presidential race was scared off by the former governor of Florida (except, perhaps, Mitt Romney). Instead, as he prepares to formally launch his candidacy Monday, Bush has slipped from heavy favorite to just one of several candidates clumped together near the top of a growing field. He does not lead in any of the early-voting states, most polls show.
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May 15, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Suddenly, Republicans aiming for the White House find themselves knee-deep in the big muddy. Twelve years after the United States invaded Iraq, the party's presidential hopefuls are rehashing the decision to go to war, after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in an interview that aired Monday that he would have made the same decision as his brother, former President George W. Bush. Jeb Bush has since tried to clarify his comments, but he has been dragged into a three-day political quagmire as, one after the other, his likely rivals have said they would not have ordered the 2003 invasion of Iraq, given the erroneous intelligence that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction.
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May 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Where is the Federal Election Commission when you need it? With more money than ever swirling around political campaigns, the FEC should be making sure rules are followed. Instead, it's stuck in the same partisan funk that has debilitated the watchdog agency since 2008. That's when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) decided to gum up the works. By law, the FEC, created in 1975, has three members nominated by Democrats and three nominated by Republicans. The six are supposed to be nonpartisan, and they were for the most part until McConnell, who is now majority leader, chose three Republicans who made it their mission to act as obstructionists.
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April 22, 2015
Gridiron activist Even after professional sports allowed black players, team owners failed to consider that these players needed accommodations when teams traveled. In 1960, wide receiver Art Powell refused to play in a Philadelphia Eagles exhibition game when he was not allowed to stay at a hotel with white teammates. In 1961, Powell, then with the New York Titans, refused to play in a South Carolina exhibition game for the same reason. In 1963, Powell, then an Oakland Raider, and three black teammates refused to play in a segregated exhibition game in Mobile, Ala. This football star and civil rights fighter died early this month.
NEWS
April 10, 2015
ISSUE | DIGITAL SIGNS Hazard in plain sight Put aside the fact that the six-story, full-motion video billboards recently approved by City Council were overwhelmingly opposed by the Planning Commission; are grossly out of scale with their surroundings; generate no meaningful revenue for the city; and benefit only their owner/operator, two nonprofits chosen by that owner/operator, and commercial advertisers. There's an even bigger concern, and that's safety. This legislation should be vetoed by the mayor because these signs are inherently dangerous.
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March 26, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush met with some of the region's top Republican donors in Philadelphia on Tuesday as he continued a national fund-raising blitz ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign. Bush had a luncheon fund-raiser for his political action committee with backers at the Union League in Center City, and two smaller meetings later in the day with potential supporters. "I'm certainly listening and learning about all the candidates at this stage of the game, but at the same time, I've been a fan of Jeb Bush for a long time," said William R. Sasso, chairman of the law firm Stradley Ronon, who has worked with the former governor on the board of the National Constitution Center.
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February 27, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
As ISIS barbarities make headlines, Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to outdo each other's hawkish pronouncements on foreign policy. That makes political sense. With the economy improving, polls show that voters now consider terrorism to be as important a campaign issue for 2016 as economic issues. And Obama's incoherent efforts to degrade ISIS make him an easy target. But when Jeb Bush, in a major foreign policy speech last week, tried to pin the blame for ISIS's rise entirely on Obama it made my blood boil.
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February 18, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE GOP heavy machinery is merging onto the road to the White House while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to be swerving in and out of controversies. Christie recently bobbled and backtracked on vaccine comments; there have been numerous reports of his lavish expenses; he roots for a football team in Texas and wouldn't answer questions after watching soccer in London, all while still lugging the "Bridgegate" scandal around. A columnist for the Newark Star-Ledger called for Christie to give up his presidential dream and head back home to focus on Jersey's problems.
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February 1, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's declaration Friday that he would not run for president in 2016 boosts at least two other Republican candidates vying for the support of the party's establishment wing. New Jersey's Gov. Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush now can tap a group of prominent GOP donors who had been holding off making commitments to other candidates pending Romney's decision about a third run for president, analysts and donors said. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, said earlier in January that he was interested in running again but - after finding the path ahead uncertain - pulled the plug Friday during a conference call with advisers and supporters.
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January 8, 2015
OK, LOOK, I can't wait. Believe me, I tried. I know it's only 2015. But I can't help myself. The 2016 race for the White House calls like a mythological Siren. The possibility of another Clinton/Bush clash coupled with an expected rerun of the 2012 GOP carnival of candidates is just too much to leave alone. So let's take an early look at what maybe lies ahead. Public polling - which, at this stage, is based on name ID and reflected chatter from cable TV - suggests Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will be their party's nominees.
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