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Florida Black caucus leaders, scores of African-American officials endorse Hillary Clinton

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A day after Hillary Clinton won a majority of Democratic delegates up for grabs in last night’s Super Tuesday primaries – partly on the strength of her support in minority communities – about 100 African-American Florida elected officials came out in support the former Secretary of State’s bid for the White House. Among them were the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, and its new chair Tampa Rep. Ed Narain. “Hillary Clinton is the leader who will always stand and fight for communities of color across…

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Corrine Brown: Court ruling “direct attack on minority voters”

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Vowing to fight on via a federal lawsuit, Rep. Corrine Brown has released an incendiary statement reacting to the state Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling that reconfigures her North Florida district from one that snakes from Jacksonville south to Orlando, into an east-west Jax-to-Tallahassee district with fewer African-American voters. Here is the statement in its entirety, which outlines a great deal of historical context: “Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the state of Florida is just what I expected because…

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Kathy Castor latest House Democrat to come out in support of Iran nuclear deal

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As expected, Tampa-based Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor officially came out on Friday morning as a supporter of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. And like virtually every other Democrat who has announced their support, she says the decision didn’t come lightly, and she knows that it’s not perfect. “I’ve spoken with sanctions experts and military leaders. I heard from hundreds of my neighbors through phone calls, letters, emails, social media posts and in office meetings who both support and oppose the…

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David Jolly says Patrick Murphy’s made the wrong choice in supporting Iran nuclear deal

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In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced her  support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, providing the White House the votes it needs to prevent Republicans from scuttling the agreement. That hardly means the move is popular with the public, at least here in Florida. According to a Quinnipiac survey taken last week, 61 percent of Floridians oppose the deal, as does every Republican in the Florida congressional delegation, and some Democrats as…

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Kathy Castor still not ready to announce on Iran nuclear deal

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Tampa Bay area Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor says she’s not ready to announce whether she supports the Iran nuclear deal, but will within the next week or so. “I’m still visiting with constituents and doing my research,” Castor told reporters who gathered to speak with her after she participated in a press conference on the USF Tampa campus. Castor and the rest of her colleagues will vote on the issue next month when Congress reconvenes. If the GOP-led House and/or Senate…

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Email insights: Carlos Smith resists getting ‘carried away’ at Obama LGBT event

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In a new email to supporters, Democratic Florida House District 49 hopeful Carlos Smith believes President Barack Obama‘s LGBT Pride Month celebration was a symbol of progress. Not everyone there agreed. In fact, at least one attendee at the White House event found it hard not to get carried away. Not long into the ceremony, an angry LGBT activist interrupted Obama to call for the release of all LGBT immigrants in detention and end deportations. Obama – who frequently gives…

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Four South Florida mayors join growing support for Patrick Murphy’s Senate bid

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Four South Florida mayors have added their names to the growing list of supporters for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in his bid for U.S. Senate in 2016. In a joint statement on Wednesday, Plantation Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic, Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis, Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Eric Jablin, and Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein officially endorsed Murphy, who is seeking Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Murphy currently represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District, which covers much of the Treasure Coast. “Support for our…

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