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Search for next FDP executive director narrows

Sunday, March 12th, 2017
The choice to succeed Scott Arceneaux as executive director of the Florida Democratic Party is between Jonathan Ducote and Josh Wolf, sources tell FloridaPolitics.
Political consultant Jackie Lee and former state legislator Reggie Fullwood were also in the mix, but reportedly are now out of contention for the position.
Ducote has served as political director for the Florida Justice Association since 2014. He previously served as campaign manager for Loranne Ausley’s unsuccessful 2010 bid for CFO, as financial director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown’s 2011 election campaign victory, and as campaign manager for Barbara Buono’s unsuccessful challenge to Chris Christie in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Wolf most recently

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Donald Trump looking to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in tough moments

Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president’s wiretapping claims, Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t flinch, she went folksy.
Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” she pulled out a version of an old line from President Lyndon Johnson: “If the president walked across the Potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim.”
The 34-year-old spokeswoman for President Donald Trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Her way with a zinger — and her unshakable loyalty to an often unpredictable boss —

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An angry weekend follows on heels of frustrations for Donald Trump

Monday, March 6th, 2017
President Donald Trump started his weekend in Florida in a fit of anger over his young administration getting sidetracked just days after his most successful moment in office. He returned to the White House late Sunday derailed — again.
Trump’s frustration appeared to be both the symptom and the cause of his recent woes. Angry about leaks, errant messaging and his attorney general landing in hot water, he fired off a series of tweets that only ensured more distractions.
His staff had hoped to build on the momentum generated by his speech to Congress by rolling out his revamped travel ban

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Donald Trump claims Barack Obama had phones wiretapped; Obama denies it

Saturday, March 4th, 2017
President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of having Trump Tower telephones “wire tapped” during last year’s election, a startling claim that Obama’s spokesman said was false.
Trump did not offer any evidence or details, or say what prompted him to make the allegation.
Trump, whose administration has been under siege over campaign contacts with Russian officials, said in a series of early morning tweets that he “just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!’
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said a “cardinal rule” of the Obama

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James Comey in middle of political fray over Donald Trump and Russians

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days – the middle of political tumult.
As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to follow their lead by publicly recounting private FBI conversations in an attempt to dispute reports about connections between the Trump

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Donald Trump embraces legacy of Andrew Jackson

Monday, February 20th, 2017
It was an ugly, highly personal presidential election.
An unvarnished celebrity outsider who pledged to represent the forgotten laborer took on an intellectual member of the Washington establishment looking to extend a political dynasty in the White House.
Andrew Jackson‘s triumph in 1828 over President John Quincy Adams bears striking similarities to Donald Trump‘s victory over Hillary Clinton last year, and some of those most eager to point that out are in the Trump White House.
Trump’s team has seized upon the parallels between the current president and the long-dead Tennessee war hero. Trump has hung a portrait of Jackson in the

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Top Bernie Sanders surrogate Nina Turner to speak in St. Petersburg next month

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, who became a national cable news star as a top surrogate for Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, will be speaking in St. Petersburg in March.
The 49-year-old Cleveland native served on the Cleveland City Council from 2005-2008. She resigned her seat that year to accept an appointment to the Ohio Senate in 2008. She won a full term in 2010, before losing a contest for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014.
Recently there has been a movement to draft her to run for governor of Ohio in 2018.
Last year Turner became a prominent supporter of Sanders campaign. After he lost

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For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Donald Trump era

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
The Republicans’ ardor for investigations and oversight, on display throughout the Obama administration, has cooled off considerably with Donald Trump in the White House.
Each day seems to bring a new headache or near-crisis from Trump, the latest being the departure of his national security adviser under questionable circumstances involving Russia.
Yet if there is a line too far, at which point Republicans will feel duty-bound to call for an independent investigation of their president or his administration, Trump hasn’t crossed it yet.
Democrats are clamoring for a full-scale probe of the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, including demanding to

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The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

Monday, February 13th, 2017
Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there’s a difference.
As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of “Pope endorses Trump” headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“I think only education can solve this problem,” said Pat Winters Lauro, a professor at Kean University in New Jersey who began teaching a

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Pasco County GOP official in trouble after social media posts go national

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
Pasco County Republican Executive Committee Secretary Bill Akins is under fire, after a story publishing his history of pushing out racist jokes and conspiracy theories was published by the Washington Post on Saturday.
The reason that the previously little known local Republican even earned the interest of the Post was from what happened earlier on Saturday at Congressman Gus Bilirakis raucous town hall meeting in New Port Richey. That’s where Akins told a crowd of mostly supporters of the Affordable Care Act that it was a fact that they would face “death panels” at the age of 74 under the legislation. “Death Panels” were often uttered by Tea Party activists at town

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How can we respect the presidency, when Donald Trump clearly doesn’t?

Friday, February 10th, 2017
When President Harry S. Truman threatened in December 1950 to punch out a Washington Post music critic who had panned his daughter’s singing, he wrote the letter in his own hand, affixed his own postage stamp, and did not make it public. Neither did the Post.
But America knew all about it once it had leaked to the Washington News.
“It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful,” the president wrote …”Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens, you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for

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Donald Trump’s assertions echo site filled with tales of dark plots

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s assertion that the media often fails to cover terrorist attacks is false, but he’s hardly alone in making the claim. The statement is just the latest by Trump to echo a website known for trafficking in dubious allegations of plots and cover-ups.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that,” Trump said in a speech to military commanders at

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Florida ‘crossover’ congressional districts give Democrats glimmer of hope in 2018

Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Democrats could be in for more election woes in 2018, according to a new post from political blog Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
In the post, author Kyle Kondik gives a rundown of the 2016 cycle’s “crossover” congressional seats – districts that voted for one party on the congressional level, and another for president.
There were 26 such seats in the 2012 cycle, and 2016 saw an increase to 35.
A dozen of the crossover seats sent a Democrat to Congress and backed Republican Donald Trump for president, while the remainder, including Florida’s 26th and 27th Congressional Districts, voted a Republican into Congress while backing

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Charlie Crist wants Trump administration to look into voter suppression and disenfranchisement

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Democrats who are skeptical about President Trump’s repeated claims that there was voter fraud in last November’s election are now challenging him to add voter suppression and disenfranchisement into his administration’s upcoming investigation.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in the election, despite the consensus among state officials, election experts, Democrats and Republicans that voter fraud is extremely rare in the U.S.
“I’m going to set up a commission to be headed by Vice President Pence and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully,” Trump

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Charlie Crist, Stephanie Murphy among top GOP targets for 2018

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
National Republicans, in an effort to boost their majority for the midterms, are targeting top House Democrats over the next two years – including Florida’s Charlie Crist and Stephanie Murphy.
POLITICO first reported on the list of 36 lawmakers coming from the National Republican Congressional Committee, with a particular focus on “blue-collar parts of the country where President Donald Trump is popular.”
Nearly one-third of the districts on the NRCC spreadsheet were taken by President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton and won by a Democratic House member. Many of those are heavily blue-collar districts in the Midwest, a region Republicans believe

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With sanctuary city comment, Rick Kriseman defiant, but misguided

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Whether you agree with the rules or you don’t, it’s never wise for a person in authority to say they are not going to follow the law. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman essentially did that when he stated the following in a blog post:
“While our county sheriff’s office is ultimately responsible for notifying the federal government about individuals who are here illegally, I have no hesitation in declaring St. Petersburg a sanctuary from harmful federal immigration laws,” he wrote.
“We will not expend resources to help enforce such laws, nor will our police officers stop, question or arrest an individual

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Kathy Castor is right calling ‘extreme vetting’ order immoral, un-American

Monday, January 30th, 2017
It might be easy to dismiss the harsh comments by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa regarding President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order that called for “extreme vetting” of potential refugees from seven Muslim nations.
As Mitch Perry reported Sunday on SaintPetersBlog, Castor said, “President Trump’s executive order targeting and banning legal permanent residents and refugees from war-torn areas is illegal, immoral and un-American.  It has made us less safe.  If the president wants to empower jihadists, this is the way to do it.”
I would expect nothing less from Castor. She is reliably liberal. She is from the opposition party,

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Blake Dowling: Tech, politics & the Simpsons

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

The marriage of technology and politics is like the pairing of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – a big mess (minus the Scientology shenanigans of course).
Hillary emails, Trump tweets, Ashley Madison’s hack … there’s always something to keep your eye on. Always will be.
With breaches and exposure around every corner, certain key figures inside our government use apps for communication that disappear after a certain amount of time. If any of you readers in Florida Politics-land have teenagers, I’m sure you’ve seen Snapchat on their phone.
Unlike texts, where you can read what they are up to, Snapchat messages vanish.
Well,

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No, Donald Trump did not win the popular vote!

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Shortly after defeating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump claimed he would have won the popular vote if not for “millions of people who voted illegally. He then revived those comments after the inauguration in a Twitter post that set off a political firestorm.
Trump has called for “a major investigation” of voter fraud, although the issue has been widely examined by legislative bodies and academic scholars. The conclusions have almost always been the same:  fraud happens, but it is limited and isolated. It has not taken place on the massive scale that Trump implies.
Trump lost the

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Senate Democratic leader Oscar Braynon wants Ken Detzner to look into Donald Trump’s voter fraud claims

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Florida Senate Democratic leader Oscar Braynon penned a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Wednesday, urging him to begin an investigation into possible voter fraud alleged by President Donald Trump.
Trump has been alleging ever since his win that his challenger Hillary Clinton‘s popular vote surge was due to millions of illegal votes and undocumented immigrants voting – statements which have never been substantiated by any proof by Trump or anyone else.
Nevertheless, he has continued to make such statements in the first days of his presidency – and now, Braynon wants Detzner to launch an investigation to make

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Bill Nelson sounds off on what he calls Donald Trump’s “rocky” first week in office

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Although U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s press conference on Wednesday in Tampa was ostensibly to discuss President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to spend up to one trillion dollars improving the nation’s infrastructure, he spent considerable time discussing – and criticizing- some of the moves that the newly-inaugurated president has made in his first week in office.
Nelson has voted against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Mike Pompeo for CIA Director, and he says he’ll oppose Rex Tillerson when the former ExxonMobil CEO’s name comes up for a confirmation vote for Secretary of State. When asked why at a press conference in Tampa, Nelson said just two words.
“Vladimir Putin.”
When asked to elaborate, Nelson

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Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST):
12:25 p.m.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley‘s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
By voice vote, the panel recommended President Donald Trump‘s selection of Haley to the full Senate. She is expected to be confirmed easily.
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, backed Haley’s nomination. Cardin says what Haley lacks in foreign policy experience, “she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina.”
During her confirmation hearing, Haley declared her support for moving

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Hillary Clinton: Protesters ‘marching for our values’

Saturday, January 21st, 2017
The Latest on the Women’s March on Washington and associated protests around the world (all times EST):
10:10 a.m.
Hillary Clinton is praising those attending the Women’s March on Washington.
The former Democratic nominee for president is thanking attendees on Twitter for “standing, speaking and marching for our values.” She says it’s as “important as ever.”
Clinton is also reviving her campaign slogan and says in the tweet she believes “we’re always Stronger Together.”
Clinton’s show of support for the march comes a day after she attended President Donald Trump‘s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.
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9:40 a.m.
A city official in Washington says the turnout estimate

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Activists protest Donald Trump’s inauguration in downtown Tampa

Friday, January 20th, 2017
While the major Tampa Bay area protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump is scheduled to take place on Saturday in St. Petersburg, approximately three dozen activists gathered in front of the Federal Building in downtown Tampa on Friday night to express their dissent about the most powerful man in the free world.
The sentiment among some of those gathered wasn’t anger, but ambivalence. While fear felt for the most vulnerable in society was expressed by several people interviewed, there also was excitement about the possibility of how a newly formed opposition movement could manifest itself in the months and years ahead. At least that

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Promises, pomp and protests as Donald Trump sworn in

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting “American carnage,” shuttered factories and depleted U.S. leadership. President Barack Obama, the man he replaced, sat behind him stoically.
Trump’s address lasted just 16 minutes. While

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Hillsborough County Democratic Party says they are united in holding Donald Trump accountable

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Ione Townsend says that while the local party takes pride in the smooth transition of power that will take place on Friday, she says they are united in holding Donald Trump accountable for the policies and programs in plans for the American public.
In a statement released just hours before Trump succeeds Barack Obama as the leader of the free world, she says that the party will be diligent that America’s 45th president “does NO HARM TO MIDDLE AND WORKING CLASS AMERICANS.”
“Trump’s Cabinet picks are worrisome, we have already seen an assault on the Affordable Care Act, and next we fear

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Donald Trump’s America: Families differ as Ronald Reagan country changes

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The week after Donald Trump was elected president, Dr. Mai-Phuong Nguyen and two dozen other Vietnamese-Americans active in liberal causes gathered in a circle of folding chairs, consoling one another about an America almost beyond comprehension.
Now, days before Trump takes the oath of office, Nguyen sits in a restaurant booth in Orange County’s neon-lit Little Saigon and studies perhaps the most confounding face of the divide exposed by the election — her father’s.
“All I know is, if a man makes $100 million he is really something,” Son Van Nguyen, 76, says of Trump.
Here in a county transformed by waves

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

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
(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 Sabato. Democrats lost over 1,000 seats at the state and national level.
However important the Obama policies may have been, it is

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Mike Pence looks like he will be Donald Trump’s inside man in Congress

Monday, January 16th, 2017
When Mike Pence landed in Congress after the 2000 election, he was a conservative agitator who often bucked President George W. Bush‘s agenda. Seventeen years later, he’s the vice president-elect and Donald Trump‘s inside man on Capitol Hill.
Pence, who spent a dozen years in Congress before becoming Indiana’s governor, is visiting frequently with lawmakers and promising close coordination after Trump’s inauguration Friday. In a sign of his attentiveness, Pence will have an office in the House as well as the traditional honorary office for the vice president in the Senate.
Pence’s role takes on greater importance, given Trump’s ascension to

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Ted Deutch asks James Comey for an FBI update on potential connection between Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Boca Raton Democratic Representative Ted Deutch contacted FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, asking for an update on whether the bureau is investigating potential illegal meddling in U.S. foreign affairs by individuals connected to the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
In late September during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Deutch asked Comey if the FBI would investigate potential violations of the Logan Act, which prohibits interference with U.S. foreign relations by unauthorized individuals. Specifically, the congressman  asked about the potential for a Logan Act investigation into reported unauthorized meetings between Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page and Russian officials.
“I don’t think it is appropriate to

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