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Jeff Moran drops out, backs Ken Sukhia in CD 2

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Republican Jeff Moran dropped out of contention for the 2nd Congressional District primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham Thursday morning, and is throwing his support behind former U.S Attorney Ken Sukhia. Moran’s move cuts the four-way GOP candidate pool down to three, and helps Sukhia consolidate his support in the more populous eastern half of the sprawling eastern Panhandle district. Spending as much time on the campaign trail as I have, you get to know the other candidates pretty well. I’ve gotten to know…

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Another day, another position on guns for Darren Soto

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At first blush, Sen. Darren Soto joining other Orlando-area lawmakers in calling for a Special Session to implement new restrictions on firearms purchases make perfect sense. After all, he’s a young Democrat from an urban Central Florida district who occasionally makes liberal noises when it comes to LGBT rights, women’s access to heath care, and other relatively safe social issues. So it stands to reason that in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre that has left Orlando traumatized and angry, Soto…

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Barack Obama to fundraise for DNC in Miami on June 3

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President Barack Obama is headed to Miami. The president will be in Miami on June 3 for a fundraiser to support the Democratic National Committee. According to an invitation for the event, the dinner is being billed as an opportunity to support the national party, and “stop Donald Trump from reaching the White House in 2016.” “President Obama has built a tremendous legacy during his time in office and it is extremely important that we keep the White House and…

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Charlie Crist named to DCCC’s “Red-to-Blue” program

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Charlie Crist has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) list of of 2016 candidates for their “Red to Blue” program, which highlights strong Democratic candidates running in open seats and districts held by Republicans that the DCCC hope to flip this November. The program offers these candidates financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. In most cases, the Democrats are first-time candidates, and such recognition gives encouragement and confidence in them that the party believes that they have a somewhat legitimate chance to…

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Rick Scott’s makes almost-endorsement of Mary Thomas

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Gov. Rick Scott came about as a pol can get to endorsing another without pulling the trigger. At a private fundraiser hosted by the conservative Club for Growth, writes POLITICO Florida’s Matt Dixon, Scott singled out Thomas for special praise. “Mary came aboard with me right after I got elected back in 2010 and worked in my general counsel office, and to give her bragging rights, everything she touched, it worked,” Scott said, according to audio from the meeting provided to POLITICO Florida. “So…

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Gwen Graham “disappointed” by redistricting decision

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said she is disappointed in Monday’s district to uphold redrawn U.S. House maps. Graham responded to news that a federal panel struck down objections to a 2015 redistricting decision filed by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown who, like Graham, will now see radical changes to her congressional district. “I’m disappointed the Second Congressional District will be transformed from a fair, moderate district into two extreme partisan districts. Dividing Tallahassee hurts North Florida and our community,” said Graham. “Now that the…

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Court rejects Corrine Brown’s bid to throw out Florida congressional map

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A panel of federal judges Monday shot down U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown‘s challenge of Florida’s congressional redistricting. In a 26-page order, the three judges said Brown had “not proven (her) case and that defendants are entitled to judgment in their favor.” The defendants include the League of Women Voters of Florida, Common Cause and others who last year forced a redrawing of Florida’s congressional district map. Brown had asked the court to set aside her redrawn seat, the 5th Congressional District. The Jacksonville Democrat has said her new district violates…

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