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Gwen Graham calls for extended session to avoid shutdown

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham on Friday renewed her call for an up-or-down vote on a House budget to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. On Thursday, Graham called upon the House’s Republican leadership to pass a “clean” budget extension – that is, one without a provision to defund Planned Parenthood as many right-leaning House GOP-ers are now calling for. In lieu of that, Graham joined 79 fellow members of Congress in writing an open letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to…

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Personnel note: Chamber taps former Daniel Webster aide as new influencer

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U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster‘s former chief of staff has been named the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of government affairs, the Chamber announced in a Friday press release. Frank Walker III also worked for three other U.S. lawmakers: Former U.S. Sens. George LeMieux and Mel Martinez of Florida, and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington state. “After more than a decade in Washington, I know the solutions to the challenges facing Florida and our nation come from the state…

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Gwen Graham will soon reveal her 2016 intentions

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Down deep, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may already know whether she will run for re-election next year. With the Florida House and Senate in agreement on the new look of her District 2 and Corrine Brown’s District 5, the writing (or map) appears to be on the wall. Graham is doing the right thing by waiting until the court makes it official. Barring something totally unforeseen, a good chunk of her Democratic support in Tallahassee, Leon County and all of…

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Mary Thomas calls on Gwen Graham to return Planned Parenthood contributions

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Republican congressional hopeful Mary Thomas went on the offensive Monday, calling for first-term U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham to return $5,500 in campaign funds she received from Planned Parenthood. “It’s been over two weeks since the Family Research Council (FRC) exposed Rep. Gwen Graham for accepting $5,500 in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood,” Thomas wrote in a press release. “While videos continue to be released showing how Planned Parenthood sold aborted baby parts for profit, Rep. Graham remains silent on the issue.” Thomas went on to say Graham was “out of touch” with North Florida families…

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Steve Southerland will not run in 2016

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Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland announced Tuesday he will not seek the Panhandle congressional seat he represented from 2011 until 2015. “It is after great thought and prayerful consideration that I’ve decided not to be a candidate for Congress in 2016,” said the Panama City Republican. “I’ve been blessed with the support of Susan and our daughters throughout this process, and we appreciate the words of encouragement we’ve received from so many people across North and Northwest Florida.” “I believe it’s…

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As Mary Thomas readies CD 2 bid, Steve Southerland prays on returning

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Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland is considering another run in Florida’s Second Congressional District, according to two sources close to the former north Florida Congressman. Southerland represented north central Florida in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2015 before an upset defeat at the hands of U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham sent him packing. Florida Politics first reported in March that Southerland would not seek a rematch against Graham in 2016, however he is now seriously weighing a return to electoral politics because it appears likely that Florida’s congressional districts map…

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FDP comms director Joshua Karp to join Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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Communications Director for the Florida Democratic Party Joshua Karp is leaving his post to join U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s Democratic campaign to replace outgoing Marco Rubio in the Senate. Karp will remain with the FDP — where press secretary and Twitter gadfly extraordinaire Max Steele is set to replace him — until the end of the month. He has worked with the state party since 2013. The William & Mary alum coordinated closely with fellow comms guru Eric Conrad on a media strategy to elect…

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