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Florida Democrats have clear choice in race to replace Marco Rubio

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Florida Democrats must decide whether their best shot at winning the Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio is a liberal firebrand who has said the GOP health plan was to hope people die quickly, or a moderate Democrat who often votes with Republicans. Rubio is giving up his seat to seek the Republican nomination for president, and it’s targeted by Democrats hoping to regain a majority in the chamber. The two major candidates are U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a…

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Patrick Murphy slams Alan Grayson as ‘two-faced’

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While addressing reporters Wednesday afternoon during the formal presentation at the AP Florida Legislative Planning Session in Tallahassee, Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy pointed out the major difference between himself and Alan Grayson, his main challenger in next year’s Senate contest. “Style, first and foremost.” “Congressman Grayson prides himself on being the bomb throwin’, name calling, finger-pointing … you know, calling the President a sellout a few weeks ago, calling members of Congress ‘Taliban Dan’ and KKK members (a reference to Grayson’s description of GOP U.S. Rep. Daniel…

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Patrick Murphy responds to Club for Growth pro-Alan Grayson ad, says GOP is ‘afraid’

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A new digital ad from the Club for Growth applauds liberal Alan Grayson, while panning fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy, over each lawmaker’s position on the Export-Import Bank of the United States. According to a statement, the group will begin airing the ad statewide on MSNBC and other channels accross Florida, the third phase of a $1 million media campaign that includes digital ads. The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the nation’s official export credit agency. As an independent, self-sustaining…

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Marco Rubio floats trial balloon on tax reform at donor meeting

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In a conservative donors preview last weekend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio unveiled a tax reform plan he intends to introduce soon with Utah Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee. The Florida senator, who has indicated he will likely run for president rather than  for re-election to the U.S. Senate, told attendees at the Club for Growth meeting his agenda: to pass an alternative to Obamacare, close the Export-Import Bank and eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. According to POLITICO’s James Hohmann,…

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Congress’ dysfunction not limited to Homeland Security fight

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Congress’ dysfunction isn’t limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption. Lawmakers couldn’t finish their work last year and it’s showing now. The leftover business could prove even more divisive than the dispute over rolling back President Barack Obama‘s immigration policies on a bill providing money for the Department of Homeland Security. Stretches of brinkmanship are certain to consume much of the legislative calendar in 2015. One critical issue is whether to increase the nation’s borrowing…

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