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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

Patrick Murphy grabs Laborers’ Union endorsement, tightens hold on unions

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The Laborers’ International Union Of North America announced Friday it is endorsing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in his bid for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, strengthening Murphy’s hold on the labor union sector of the Democratic Party. The half-million member construction workers’ union announced the endorsement at its training center in Pompano Beach. The union joins the Teamsters and the AFSCME, which endorsed Murphy earlier in his contest with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and Palm Beach Gardens labor lawyer Pam Keith for the Democratic nomination. In a news release…

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John Morgan expects more allies, fewer opponents in 2nd pot amendment try

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Now that they’re back on the ballot, Florida’s champions of medical marijuana expressed confidence Thursday that they have learned enough from their 2-point 2014 election defeat to win this November. On Wednesday United For Care received news it had successfully gathered more than 693,000 valid signatures and topped thresholds in 14 of Florida’s 27 congressional districts. That means their proposed Florida Constitution amendment to legalize medical marijuana will be back on the ballot, in November. The group’s chairman, Florida lawyer John Morgan,…

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Alan Grayson gets nod from Progressive Democrats of America

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has won the national endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of America in his race for the Democratic nomination to run for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, he said Thursday. The group, which held a townhall-style teleconference with Grayson last week, had been backing him informally since before he officially entered the race last summer. A news release from Grayson’s Senate campaign states that last month 90 percent of the PDA’s Florida membership voted to endorse him. Grayson is facing…

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NASA, Space Coast remember Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia disasters

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The end of January to the first day of February — starting Wednesday and running through Monday — is always a most somber time for NASA and America’s space program. Those dates mark anniversaries of three of the nation’s most visible tragedies: Apollo 1, the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters. It also reminds us of the resilience of space agency and Florida’s Space Coast, where people took each setback personally. Every time, NASA faced fierce criticism that American heroes…

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Granite State paper, grassroots organizers force Feb. 4 Democratic debate outside DNC

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Another televised Democratic presidential debate is now planned for New Hampshire next week, organized outside the usual coordination of such debates by the Democratic National Committee. The Feb. 4 prime-time debate will be held five days before that state’s primary, and is expected to include all three Democratic candidates. Hosted by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper, the event will be broadcast on MSNBC and moderated by MSNBC personalities Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow, the Union Leader announced Tuesday afternoon. Some details…

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Progressive Democrats of America join call from left for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down from DNC post

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The drumbeat from the left continues for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down from her post as chair of the Democratic National Committee, this time from the Progressive Democrats of America. The organization has joined a petition drive by progressive Democratic groups, Roots Action and Credo Action, calling for her to step down. The Progressive Democrats of America contend, in an email that went out to members and others last night, that she has been “lousy at her job which…

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Florida GOP, Blaise Ingoglia get truce offer from Rick Scott one year after split

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The Republican Party of Florida kicked off the 2016 election year with offers of truces from Gov. Rick Scott and incoming Florida Senate leaders though the party still will have less of the state’s Republican campaign money and political messaging under its control. With unity being a critical theme in a presidential election year commonly carried by Democrats, an emissary for Scott and incoming Senate President Joe Negron both pledged just that Saturday at the party’s annual meeting in Orlando. The pledges come…

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