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Florida Democrats to convene this weekend at Disney Resort

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The Florida Democratic Party will gather this weekend for their fall convention in Lake Buena Vista. The confab comes almost a full  year before the 2016 election, where in addition to trying to keep the state blue for the third straight time at the presidential level, the party is hoping to get one of their own to join Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate. One of the highlights of the three-day event takes place Saturday night when Senate candidates Alan Grayson, Patrick…

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DNC seizes on Sun-Sentinel’s call for Marco Rubio to resign

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Without further editorial comment, the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday sent out a mass email statement that included the entire content of Wednesday morning’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel lead editorial, entitled, “Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off.” It comes after Rubio has continued to make reactionary remarks when asked about his poor attendance record in the Senate this year. Rubio had missed 92 of the year’s 284 roll calls as of Tuesday morning, a 68 percent attendance rate. That’s worse…

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Donald Trump to close out first full day of RPOF Sunshine Summit

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Donald Trump, the solid front-runner in Florida and nationally in the GOP presidential race, will be the sixth and final candidate to speak at the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit taking place Nov. 13-14 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Twelve candidates in all will participate in the event, a fundraiser for the RPOF and one that looked in danger of being a bust just a few weeks ago, when only native sons Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush had committed to participating. Rubio will be the first…

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4th Floor Files talks with Sean Pittman about end-of-session blues, an antique Mercedes and the City of Gretna

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with attorney and lobbyist Sean Pittman, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Tallahassee by the Tallahassee Democrat. In addition to lobbying and his legal practice, Pittman also co-hosts The Usual Suspects, one of North Florida’s and South Georgia’s premier weekly political talk shows. Here is the file on Sean Pittman: Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My wife Audra; we have been married since 2009. We have three beautiful daughters:…

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DCCC lays out how John Mica is beatable due to redistricting in CD 7

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Under the newly drawn Congressional District 7 seat awaiting Florida Supreme Court approval, venerable north-central area GOP U.S. Rep. John Mica appears vulnerable for the first time in his 22-year-long congressional career. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is excited about that possibility. In a memo released on Tuesday by Jermaine House, south regional press secretary for the DCCC, it’s made clear that the Florida 7th is now a battleground district. House writes that the redrawn district becomes 2-3 points more Democratic, and President Obama carried the new district…

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House Dems slam Marco Rubio for immigration vote — his first since Sept. 24

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In recent weeks, Democrats (and even some opposing Republican presidential candidates) have relished attacking Marco Rubio for missing votes in the Senate as he campaigns for president. But on Tuesday, three members of the Democratic Progressive Caucus were attacking the Florida senator for a bill that he actually voted on (his first since September 24) — a bill that would force sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The measure lost on Tuesday when it failed to get the 60 votes…

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Patrick Murphy slams Alan Grayson as ‘two-faced’

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While addressing reporters Wednesday afternoon during the formal presentation at the AP Florida Legislative Planning Session in Tallahassee, Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy pointed out the major difference between himself and Alan Grayson, his main challenger in next year’s Senate contest. “Style, first and foremost.” “Congressman Grayson prides himself on being the bomb throwin’, name calling, finger-pointing … you know, calling the President a sellout a few weeks ago, calling members of Congress ‘Taliban Dan’ and KKK members (a reference to Grayson’s description of GOP U.S. Rep. Daniel…

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