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Jeb: Rubio could be presidential ticket contender in 2012

Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff

December 1, 2010

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who persistently has declined entreaties from his fellow Republicans to toss his hat in the ring for 2012, says there’s one Florida Republican that he could envision on a national ticket: Sen.-elect Marco Rubio.

-- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was supposed to be the victim of a Republican civil war. But heading into the new Congress, there are few signs his leadership has been shaken.

-- Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell already has written about adding a Repeal Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and now he's using a bully pulpit to raise awareness of the idea. ... Support for a Repeal Amendment has galvanized tea party supporters and other conservative activists who cite growing concerns about the federal government.

-- A public relations firm and a subcontractor it hired took the blame Tuesday for their role in sending a series of forged letters to federal regulators in support of tougher derivatives rules. ... The letters purported to be from various Arkansas residents and business leaders, but in fact those people never signed the letters or even knew of their existence.

-- A Louisiana State Senate employee was suspended without pay Tuesday after sending an e-mail to hundreds of government workers apparently trying to show President Barack Obama as white and suggesting that opposition to him doesn't equate to racism.



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