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Dena Minning files to succeed beau Alan Grayson in Orlando congressional seat

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Dr. Dena Minning — a medical doctor and “biotechnology entrepreneur” — has officially filed to succeed her boyfriend and fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the Orlando-based 9th Congressional District, according to records filed today with the Federal Election Commission. The move makes formal a move that was expected for months, shortly after rumors intensified that Grayson would leave his safe, minority-plurality House district to make a run for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Minning joins a heated, now…

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David Jolly releases first U.S. Senate campaign video

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly released the first official campaign video of his run for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. Entitled simply “The Conservative,” the new ad touts his ideological credentials on issues related to education, Florida fisheries and veterans’ affairs in an appeal to the GOP base. “A little more than a year ago,” Jolly begins, Pinellas voters elected the 42-year-old lawmaker “in a special election that the pundits said we couldn’t win; a Republican couldn’t win; a conservative couldn’t win.” Jolly —…

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Some big-time national lefties not sold on Alan Grayson for Senate

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Citing personal baggage and “divisive rhetoric,” national leaders in the progressive movement are abstaining from supporting U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson‘s campaign to leave his safe Democratic House seat to jump to the Senate, writes Andrea Drusch in National Journal. “Alan Grayson’s opening Senate salvo should have been the campaign of liberals’ dreams. In the first week of his campaign, the Florida House Democrat and longtime champion of liberal causes immediately pushed progressives’ favorite policies—and ripped into his moderate Democratic primary opponent, fellow…

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With Alan Grayson set to announce a Senate bid, the political dominoes are about to fall in Central Florida

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Rumors surrounding U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his designs on the Senate seat Marco Rubio will soon vacate are nothing new. But with word spreading the self-proclaimed “Congressman with Guts” will officially announce tomorrow, efforts to prepare for the electoral domino effect he will leave in his wake are gaining a new urgency. Grayson’s decision to give up a coveted seat in the U.S. House to tussle with U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for the Democratic Senate nomination opens up anew a rich vein of speculation…

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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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Patrick Murphy, David Jolly react to Ron DeSantis’ 2016 Senate bid

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On the heels of U.S. Rep. Ron DeDantis announcing a 2016 bid for the Republican nomination for Marco Rubio‘s seat in the U.S. Senate, Florida pols around the state are processing and reacting as the ever-shifting field of play shifts yet again. Pinellas U.S. Rep. David Jolly — also rumored to have taken an interest in the seat, following demurrals from Vern Buchanan and Jeff Atwater –– offered the following Wednesday morning: “I congratulate Ron on his decision to enter what will be a very…

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Patrick Murphy announces endorsements by almost half of Democratic state lawmakers

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been racking up major Democratic endorsements at a rapid clip since he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate back in late March. On Thursday he continued that trend, announcing via news release that he has secured the support of 25 sitting Florida state legislators. “From South Florida to Tampa, from Orlando to the Panhandle, people are joining this campaign to get Washington working for Florida,” said Murphy in a written statement.  He continued: “I am overwhelmed to…

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