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Infamous dates: The moments that influenced Florida politics in 2016

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Everyone expected Florida to play an important role in politics this year. And why wouldn’t they? Presidential hopefuls hailed from here; the state’s electoral votes were coveted; and its Senate race could have determined control of the U.S. Senate. But just like many predictions in 2016, some of the prophecies for Florida’s outsized role on the national stage fell flat. Many believed a Sunshine state politico would be a presidential nominee (not quite right) or that the election would hinge…

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Alan Grayson says goodbye to Orange County Democrats, for now

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando made what’s likely to be his swan song appearance for now before Orange County Democrats Saturday, thanking them for backing him so he could “do so much good for so many people.” Grayson sought the state Democratic nomination to run for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat but lost, and so he did not seek re-election this year to a fourth term. That opened the door to Darren Soto, who won in Florida’s 9th Congressional…

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Bill Rufty: Polk becoming a two-Party county?

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Polk County will likely never return to the Democratic bastion that was home to four U.S. senators, three governors, and four presidents of the Florida Senate. But from Tuesday’s primaries and the fielding of candidates for the Nov. 8 general elections, Polk Democrats are slowly learning to make the now-GOP bastion a two-party county again. There was a big Democratic Primary in eastern Polk County for Florida’s 9th Congressional District, but not one of the four candidates were from Polk. However,…

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In Tampa, Alan Grayson says a Senate victory for him is the chance “to take our govt. back”

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“All rise!” Those were the first words that Alan Grayson uttered in jest while entering a conference room at the Seminole Heights Library in Tampa on Thursday night. The Orlando area U.S. Representative and U.S. Senate candidate then gave a sarcastic shoutout to the “trackers” who follow his every move in public, before setting in for the next hour-and-half- to take questions from approximately 80 people at the town-hall meeting. Gun control, the environment, restoring the voting rights to ex-felons, and even…

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Democrat Dena Grayson enters public phase of her CD 9 race as Zika threat looms

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Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Dena Grayson is opening the public phase of her run in Florida’s 9th Congressional District at a time when her professional expertise may be characterized as a unique, critical national asset. She’s also entering the limelight for the Aug. 30 Democratic primary, with perhaps the race’s biggest endorser at her side. The most important issue facing Central Florida through the next two years? “It is possible it is Zika.” That was not Dena Grayson speaking. That was her newlywed husband,…

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