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DSCC Announces Endorsement Of Patrick Murphy In Florida Senate Race

Source: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

May 04 2015

Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s support of Patrick Murphy in Florida:

“Patrick Murphy is one of our party’s most promising rising stars, and his track record of fighting for Florida’s working families, seniors, and the environment make him the strongest candidate to win the Florida Senate race and flip this seat. During his time in the House, Patrick has stepped up to protect the Florida Everglades, voted down extreme proposals that would harm Medicare, voted to protect Social Security and fought to ensure that working families are given a fair chance to get ahead. I am confident that Patrick will continue working hard for all Floridians following his successful election to the Senate and we are proud to support his campaign.

Read more: http://www.dscc.org/pressrelease/dscc-announces-endorsement-patrick-murphy-florida-senate-race
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon May 4, 2015, 09:53 AM (7 replies)

Kane's chief of staff accused of sexual harassment

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances.

Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post.

In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account. Efforts to learn details of that allegation were unsuccessful Thursday.

Kluk, who prosecuted drug cases, said her supervisor referred the report to top aides to Kane. She said she took no further action.

more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150501_Kane_chief_s_of_staff_accused_of_sexual_harassment.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri May 1, 2015, 02:04 PM (0 replies)

Patrick Murphy announces endorsements by almost half of Democratic state lawmakers

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been racking up major Democratic endorsements at a rapid clip since he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate back in late March. On Thursday he continued that trend, announcing via news release that he has secured the support of 25 sitting Florida state legislators.

“From South Florida to Tampa, from Orlando to the Panhandle, people are joining this campaign to get Washington working for Florida,” said Murphy in a written statement.

He continued: “I am overwhelmed to have the support of so many state lawmakers, who are leaders in their communities. While they battle obstruction and extremism in Tallahassee, I, too, will continue that fight in Washington.”

The all-Democratic roster of backers includes former Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith, House Minority Leader Designate Janet Cruz, fellow Palm Beach pol state Sen. Joe Abruzzo and dean of the Senate, former President Gwen Margolis, and a slew of sitting representatives.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri May 1, 2015, 01:31 PM (6 replies)

Super PAC emerges to help Patrick Murphy for US Sen.

Source: Tampa Bay Times

A new Super PAC has been formed to help elect U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, to the U.S. Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio. Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, which filed papers with the state earlier this week, is not bound by the $2,700 cap on individual contributions that Murphy's campaign is, and it cannot directly coordinate with the Murphy campaign.

Leaders of the committee include Tampa Democratic operatives/activists Ana Cruz and Alan Clendenin, former Bill Nelson aide Brian May of Miami (better known to some folks as the fellow who tried to slip a message to Alex Sink during her debate with Rick Scott in 2010), and Jennifer May of Washington handling compliance. Murphy's father, construction company owner Thomas Murphy, could be a major donor to Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, but a Democrat involved with the effort said that Thomas Murphy would be among a broad array of Democrats if he contributes.

Murphy so far is the only Democrat in the race and the clear favorite of the national and state Democratic establishment. The more liberal U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, has said he is leaning toward running for the nomination as well.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/super-pac-emerges-to-help-patrick-murphy-for-us-sen/2227751
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:45 PM (8 replies)

Judge dismisses lawsuit over GPS tracking

Source: Politico

A federal judge has dismissed a California student's lawsuit over a GPS tracking device the FBI planted on his car in 2010.

Yasir Afifi discovered the device after a technician doing an oil change noticed a strange box attached to Afifi's car. After Afifi posted a picture of it on the internet, he learned it was a GPS tracker. He was later visited by FBI agents who asked him about his finances and travel to Yemen. They also demanded return of the device.

Represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Afifi filed suit in 2011, alleging that he was subjected to a warrantless search and had his rights violated under the First Amendment and the Privacy Act.

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that placement of a GPS tracker on a person's automobile is a search that requires a warrant under the Constitution.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2015/04/judge-dismisses-lawsuit-over-gps-tracking-206410.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 12:40 PM (7 replies)

Sanders Presser May Flout Ethics Rules

Source: Roll Call

Running for president is hard. But it’s even harder to do while balancing the ethics rules of your day job on Capitol Hill.

It’s a lesson Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., is learning the day after he told The Associated Press he’s running for president in 2016.

Sanders was scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday at noon at the Senate Radio/TV gallery where he will “discuss his agenda for America.” By holding the event the day after he made his presidential hopes official, the vast majority of the questions at the event are likely to be about his campaign and national platform. And that walks a fine line of breaking Senate ethics rules, which prohibit campaigning of any kind in the Capitol complex.

But about two hours before the presser was scheduled to start, Sanders’ office announced a location change. The event would be held outside the Capitol, in the Senate Swamp.

Read more: http://atr.rollcall.com/bernie-sanders-2016-announcement-ethics/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 11:05 AM (32 replies)

Obama rebukes 'criminals and thugs' for Baltimore riots

Source: The Hill

President Obama on Tuesday blamed "criminals and thugs" for the violence that erupted in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.

“There is no excuse for the kind of violence we saw yesterday. It is counterproductive," Obama said. "They’re not protesting, they’re not making a statement. They are stealing.”

Obama said the violent demonstrations undermined the message of peaceful protesters who made "legitimate" complaints about problems in Baltimore.

“One burning building will be looped on television over and over and over again and the ... protesters who did it the right way will be lost in the discussion."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/240316-obama-blames-criminals-and-thugs-for-baltimore-riots
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Apr 28, 2015, 02:59 PM (17 replies)

It's time for Democrats in Congress to start adhering to Democratic Platform!

Opened Markets All Over the World for American Products. President Obama and the Democratic Party know
that America has the best workers and businesses in the world. If the playing field is level, Americans will be able to
compete against every other country on Earth. Over the last four years, we have made historic progress toward the
goal of doubling our exports by 2015. We have taken steps to open new markets to American products, while
ensuring that other countries play by the same rules. President Obama signed into law new trade agreements with
South Korea, Colombia, and Panama that will support tens of thousands of private-sector jobs, but not before he
strengthened these agreements on behalf of American workers and businesses. We remain committed to finding
more markets for American-made goods – including using the Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States
and eight countries in the Asia-Pacific, one of the most dynamic regions in the world – while ensuring that workers’
rights and environmental standards are upheld, and fighting against unfair trade practices.
We expanded and
reformed assistance for trade-affected workers, and we demanded renewal of that help alongside new trade

Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Apr 23, 2015, 01:21 PM (1 replies)

Feds to allow hunters to cross borders with guns

Source: The Hill

The Obama administration will stop blocking hunters from traveling internationally with their guns amid mounting congressional pressure.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in February began enforcing controversial export regulations that essentially prevented hunters from taking their guns and ammunition back and forth across the border.

After hunters protested, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) demanded this week that the agency withdraw the controversial policy during a meeting with Customs chief R. Gil Kerlikowske. The senator's staff also held several other previous meetings with Customs.

Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee which controls funding for Customs, said it is “not appropriate” for the agency to stand in the way of hunters exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/239850-hunting-rule-withdrawn-by-customs
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Apr 23, 2015, 12:20 PM (81 replies)

Senate panel approves 'fast track' trade bill

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON -- A top Senate panel approved legislation to renew presidential "fast track" authority that would enhance President Obama's ability to negotiate a pending trade pact with Asia-Pacific nations.

The Senate Finance Committee voted, 20-6, Thursday evening to send the bill to the full Senate, but only after a defiant act by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to delay the hearing by invoking an antiquated Senate scheduling rule that pushed back committee action for hours.

Sanders is a leading liberal opponent of both fast track and the underlying Trans-Pacific Partnership and is considering a run for president.

"This job-killing trade deal has been negotiated in secret," Sanders said, "It was drafted with input by special interests and corporate lobbyists but not from the elected representatives of the American people."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/22/senate-finance-fast-track-approval/26195137/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Apr 22, 2015, 10:20 PM (34 replies)
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