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Florida Dems launch ‘Marco Rubio for President’ website

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Florida Democrats are taking Marco Rubio’s vow to serve out a full term in the U.S. Senate with a grain of salt. The Florida Democratic Party launched Thursday. The landing page features a 30-second video of Rubio saying during Monday’s U.S. Senate debate he would “serve in the Senate for the next six years, God willing.” “I’m going to be a senator for the next six years on behalf of the state of Florida,” the Miami Republican says in…

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Bill Clinton to Florida voters: ‘Don’t be someone who doesn’t show up’

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Time is running out to register vote. Former President Bill Clinton drove that point home Tuesday during a three-city swing through Florida. The trip was meant to coincide with the voter registration deadline, but a federal court judge extended the deadline to Wednesday. And the former president encouraged Floridians to take advantage of that extension, telling Lee County supporters to get out and make sure their friends and family are able to vote come Election Day. “We got until tomorrow…

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Federal judge extends Florida’s voter registration deadline to Wednesday

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A federal court judge has extended Florida’s voter registration deadline. In a court order Monday, District Court Judge Mark E. Walker directed the state’s top elections official to extend the voter registration deadline to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The one-day extension comes just one day after the Florida Democratic Party sued Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner over the deadline. The deadline to vote was Tuesday, but Florida Democrats said the deadline should be extended because of Hurricane Matthew.…

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Florida Dems’ claim big voter registration drive advantage; yet racial splits widening

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The Florida Democratic Party is reporting that more than 221,000 new Democratic voters have been added to the state’s voter rolls during the first eight months of this year – 20 percent more than the number of new Republicans. The gap is far wider among new voters who are black, Hispanic or reporting “other” races on their voter registrations, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the FDP. On the other hand, almost twice as many white people registered as Republicans than…

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These Tampa Bay area Democrats are going to Philadelphia as delegates

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Last Saturday across the state, Florida Democrats voted for a portion of the delegates who will represent the state at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July. Here the delegates that will be representing the Tampa Bay area. Bernie Sanders delegates: From Congressional District 12: Larry Floriani, Vice Chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Party and Ellen Floriani, former vice president of the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County. From Congressional District 13: Mary Lou Ambrose, President of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Democratic Club,…

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Allison Tant: ‘Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate in living memory’

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The chair of the Florida Democratic Party is scolding Republican candidates for supporting Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. “Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate in living memory, and every Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Florida believes he has passed the commander and chief test,” said Allison Tant in a statement. “Their willingness to turn over the most powerful military in the world to a pathological liar with poor impulse control disqualifies them from serving the people of Florida…

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Florida Democratic Party establishment discusses task force report

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Among the headlines of a just-released review on what happened to Florida Democrats in 2014 is a familiar woe – a lack of financial resources to compete with the Republican Party. The report, called the Leadership Expansion to Advance Democrats (LEAD) task force, is scheduled to be released to the public on Sunday, but the Florida Democratic Party released it to select reporters on Friday. “We raised more money in this last election cycle than we ever raised,” said Florida…

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