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Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in the U.S. House, despite GOP grumbles

BY: - August 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Data from roll call votes show that 171 U.S. House Democrats and 89 Republicans have voted by proxy at least once since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  authorized the pandemic-era practice beginning last year. Pelosi has now announced the extension of proxy voting until Oct. 1 as the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues […]

Bill would name capital’s U.S. courthouse after the late Justice Joseph Hatchett

BY: - August 19, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a Democrat from Tallahassee, has introduced a bill in Congress to name the U.S. courthouse in the capital city after former Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett, a pioneer in Florida’s battle for civil rights. The courthouse at 111 Adams Street would be designated as the Joseph Woodrow Hatchett United States […]

U.S. House Democrats say they have enough votes to impeach Trump

BY: - January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — At least 214 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to a measure to impeach President Donald Trump that was introduced Monday, charging him with inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Supporters of the impeachment effort said they would have enough votes to send charges against Trump […]

Florida Dems fume as Bernie Sanders gains steam

BY: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — South Florida Rep. Donna Shalala was quick to lash out against Bernie Sanders on Twitter. It was Sunday night, and Sanders — fresh off a decisive win in the Nevada Democratic caucus — said it’s “unfair” to contend that everything was bad about the late Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro. “When Fidel Castro came […]

Florida lawmakers in D.C. aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match. The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened […]

Eight Florida U.S. House Democrats push for reproductive rights measure

BY: - June 10, 2019

South Florida U.S. Rep Lois Frankel is the most recent member of the Florida House Democratic delegation to sign on as a co-sponsor to a measure that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 law which bans federal funding for abortion. Eight of the 13-member Florida House Democratic delegation are co-sponsors to the bill, called […]

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33 state attorneys general urging Congress to solve marijuana banking mess – but not FL AG Ashley Moody

BY: - May 9, 2019

(UPDATED) A bipartisan group of 33 state attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them to pass legislation to allow states that legalized marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system. But Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is not among them. Even though dozens of states – including Florida – […]

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U.S. Senator Rick Scott stands behind Trump during government shutdown

BY: - January 15, 2019

New U.S. Senator Rick Scott criticized Congressional Democrats today when discussing the partial federal government shutdown, now in its 25th day. In his first live interview since being sworn in for office earlier this month, the former Florida governor and now U.S. Senator expressed frustration with the shutdown, but came down strongly in support of […]

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Florida U.S. Rep. Al Lawson takes heat for voting to cut off debate over Yemen human rights catastrophe

BY: - December 13, 2018

Florida U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is coming under fire for being one of a handful of Congressional Democrats who voted this week for a stealthy measure that killed any hopes of a U.S. House debate on possibly ending American military support for Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war in Yemen. Lawson’s vote on a procedural rule attached […]

Miami congressional candidate has new ad touting Trump impeachment

BY: - August 6, 2018

Impeachment. “That’s one word that official Washington does not want you to hear,” candidate David Richardson says in a new TV ad. standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, in the ad. He attempts to say the word “impeachment,” but it keeps being beeped before he finally blurts it out. Richardson, currently a Florida State […]