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Gwen Graham introduces ‘AgShare’ legislation with Ted Yoho

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham – fresh off her barnstorming North Florida Farm Tour – is dropping an agriculture bill along with fellow North Floridian U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho. The bill would create a pilot “AgShare” program, which aims to free up farming equipment currently being held by the federal government for use by farmers. The legislation would create an equipment-sharing program administered through the Department of Defense, with an eye towards helping new farmers push past the extensive capital requirements that often serve as…

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Gwen Graham announces “North Florida Farm Tour” next month

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham announced what a spokesman called a “huge district event” Tuesday: The freshman congresswoman will tour more than a dozen farms in her Panhandle district to highlight agricultural issues. Graham’s “North Florida Farm Tour” will make stops in all 14 counties in her 2nd Congressional District, which runs from Madison to Bay counties in North and Northwest Florida The Democrat plans to kick off the event with a panel discussion with special guest Krysta Harden, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department…

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Email insights: Gwen Graham gives thanks at the halfway mark

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Some might find it hard to believe that one year ago North Florida Democrat Gwen Graham defeated Tea Party favorite Steve Southerland for her first term in Congress. As for Graham, it’s been quite the year, she says in a new email to supporters; one filled with a series of struggles: defending Medicare and Social Security, as well as protecting North Florida natural resources. With that, at the halfway mark, she gives thanks for all the people who stuck by…

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Gwen Graham celebrates Medicare’s 50th anniversary with Tallahassee seniors

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Here’s how you know the 114th Congress is definitely in recess. Building upon her support for social programs that have been the bedrock of her North Florida balancing act to maintain her Democratic bona fides, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham spent the day Friday visiting with a group of senior citizens in her home base of Tallahassee. Per a release from the Graham camp: Today, Representative Gwen Graham met with North Florida Seniors at Allegro Senior Living, in Tallahassee, to celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary and discuss…

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Steve Southerland will not run in 2016

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Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland announced Tuesday he will not seek the Panhandle congressional seat he represented from 2011 until 2015. “It is after great thought and prayerful consideration that I’ve decided not to be a candidate for Congress in 2016,” said the Panama City Republican. “I’ve been blessed with the support of Susan and our daughters throughout this process, and we appreciate the words of encouragement we’ve received from so many people across North and Northwest Florida.” “I believe it’s…

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Gwen Graham earns plaudits, charts singular course with recent Clean Air vote

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On Wednesday the League of Conservation Voters announced the launch of an online ad campaign to — no, not to raise campaign cash like every other email we see these days — but rather to show its appreciation for U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham for her vote last week against a bill to roll back environmental protection provisions under the Clean Air Act. “Congresswoman Gwen Graham is standing up to climate change deniers and taking a commonsense approach to protecting our health and the environment…

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Gwen Graham moves three measures through the U.S. House

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Today’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the National Defense Authorization Act, which appropriates $612 billion in spending for the Pentagon and military priorities, also marks the House approval of three initiatives sponsored by Democratic congresswoman from Florida’s Panhandle Gwen Graham.  Graham heralded the passage of the bill — by a vote of 269-151, with 143 of her fellow Dems voting “Nay” and 40 joining her in the “Yea” column — in a news release on Friday. “The government’s first…

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