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Eight grassroots leaders give thumbs up to Gwen Graham

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Democrat Gwen Graham is adding eight new endorsements Friday in her quest to become the state’s next governor. The endorsements announced by her campaign include a host of young and engaged grassroots leaders from across the state.

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2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidates to speak in St. Petersburg Saturday

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Four potential or actual Democratic candidates running for governor next year will speak in St. Petersburg on Saturday night. Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, Central Florida businessman Chris King, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Tallahassee Congresswoman Gwen Graham will speak at the Democratic County Chairs Association (DCCA) weekend-long retreat kicking off at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. Gillum and King are officially in the race. Levine is testing the waters, while Graham continues to inch closer to an announcement. The…

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Builders Stephen Bittel and Donald Trump have things in common

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Everyone in America knows the name of President Donald Trump. On the other hand, few are familiar with Stephen Bittel, even in his home state of Florida. As of noon on Friday, Donald Trump officially became the President of the United States. As of January 14, Bittel became the latest Chairman of the Florida Democratic Party. For all of the obvious differences of party affiliation, the two men have some things in common. Both are wealthy developers. Both are known…

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Florida Democrats tab wealthy developer Stephen Bittel to lead party

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Despite challenges from leading, longtime Democrat activists from Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville and Kissimmee, wealthy South Florida developer and party fundraiser Stephen Bittel was elected chairman Saturday of the Florida Democratic Party. Bittel won on the first ballot, winning 55 percent of the weighted votes against Alan Clendenin, Dwight Bullard, Lisa King and Leah Carius, quickly ending weeks of wheelings and dealings, charges and counter charges. There remains a lawsuit in Miami-Dade challenging Bittel’s candidacy qualification. Bittel, who runs several companies in…

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Alan Clendenin wins appeal to seek Democrats’ state chair

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Longtime Florida Democratic leader Alan Clendenin is back in the running for the party’s state chairmanship after winning an overwhelming vote to reject a committee’s ruling from Friday night that had disqualified him. Clendenin’s candidacy for the state chair was restored after he made a “you know me” speech Saturday morning to the Florida Democratic Party executive committee, to toss the Friday ruling by the party’s Judicial Council, which had ruled him ineligible. “What happened yesterday had very little to…

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Palm Beach state committeeman, committeewoman endorse Stephen Bittel for FDP Chair

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With just hours to go before the Florida Democratic Party Executive Committee votes for a new party chair, front-runner Stephen Bittel announced that he has the backing of John Ramos and Deidre Newton, the Palm Beach County State Committeeman and Committeewomen, respectively. “The Palm Beach County Democratic Party Executive Committee Board of Directors, members, zone leaders and elected officials participated in the decision to endorse Stephen Bittel,” Ramos and Newton said in a statement released by the Bittel campaign Saturday morning. Bittel…

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Subcommittee accepts complaint against Alan Clendenin, but he remains eligible for Fla. Dem Chair

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Blame it on the fog of internal byzantine party rules, but Alan Clendenin remains eligible for Florida Democratic Party chair. Late Friday afternoon, this website reported that Clendenin was ineligible to compete in Saturday’s vote, after an FDP subcommittee voted to accept a complaint filed against him regarding his move last month from Hillsborough County to Bradford County to make himself eligible for the election. However, the entire state committee will be asked to accept or reject the subcommittee’s vote on Saturday morning before they vote for…

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