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The year of the openly gay candidate in Florida politics

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This is the year that Central Florida gays step boldly into the political spotlight, joining an increasingly large outpouring of gay candidates statewide. Four openly gay Orlando-area Democratic candidates are running for election in federal and state races this year; Valleri Crabtree in Florida’s 9th Congressional District centered in south Orlando and Kissimmee; Bob Poe in Florida’s 10th Congressional District centered in west Orlando. There is also Beth Tuura in the 47th Florida House District centered in central Orlando, and Carlos Guillermo…

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New hacker document dump incudes DCCC notes on CD 13 race

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Files posted Monday by hacker group Guccifer 2.0 include internal documents from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on congressional races in Florida. They explicitly contain “campaign overviews” and “paths to victory” in Congressional Districts 7, 10, 13, 18 and 26. The document related to the Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District race is dated from April when Eric Lynn was still running against Charlie Crist for the Democratic nomination. Lynn has since dropped out of the race and is now running for a…

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Endorsement Watch: Associated Industries of Florida, Democratic Progressive Caucus, the Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including Associated Industries of Florida, the Democratic Progressive Caucus, and the Florida Retail Federation — issued endorsements. — Associated Industries of Florida has endorsed Marco Rubio in his U.S. Senate re-election bid. “Marco has led rational efforts to reassert American principles of freedom and representative government throughout the globe,” said Tom Feeney, the president…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.10.16 – Bob Poe’s courage

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Former Florida Democratic Party state chairman Bob Poe revealed Thursday that he’s HIV-positive. The 61-year-old Democrat says in a video that he’s healthy because he got tested and diagnosed early, but he wanted to share his condition publicly to “remove the fear, the stigma and the shame that goes with this.” “It’s those things that keep people from getting the diagnosis and the treatment that they need to live perfectly healthy lives like I have,” he says. “I have a motto in my life:…

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Congressional candidate Bob Poe: ‘I have HIV’

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Democratic congressional candidate Bob Poe of Orlando announced Thursday that he has HIV though he is healthy and has been so since first being diagnosed 18 years ago. Poe, a Democrat running in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, said he struggled all year trying to decide whether, when and how to come out to voters and the public that he is HIV-positive. Thursday he said he just could not live with himself keeping it secret any longer. Human immunodeficiency virus, if untreated, causes…

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Florida Democrats to convene this weekend at Disney Resort

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The Florida Democratic Party will gather this weekend for their fall convention in Lake Buena Vista. The confab comes almost a full  year before the 2016 election, where in addition to trying to keep the state blue for the third straight time at the presidential level, the party is hoping to get one of their own to join Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate. One of the highlights of the three-day event takes place Saturday night when Senate candidates Alan Grayson, Patrick…

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Bob Poe tells Democratic donors he’ll run for Congress

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With Demi Lovato and John Legend slated to perform and comedian Amy Schumer mingling with guests, the star-studded birthday party for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a must-attend event for much of the Democratic Party’s elite. Hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour at designer Vera Wang‘s Upper East Side home, there were dozens of celebrities, fashion icons and power brokers in attendance. Representing the Sunshine State were Alex Sink, Mitchell Berger, Chris Korge, Jared Moskowitz, and Ben Pollara. Another Floridian who was there and turned heads…

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