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Gwen Graham picks up Nan Rich’s endorsement

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As Florida Democrats gather for their Leadership Blue conference, gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham has grabbed the endorsement of the former Democratic Senate minority leader who for many appeared to be the heart of the party during her failed 2014 run for governor. Nan Rich, now a Broward County commissioner, has extended her endorsement to Graham, who faces Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Winter Park affordable housing developer Chris King for the Democratic nomination in 2018. “Gwen Graham has the integrity…

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Florida pols react to Gwen Graham’s 2018 plans announcement

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham made waves on Thursday when she said she’s eyeing a 2018 run for Florida Governor. Here’s an early look at what Sunshine State politicos are saying regarding the Panhandle’s first Congresswoman’s announcement. “Gwen has been a great partner to work with in the House. From her work on the Apalachicola Bay to fighting oil drilling off our beaches, she always puts Florida first. She’s accomplished much, and I know we’re going to continue to see great things from…

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Personnel note: Stephanie Grutman joins Ballard Partners’ new Broward office

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For its newly launched Broward County office, lobbying firm Ballard Partners announced today hiring government relations and fundraising expert Stephanie Grutman. Grutman brings more than 17 years of experience, which included being one of Politics Magazine’s most influential Democrats in Florida for 2009. She also spent four years as finance director of Senate Victory for the Florida Democratic Party, working under Democratic leaders such as state Sens. Nan Rich, Chris Smith, and Arthenia Joyner. Ballard Partners President Brian Ballard praised…

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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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Florida progressives blast Patrick Murphy as a ‘Wall Street Democrat’

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South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has started off quickly in his quest to become the Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 2016, and the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida (DPCF) has a message to the rest of the party — not so fast. “When it comes to the race shaping up to replace Marco Rubio, we believe that Floridians are looking for a bold champion who will inspire and engage voters,” said DPCF President Susan Smith in a conference…

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Florida Democratic Progressive Caucus wants Alan Grayson to run for Senate

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While South Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is gathering statewide attention today as he becomes the first candidate to officially declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Marco Rubio, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party isn’t part of the cheering section for the two-term congressman. The Progressive Democratic Caucus announced this morning the results of a survey they recently took in which Orlando area U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson was its pick to become the party’s 2016 nominee, taking 63…

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Democratic activist David Schauer contemplating challenge to Sen. Arthenia Joyner

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Democratic activist David Schauer, treasurer of St. Pete Pride and treasurer to the Pinellas DEC, has sent a letter to state Sen. Nan Rich, the Democratic leader in the Florida Senate, that he intends to run an insurgent campaign against lackluster incumbent Arthenia Joyner.  This is not the first time a possible challenger to Sen. Joyner has considered running against her.  State Rep. Darryl Rouson, bolstered by intriguing poll numbers, is also said to be thinking about running against Sen. Joyner. The…

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