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The 2018 Florida primary was one of the most surprising elections in modern memory. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum surged from behind to become the Democratic nominee for governor and Donald Trump-backed Ron DeSantis took home a decisive win over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Democratic Candidates Push For Expanded Health Coverage

Aug 13, 2018

Reflecting the same fault lines that have emerged nationally, Florida’s Democratic and Republican candidates for governor are deeply split over whether the state should take a more direct role in providing health care.

The democratic frontrunner for Florida Attorney General is calling for an end to the state’s “stand your ground” law following a Pinellas County shooting.

Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care.

The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of it being allowed to stand.

Pot Legalization Could Be Key Issue For Democrats

Jun 4, 2018

Three of the state’s top Democratic candidates for governor support legalization of recreational marijuana, and the fourth backs decriminalizing pot for personal use, showing near-consensus on an issue political rainmaker John Morgan said could determine the outcome of the August primary.

When Republicans muscled legislation scuttling the Obamacare health care law through the House a year ago Friday, Democrats waved sarcastically and giddily serenaded them with chants of, "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye."

The need for gun reform is top of mind for the four Democratic candidates running for Governor. They discussed that during their first televised debate.

The debate over guns, the "me too" movement against sexual misconduct and the federal government's handling of hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico will give Florida Democrats victories up and down the November ballot, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson predicted during a meeting with state House Democrats on Thursday.

The next few days will be critical for Senate Republicans' effort to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will release a new version of the bill Thursday, and aims to hold a key vote on it early next week.

If that process fails, McConnell has floated the idea of working with Democrats on a bipartisan measure. "No action is not an alternative," he said in Kentucky during the July 4th recess. "We've got the insurance markets imploding all over the country."

No, election season is not over for Democrats. In fact, judging by the crowds and the speeches at the James L. Knight Center in Miami on Wednesday night, you would think it's in full swing. 

More than 2,000 people showed up to hear Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, along with chair of the National Democratic Committee Tom Perez, at the latest stop of their "Come Together and Fight Back" tour,  aimed at building activism within the Democratic party. 

Dems Force Legislative Poll On Post-Pulse Special Session

Jun 29, 2016

Florida Democrats had little trouble rounding up enough members to call for a vote on whether to hold a special session dealing with gun control as a reaction to last month's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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On Thursday, Florida Democratic House leaders announced policy priorities they say they won’t let go of without a fight this session: increasing education funding, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and getting more Floridians health insurance.

But Democrats likely face an uphill battle with almost twice their number of Republicans in the Legislature.

House Minority Leader Perry Thurston says Democrats want the education funding to include a new need-based component to the state’s Bright Futures college scholarship program.

He says Dems also want to continue the debate about getting more Floridians health insurance after the state chose not to take $51 billion in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act.

“Without a doubt, the Republicans are looking for a very smooth session. We think that the last thing that they want to address is the $51 billion elephant in the room," he says.

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Former State Senator Nan Rich likens her run for governor to that of three other successful Democratic governors, Reubin Askew, Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham.

Standing behind an array of microphones as she addressed the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon Friday, Rich told the crowd of more than 50 that she is not discouraged by polls that show her trailing the perennially, unpopular Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Memorial Service Set for Tampa Favorite Son Bill McBride

Dec 24, 2012
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Family and friends, professional colleagues and political allies of longtime Tampa attorney Bill McBride , 67, will gather Friday for a memorial service.

The former managing partner of Holland and Knight who lost a bid for governor in 2002 against incumbent Gov. Jeb Bush died Saturday. He was with his wife, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, visiting family in North Carolina when he collapsed from a heart attack.