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Gwen Graham grabs four Democratic women leaders’ endorsements

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham announced Thursday she is being backed by four more women leaders from the party in Florida. She picked up the endorsements of former state Reps. Karen Castor Dentel and Kelly Skidmore, Democratic National Committee member Alma Gonzalez, and former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, Graham’s campaign announced in a news release Thursday.

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Legislative aide John Rodriguez eyes HD 62 race

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John Rodriguez, a former legislative aide to House Democrats Janet Cruz, Bob Henriquez, Michael Scionti and Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (who switched to the GOP since), now hopes to succeed Cruz in the Tampa-area House District 62 seat.

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Alan Clendenin is undecided on who to vote for in DNC Chair race

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The 447 members of the Democratic National Committee that will get together for the party’s four-day spring meeting in Atlanta beginning next Thursday have an important decision – who will lead the Democratic Party over the next four years? The two best known candidates are Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and Tom Perez, the Dept. of Labor Secretary under Barack Obama. “If I was a betting man, I’d say that Perez has the edge,” says Alan Clendenin, a DNC Commiteeman from Tampa…

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Uproar at Hillsborough DEC meeting; City Council, School Board members leave in disgust

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After a rough start, Hillsborough County Democrats re-elected Ione Townsend as party chair Monday night. A raucous first 50 minutes of the group’s reorganization meeting culminated in five Tampa City Council members and two Hillsborough County school board members leaving the hall in disgust when they were not allowed to participate in the Democratic Executive Committee election for local officers. In a related development that skewed the final tally of his race, Alan Clendenin, vice-chair of the Florida Democratic Party and…

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By-law change adds controversy to Monday night’s Hillsborough DEC election

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Viewed from a certain angle, the Democratic Party resembles a smoking pile of rubble in the wake of last month’s general election. Not only will Donald Trump become president in less than two months, but the Senate and House (and soon the Supreme Court) are in Republican control. Instead of giving up, however, there appears to be a grassroots revival in certain quarters of the party, such as in Hillsborough County. At their first meeting after last month’s election debacle, several hundred…

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Dennis Ross lacerates Republican House leadership

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If you want to hear some good trash talking about how ineffective the Republican-led House conference has been since taking power back from the Democrats in 2010, you don’t need to listen to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Hillary Clinton. Just listen to any Republican running to serve in Washington next year. On Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club’s monthly meeting, Polk County-based GOP U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross was the latest Republican member of Congress to blast the Republican…

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Florida Democrats differ on party finance rules

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From Bill Cotterell: Florida Democratic leaders disagreed sharply Thursday over rules changes that would relax control of party finances. Party Treasurer Alma Gonzalez said she could not support Chairman Karen Thurman’s proposal to raise from $5,000 to $25,000 the amount of checks requiring the treasurer’s signature. Thurman said the $5,000 limit is more than 10 years old and that a bigger, busier party needs the flexibility to make bigger purchases without the treasurer personally approving every check. Democratic National Committeeman…

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