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Kathy Castor ‘running on adrenaline’ after 26-hour sit-in House protest

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor said Thursday she is “running on adrenaline” following her participation in an overnight sit-in at the House of Representatives in Washington. The Tampa congresswoman joined other Democrats in a protest against the refusal by House Speaker Paul Ryan to allow a vote on restricting access to military-style assault weapons in the wake of the mass murder June 12 in Orlando. The protest lasted about 26 hours after it began at 11:24 a.m. Wednesday. “The sit-in is…

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Vern Buchanan wants Congress to quickly fund President Obama $1.9 billion request for Zika

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When it comes to pushing for Congress to allocate the $1.9 billion request to handle the Zika crisis, Barack Obama has no greater advocate in Congress than Sarasota Representative Vern Buchanan. The GOP lawmaker penned a letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday, urging them to listen to the medical experts and appoint a conference committee immediately to come together to pass the full amount requested by the White House and most Democrats. “The cost of delay is unacceptably high,” Buchanan writes in a…

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Barack Obama says Democrats are good for American government

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President Barack Obama praised Democratic lawmakers for having his back through some politically tough votes and encouraged supporters to help elect more of them in November. “A Democratic Congress is good for America,” he said Friday. Obama also criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to consider his Supreme Court nominee and said GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz aren’t “outliers” but are simply parroting what some congressional Republicans have said for years. Obama didn’t mention that votes taken by…

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Dennis Ross lacerates Republican House leadership

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If you want to hear some good trash talking about how ineffective the Republican-led House conference has been since taking power back from the Democrats in 2010, you don’t need to listen to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Hillary Clinton. Just listen to any Republican running to serve in Washington next year. On Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club’s monthly meeting, Polk County-based GOP U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross was the latest Republican member of Congress to blast the Republican…

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Gwen Graham calls for extended session to avoid shutdown

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham on Friday renewed her call for an up-or-down vote on a House budget to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. On Thursday, Graham called upon the House’s Republican leadership to pass a “clean” budget extension – that is, one without a provision to defund Planned Parenthood as many right-leaning House GOP-ers are now calling for. In lieu of that, Graham joined 79 fellow members of Congress in writing an open letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to…

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In op-ed, Jeb Bush links his tax reform package to California’s iconic Prop 13

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With the second Republican Party presidential debate taking place this week at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, we’re hearing more references than ever by the GOP candidates to the the nation’s 40th president, who remains as powerful an iconic figure as anyone in Republican politics. That certainly includes Jeb Bush, whose op-ed in today’s Orange County Register is titled, “A Reagan-inspired tax reform plan.” He begins the piece by celebrating the fact that the debate (to be televised by CNN at 8 p.m.…

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Eric Lynn’s campaign team includes high-profile Obama staffers

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CD 13 Democratic candidate Eric Lynn, the only declared candidate in the Pinellas County congressional race, announced his campaign team today, and it includes two nationally known figures who played important parts in getting Barack Obama elected president twice. Bill Burton and Anita Dunn from the political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker have signed on to the campaign as Lynn’s media consultants. Burton has been acting as the press spokesperson role ever since Lynn got into the race. He was the national spokesman for…

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