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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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Corrine Brown, Alan Grayson call for ban of assault weapons

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Democratic U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Alan Grayson — whose districts include the Pulse nightclub and nearby neighborhoods — made renewed calls Monday for Congress to ban assault weapons. Brown, whose Jacksonville-based 5th Congressional District stretches to Orlando and includes the site of the Pulse massacre scene, said her office is in discussions with that of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, to work up a bill of their own to reinstitute a ban on assault weapons. “Law enforcement officers, other people say, ‘why do…

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Darren Soto to speak at Polk Tiger Bay on Oct. 15

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State Sen. Darren Soto will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County next week. The Orlando Democrat, who is running for Florida’s 9th Congressional District, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave. in Bartow.  Soto, who represents Senate District 14, is among five Democrats and one Republican seeking the office vacated by U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, the Orlando liberal vacating the seat…

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Rick Kriseman to host Sarasota fundraiser for Susannah Randolph in CD9 race

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is the featured host for a Sarasota fundraiser later this month for Susannah Randolph, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. “Susannah Randolph has a strong record of fighting for Florida’s middle class, seniors, and the environment,”  Kriseman says in the announcement. “I am proud to support her and Central Florida needs and deserves a fighter for fairness like her.” In one of the most intriguing congressional primaries in the nation, Randolph is seeking to replace incumbent Alan Grayson, who…

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Mike La Rosa opens door to possible run for Alan Grayson’s open House seat

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As Alan Grayson launches a campaign for the U.S. Senate, both Republicans and Democrats are floating plans to replace the contentious Orlando liberal in Congress. One such possible candidate, state Rep. Mike La Rosa, cracked open the door on Thursday to a possible run for Florida’s Ninth Congressional District. In a statement, the two-term St. Cloud Republican, whose Florida House District 42 includes parts of Osceola and Polk counties – with many of the same voters as in CD 9 — said…

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