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Out of the gate, EMILY’s List backing Gwen Graham in Florida governor’s race

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No sooner has Democrat Gwen Graham entered the governor’s race than she picked up the endorsement of the national women’s candidates support group EMILY’s List. Graham had also earned the EMILY’s List backing when she ran for Congress in 2014. “Gwen Graham doesn’t need to tell Floridians that she’s a champion for women and families in her state — her record proves that beyond a doubt,” EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock stated in a news release. “While serving in one…

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Activists predict abortion will be a hot issue in campaigns

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With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections. Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas. “It’s an amazing convergence of…

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No love for Pam Keith from EMILY’S List

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The premise behind pro-Democratic women’s political committee EMILY’S List goes like this: “Early Money Is Like Yeast,” because it “makes the dough rise.” And for hundreds of pro-abortion rights women running for office since 1985, with the group’s help, it has. But not, so far, for Florida U.S. Senate candidate Pam Keith. In many ways, the political newcomer fits the bill for an endorsement from the group, which would open major doors for Keith’s fledgling campaign and activate its powerful national base of…

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Mary Mulhern says she’s officially running for CD 13 seat in Pinellas County

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Mary Mulhern announced today that she will be soon filing to run for the Florida Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County currently being occupied by Republican incumbent David Jolly. The 56-year-old former Tampa City Councilwoman floated the idea just 11 days ago that she was contemplating a possible run for the seat, which was held for over 42 years by C.W. Bill Young until his death in late 2013. She said at the time that she had been meeting in recent…

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EMILY’S List endorses Gwen Graham for 2016 re-election bid

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Women’s political group EMILY’s List has endorsed U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in her 2016 congressional re-election bid. With more than 3 million members, EMILY’s List — EMILY stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast — supports progressive women who support abortion rights. The group announced its endorsement on Twitter Tuesday morning. Getting the nod from EMILY’s List is far from insignificant. Founded by Democratic strategist Ellen Malcolm, the group is considered one of the “heavy hitters” of national politics. According…

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Jeb Bush: Give 11 million immigrants chance to stay

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that 11 million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party’s contentious immigrant debate. In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP’s next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold outsized influence. As he moves toward a presidential campaign, the brother and son of former presidents has not backed away from his…

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Wayne Garcia — the PoHo — screwed up

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If he was still in the political consulting business, Wayne Garcia would probably be the busiest guy in town right now. He was at the top of his game before he left the business to write for The Weekly Planet and teach at UF. Of all the pros in the local political scene, I respect Wayne’s opinion probably the most because he’s independent enough to not snowjob every story. That said, Wayne Garcia, the self-titled Political Whore or PoHo, screwed…

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