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Chris Ingram brings the Tiger Bay Club back to relevance

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At its best, Tiger Bay Club forums held throughout the state can provide a valuable public service as a place where the public can interact with lawmakers, political candidates, activists and journalists who are asked to participate each month. Depending on the topic or the featured speaker, however, these same events can often devolve into dull, scripted events. That’s where the audience of Tiger Bay members get to to play their part in what we have of a democracy, raising questions…

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American Conservative Union: Alan Grayson has more conservative voting record than Patrick Murphy

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Florida progressives have been slamming Patrick Murphy ever since the Jupiter-based U.S. representative entered the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 Senate seat earlier this year, slamming him as a “Wall Street Democrat,” among other choice comments. Their hope is that Orlando area U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson enters the contest, giving them a classic choice between a perceived centrist and a tried and true liberal. We’re wondering what they might say about the new rankings that have just been released from…

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Alex Sink endorses Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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Former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink — Florida’s most recently serving statewide elected Democrat not named Bill Nelson — offered up her endorsement of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy on Tuesday. “Florida needs a leader in the U.S. Senate who will combine fiscal responsibility with practical solutions,” said Sink in a statement. “As our next senator, Patrick will work to strengthen Social Security and Medicare for seniors, empower the middle class, and protect the Everglades. Patrick will be a leader all Floridians can be proud of, and I am…

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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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Tampa Bay Democrats react to Patrick Murphy’s announcement for Senate

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Though he’s hardly a household name in the Tampa Bay area, Democrats in the region are reacting with high praise for Patrick Murphy, the 31-year-old second-term South Florida Representative who announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. Senate today. “I’m a very excited Floridian. I think he’ll be great for the state, and the Democratic Party and the U.S. Senate,” says Tampa based lobbyist and Democratic Party fundraiser Justin Day, who is friendly with Murphy. “He’s the real deal. He’s young, energetic, thoughtful,…

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2009 Netroots Awards: The Good, the Bad and the Undeserved

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The 2009 Florida Netroots Awards winners were announced this afternoon in Orlando at the Florida Democratic Party convention. Finalists previously had been revealed on the Florida Progressive Coalition blog. There were a record 645 voters this year, shattering last year’s record and dwarfing the 100 or so who voted in the inaugural Awards competition in 2007. (Update: The Reid Report shares some of my opinion that Kendrick Meek did not deserve all of the hardware he won.) Without further ado,…

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