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Evan Jenne’s ‘tipping point’: A run for House Democratic Leader

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It’s tough to be a top Democrat in Florida, but Evan Jenne is going for it. Jenne, of Dania Beach, recently announced his intention to seek the leadership of the House Democrats in 2020-22. In a state where Republicans have controlled the Legislature for the last two decades, “you can’t promise definitively that something will happen,” he said. That said, he added, “If I say I’m going to do something, you can stick to my word.” The 39-year-old first served in…

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Janet Cruz highlights diversity in picking Democratic leadership

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Florida House Democratic chief Janet Cruz announced her leadership team Wednesday, saying she strove for diversity in their selection. “In order to build consensus on how to confront the difficult issues facing our state, we must take into account the many varying stakeholders whose futures will be affected by the decisions we make in the Legislature,” Cruz said in a written statement. Leading on policy will be Evan Jenne and Cynthia Stafford. Jenne, of Dania Beach, had served in leadership…

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Alan Grayson may have crossed ethical line in attacking Democrats on trade deal

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Alan Grayson has done it again, and this time it’s more than just foul language. He could be facing a violation of congressional ethics rules, which prohibit the use of official House phone numbers for fundraising. The Florida congressman and outspoken liberal once more irritated senior House Democrats; now it is over a fundraising email that slams members of his own party who support a controversial trade bill. POLITICO reports that Grayson’s misguided money pitch urges supporters to “petition your government to redress…

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Rick Kriseman files military readiness bill urging repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Rick Kriseman has filed House Memorial 1459 urging Congress to adopt and the President of United States to sign into law legislation that repeals the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and institutes a policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation with respect to service in the U.S. Military. “It’s past time to end the failed policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There are nearly eighty thousand gay or lesbian veterans who live in Florida; brave men and women who served…

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Rick Kriseman files military readiness bill urging repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Rick Kriseman has filed House Memorial 1459 urging Congress to adopt and the President of United States to sign into law legislation that repeals the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and institutes a policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation with respect to service in the U.S. Military. “It’s past time to end the failed policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There are nearly eighty thousand gay or lesbian veterans who live in Florida; brave men and women who served…

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