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Steny Hoyer endorses Gwen Graham

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Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham now has snagged the endorsement of the U.S. House of Representatives’ second-highest ranking figure. Graham’s campaign Tuesday announced House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer‘s endorsement. Graham, of Tallahassee, was Florida’s 2nd Congressional District’s congresswoman in 2015-17.

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Kathy Castor on Nancy Pelosi: No time to discuss change of leadership

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In the wake of Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff‘s four-point lost to Republican Karen Handel in last week’s special election, there has been much hand-wringing among Democrats desperate to show that they’re building momentum going into the 2018 midterms. Ossoff’s loss was the fourth special election to go to the Republicans in the first six months of the Trump presidency. “Our brand is worse than Trump,” Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan lamented the day after Ossoff’s loss, while New York Representative Kathleen Rice of New York told…

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Minority Whip Steny Hoyer returns to Florida for Charlie Crist fundraiser March 24

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer will be back in Florida later this month as special guest at a fundraiser for St. Petersburg Democrat Charlie Crist. Hosted by Kathy and Joe Saunders, JoAnn and John Nestor, Janette and Tom Carey and Watson Haynes, the reception will be Friday, March 24, at the Saunders’ St. Petersburg home at 4916 62nd Ave. S. The $500-a-ticket event begins 5 p.m. Hoyer represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District and has served as House Majority Leader (2007-11)…

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Congress hasn’t raised its pay in 8 years, and Vern Buchanan wants to keep it that way

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Although there doesn’t appear to be much publicly expressed sentiment for members of Congress to raise their salaries, Vern Buchanan wants everyone to be aware that he really doesn’t want that to happen. That’s why the Sarasota Republican is introducing the No Pay Raise for Congress Act, which would prohibit pay raises for members of Congress in any fiscal year they fail to balance the budget. “Successful businesses do not reward an employee who fails to do their job,” Buchanan said in a statement. “This same common sense must…

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Obama’s electoral legacy: After 8 years, we get a Donald Trump

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(Part 2 of the Obama legacy) With the inauguration of Donald Trump, it is a good time to review the electoral impact of eight years of the Obama White House. One of the impacts is the election of Trump which surprised the entire political universe. Whatever Obama may have achieved in public policy, it is that policy which is in great part responsible for setting “the post-World War II record for losses by the White House party,” according to Larry…

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Ted Deutch calls for stricter, quicker sanctions on Iran nuclear violations

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A bill introduced by Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch that would make it easier impose sanctions on Iran if it violates the terms of the Iran nuclear deal cleared the House Tuesday. “The Iran Sanctions Act has served as the backbone of our Iran policy for two decades and ultimately helped force Iran to the negotiating table,” Deutch said. “Now that the deal is in effect, the Iranian regime must fully understand that violations of the deal will be met…

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CD 16 Democrats Brent King and Jan Schneider insist they have a chance against Vern Buchanan this fall

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Brent King and Jan Schneider, the two Democrats running this month in Florida’s 16th Congressional District primary, are disputing the notion that they have no chance to defeat GOP incumbent Vern Buchanan in November. The two Democrats were interviewed live in a debate on Wednesday night on WWSB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Sarasota. “Vern Buchanan is defeatable,” Schneider told anchor Alan Cohn. Schneider, 68, is an attorney who previously ran for the congressional seat on four different occasions from 2002-2008. “This is a very odd election year,”…

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