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Kathy Castor co-signs letter to Donald Trump calling on him to repeal the Hyde Amendment

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Tampa area Representative Kathy Castor is one of more than 100 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who have co-signed a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, calling on him to support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. That’s the 1976 law named after former Illinois Republican Congressman Henry Hyde which prevents federal funding for abortion. “Every person should be treated with dignity, compassion and respect – and that includes upholding a woman’s right to make her own decisions about whether to…

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Personnel note: Charlie Crist taps Hill veteran Erin Moffet as Communications Director

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Congressman-elect Charlie Crist is naming Erin Moffet as Communications Director for his Capitol Hill office. Moffet has spent nearly seven years running the press operations for Florida members serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Erin will be a strong addition to our team given her years of experience working with the Florida press corps,” Crist, the former Governor who now represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, said in a statement Monday. “Her passion and understanding of the issues impacting Floridians will…

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Pam Keith slams Congressional Black Caucus’ endorsement of Patrick Murphy for Senate

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The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) PAC is endorsing Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate, and Pam Keith isn’t impressed. Murphy said he was proud to get the backing of the caucus Wednesday, saying, “In the Senate, I will fight for our progressive priorities, like fixing our broken criminal justice system, raising the minimum wage, and strengthening our middle class for hardworking families. “All Floridians deserve the opportunity to succeed, and I will fight for our families every day in the U.S. Senate.” It’s an important endorsement…

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Advocacy group again attacks “Florida model” of payday lending in new video

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An advocacy group pushing for strong regulations on predatory payday loans is once again applying pressure on members of Florida’s congressional delegation, shortly before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is expected to announce new national rules for payday lending next week. Allied Progress has been conducted an aggressive campaign against Florida lawmakers who support legislation sponsored by Lakeland Republican Dennis Ross, whose Consumer Protection and Choice Act would delay the bureau’s new rules for two years, and give states with payday loan laws on the…

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Tampa attorney collecting petitions to run against Alcee Hastings – so he can gain access to him

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Hillsborough County-based attorney Michael Steinberg focuses on Social Security, Medicare and disability issues. He’s a former chairman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party and unsuccessful political candidate. He also was a candidate for president earlier this year. He’s now collecting signatures to qualify to run against Florida CD 20 Democrat Alcee Hastings, but he says he’ll gladly back out if he can get the South Florida lawmaker to back his pet legislation – which is to try to decrease the time that veterans and Social Security…

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Florida Congressional delegation gets update on heroin crisis

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GOP Congressman Vern Buchanan chaired a Florida congressional delegation meeting on Thursday that focused on the spiraling death toll caused by heroin and opioid abuse throughout the state. Buchanan has a vested interest in the subject, with Manatee County, which he represents in Congress, having suffered more heroin overdose deaths per capita than any other Florida county in 2014. Eleven members of the bipartisan delegation – including Alan Grayson, Carlos Curbelo, Ted Deutch and John Mica– participated in the hearing, where they listened to…

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Alan Grayson says Patrick Murphy has best endorsements ‘money can buy’

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At this point, Alan Grayson isn’t surprised that yet another Democrat has endorsed Patrick Murphy in the battle for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida, even if it’s the much lauded Bob Graham. “If you take a look at the polling for those who pitted his daughter against me and Patrick, his daughter came in a very, very poor third in that hypothetical race, so I don’t think that a lot of voters would be influenced by that…

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