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Memorial Day Weekend is brought to you by these Florida lobbyists, Publix, and a slew of political associations

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First of all, Memorial Day commemorates something completely sober, which transcends the material: the brave sacrifices by countless Americans made to secure our freedoms, safety, and values. So much so, that our elective representatives have set a day aside where public institutions are closed and where people are encouraged to do the same in their own ways. But the observation of Memorial Day is wholly reflective, somber, and meaningful. That said, for many Americans, the long weekend of Memorial Day is…

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Self-styled D.C. “outsider” Steve Southerland turns up as Washington lobbyist

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On the campaign trail, former U.S. Rep.  Steve Southerland would always take great pains to remind anyone who would listen — especially anyone with a camera — that he was from the “real America.” He’d tell you he wasn’t some snobby sophisticate with insider ties to Capitol Hill power players like his 2014 opponent Gwen Graham. By Southerland’s account, the admittedly polished Graham was so tied in with the Washington establishment she was “more Potomac than Gulf Coast,” to use the National Republican Congressional Committee’s phrase.…

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Gwen Graham hauls in $525,000+ in first quarter fundraising

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Newly minted U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is set to be a major target of the National Republican Congressional Committee in her bid for re-election to Florida’s notoriously difficult-to-hold District 2, but according to figures released on Monday, she won’t be outgunned by the GOP House money machine: She raised more than half a million in her first three months in Congress. A good deal of that money came from sources outside traditional Democratic sources like trial lawyers and teachers, which are crucial for Graham’s chances…

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Steve Southerland will not challenge Gwen Graham in 2016, says his former chief of staff

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  U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham can breathe easier, at least if her former opponent’s chief aide knows what he is talking about. Jonathan Hayes, who served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, emailed members of the Bay County Republican Executive Committee to inform them that the two-term Republican will not be seeking a rematch against Graham in 2016. “Just wanted to let you all know that Steve will not be running for CD 2 re-election,” Hayes wrote on…

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Five minutes with Gwen Graham

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham won the 2nd District in November campaigning on a North Florida Way theme. Graham explained if sent to Washington then, like the residents of the farming, fishing and logging communities of the 14-county district, elected she would roll up her sleeves and work with others to get things done for the common good. She squeaked out a victory over an incumbent Tea Party favorite but once in office her approach to politics has caused heartburn on the…

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham wants crackdown on congressional perks

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North Florida U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has found a Republican co-sponsor for a crackdown on congressional perks. Graham, speaking Tuesday at a Tallahassee news conference, called the perks elimination act (HR 1339) a “common sense” measure that would save millions of dollars by prohibiting members of Congress from billing taxpayers to fly first class and rent luxury cars.  “It is common sense and I think it is what the people of our country deserve that tax dollars are used efficiently. There is…

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Gwen Graham planning to go directly to the people

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Voters in the 2nd Congressional District are still coming to terms with Congresswoman Gwen Graham’s campaign theme The North Florida Way. To help the process along, Graham Wednesday announced she will hold regular mobile office in the 12-rural counties she represents in addition to Tallahassee and Panama City. A lone bright spot for Florida Democrats in November when Graham defeated Tea Party favorite Steve Southerland, she has since drawn fire from the left for votes in favor of the Keystone…

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