Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Leon County

FL Democrats confront a hard truth: ‘We need a whole new direction’

BY: - November 4, 2020

Florida Democrats on Wednesday were absorbing a stunning rebuke: President Donald Trump carried Florida with 51.24 percent of the vote to Biden’s 47.85 percent, a difference of nearly 400,000 votes out of 11 million cast, according to unofficial Florida Division of Elections data. Trump claimed Florida’s 29 electoral votes. Moreover, his party added five seats […]

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A majority of FL voters chose the presidential candidate who calls climate change a hoax

BY: - November 4, 2020

Despite coastal flooding, more severe hurricanes, and longer, hotter summers attributed to climate change, the majority of Florida voters on Tuesday chose the presidential candidate who calls climate change a hoax. Florida incumbents in state offices who support efforts to curb climate change fared well enough, according to state election records, but they remain in […]


It was a good night for Republicans in FL legislative, congressional races

BY: - November 3, 2020

Two Democratic members of the Florida Congressional Delegation were trailing in reelection bids Tuesday evening as a number of competitive state legislative seats were trending Republican. In Congressional District 26 in far South Florida, Democratic incumbent Debbie Mucarsel-Powell was trailing by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez — he had 52 percent to her 48 percent. […]

The 2020 elections: State and local races could influence Florida’s future for the next decade

BY: - November 2, 2020

For all the storm and stress attending the presidential election in Florida, other ballot races will also prove decisive to the future of the state — particularly for state House and Senate members who will redraw legislative district boundaries next year. That redrawing of those districts in line with the 2020 U.S. Census — and […]

By popular demand, climate change was added late to presidential debate agenda, confirming candidate divide

BY: - October 1, 2020

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night he wants “immaculate” air and water but conceded he has rolled back automobile fuel economy standards, withdrawn from the 2015 global climate accord, and cut Obama-era plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants that cause climate change. After years of calling climate change a hoax, Trump also conceded […]

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Barack Obama endorses more than a dozen Democratic candidates in FL legislative, congressional races

BY: - September 25, 2020

Former President Obama on Friday endorsed more than a dozen Democratic candidates in Florida running in legislative and Congressional races and encouraged voters to cast ballots early by mail or in person. Those Democratic candidates are competing for four U.S. House seats, four state Senate seats, and six state House seats in the November election. […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered as the politics of choosing her successor get underway

BY: - September 19, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered state and U.S. flags flown at half staff throughout Florida in “honor and remembrance” of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as at least one of Florida’s U.S. senators expressed eagerness to replace her before the November election. The banners will remain lowered until Ginsburg’s burial, the governor said in […]

Mucarsel-Powell and other critics predict Trump would break promise to ban offshore drilling

BY: - September 9, 2020

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, long an opponent of offshore oil drilling in waters off Florida’s coastlines, predicts President Donald Trump has no intention of keeping his promise made Tuesday to ban drilling near the Sunshine State. Based on his record of supporting the fossil-fuel industry in the name of energy independence, Mucarsel-Powell said 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 […]


FL’s Wasserman Schultz hears death knell for Iowa caucuses

BY: - February 4, 2020

The meltdown of the Iowa caucuses Monday night probably spells the end of that state’s status as the first in the nation to judge presidential candidates, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said Tuesday. “Iowa’s probably on its last breath of remaining as the first state using the caucus system,” she said during a […]

Sunscreen battle pits FL Republicans against Key West, Hawaii, FDA, and members of Congress

BY: - February 4, 2020

While Republican lawmakers in Florida rush to pass legislation shielding all sunscreens from local government restrictions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two Florida members of Congress, the city of Key West, and the state of Hawaii are working in the opposite direction. Their reason: Suspicion that certain sunscreen ingredients may harm humans as well […]

FL’s Matt Gaetz gets aggressive with constitutional scholars during impeachment hearing in Judiciary Committee

BY: - December 4, 2019

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida attorney, rhetorically attacked constitutional law experts who testified against President Trump Wednesday as impeachment hearings moved to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Gaetz, who represents the far western Florida Panhandle, seized upon campaign donations by some of the experts to Democrats; their earlier statements critical of Trump; both early […]