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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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Supreme Court considers changes to Florida’s political map

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A long-running legal battle over Florida’s political landscape wound up back before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday where several justices sounded skeptical about the changes proposed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The hope is that the court will soon end three years of lawsuits, court hearings and special sessions by finally endorsing a new map for the state’s 27 congressional districts ahead of the pivotal 2016 elections. But that map could also find itself under legal attack by current members…

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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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DCCC singles out David Jolly on highway trust fund vote — even though Nancy Pelosi, other Fla. Dems did the same

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly caught fire from progressives Thursday over a vote this month on HR 2353, the short-term Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015. The Indian Rocks Republican was one of the 387 members of Congress to support a two-month extension of the highway trust fund. But singling out Jolly – who represents the mostly moderate Florida Congressional District 13 – may not have been the right thing to do politically. In a new radio ad launching this week,…

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Congressional Democrats send letter to Rick Scott calling on him to drop lawsuit

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The letter writing surrounding Medicaid and Low Income Pool continues as ten Congressional Democrats sent a note to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday calling on him to drop his yet-to-be-filed lawsuit against the Obama Administration for coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to continue to receive supplemental Medicaid funding for hospitals. “We are concerned that you intend to take Florida down a wasteful and counterproductive path with a frivolous and baseless lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare and…

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Alan Grayson will “probably yes” run for U.S. Senate

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Outspoken U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will “probably yes” run for U.S. Senate in 2016, leading to an ideological primary battle against the announced candidate Patrick Murphy, a more centrist Democrat. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat popular in liberal circles, made the comment during an online Democracy Now! video. Asked whether he’s planning to run for the seat vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for his presidential campaign, Grayson said, “I’m giving it a lot of attention. The answer is probably…

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Activist group holds Medicaid gap ‘public execution’ in Florida Capitol courtyard

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At 10 a.m, and again at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a group of activists performed a skit along the Florida Capitol courtyard — acting out a scene where eight condemned people line up next to an executioner. Their crime? Condemned to die for not having health insurance. The players were from Catalyist, a Miami-based community organization that brought its members to Tallahassee this week. They’re lobbying lawmakers to pass a Medicaid expansion plan favored by a majority of the Senate, but…

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