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Alan Grayson said he never hit his wife. Then he got physical with a reporter

There is no perfectly right way to handle allegations of domestic violence, but Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) just demonstrated the totally wrong way. At an event hosted by Politico in Philadelphia, site of the Democratic National Convention, Grayson on Tuesday got in the face of — and made contact with — Edward-Isaac Dovere, a reporter for Politico, which earlier in the day published claims of abuse by the congressman's ex-wife.

If you're looking to dispute a characterization as a hot-tempered man who could be prone to violent acts, that may not be the best approach.

Video of the altercation shows Grayson, a Senate candidate, putting his hands on Dovere's shoulders while trying to exit the event and avoid answering questions; the footage also shows Dovere stepping into Grayson's path in a persistent attempt to ask about the accusations leveled by Lolita Grayson.

At one point, Alan Grayson appears to be in the clear but turns back to confront Dovere.

more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/26/alan-grayson-said-he-never-hit-his-wife-so-he-got-physical-with-a-reporter/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jul 27, 2016, 07:42 AM (5 replies)

Liberal groups withdraw endorsement of Alan Grayson following domestic violence report

Source: The Miami Herald

Two liberal backers of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's Senate campaign withdrew their endorsements Tuesday.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America both cut ties with the Orlando Democrat, citing a Politico report claiming Grayson's ex-wife reported domestic violence to police on four occasions.

"After today’s revelations of years of police reports about allegations of domestic abuse involving Alan Grayson, we are no longer willing to support and are formally withdrawing our endorsement of him in the race for U.S. Senate," leaders with PCCC and DFA said in a joint statement.

The groups also called on Grayson to donate their members' campaign contributions to a domestic violence charity in Orlando.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/07/liberal-groups-withdraw-endorsement-of-alan-grayson-following-domestic-violence-report.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 03:49 PM (31 replies)

Grayson's ex-wife claimed domestic abuse over two decades

Source: Politico

Rep. Alan Grayson's ex-wife repeatedly went to police with accusations of domestic abuse over a two-decade period, according to documents she has provided to POLITICO, revelations that come as the Florida congressman enters the final weeks of his Democratic primary campaign for Senate.

Lolita Grayson called police on her husband at least two times in Virginia and two more times in Florida, sought medical attention on at least two occasions and said that, in one instance, he had threatened to kill her, according to a police report.

The congressman, who also asserted Lolita Grayson battered him in 2014, vehemently denies he engaged in any abuse during their 25-year marriage, which ended last year in a bitter annulment that she is now appealing.

The first reported incident described by the documents was in 1994, the final one was in 2014. She also called Orange County sheriff’s deputies in 2005 to lodge another abuse complaint, but prosecutors filed no charges in that incident or any of the others. Only the 2014 incident has been previously reported.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/alan-grayson-wife-florida-226090
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 09:33 AM (32 replies)

Sanders gets booed as he urges supporters to vote for Clinton

Source: Politico

Bernie Sanders provoked outrage from his supporters on Monday after he declared that the time has come for them to elect presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine.

"Immediately right now, we have got to defeat Donald Trump. And we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine," Sanders said at the Philadelphia rally, drawing boos and subsequent chants of "we want Bernie."

Sanders raised his right hand as if to hush the crowd, before remarking, "brothers and sisters ... brothers and sisters, this is, this is the real world that we live in."

"Trump is a bully and a demagogue. Trump, Trump has made bigotry and hatred the cornerstone of his campaign," Sanders said. "Throughout this campaign, he has insulted Mexicans and Latinos, he has insulted Muslims, he has insulted women and African-Americans."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/bernie-sanders-booed-convention-226136
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Jul 25, 2016, 02:33 PM (66 replies)

Bill Nelson says Tim Kaine would be 'steady hand' as VP

Source: Tampa Bay Times

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine would be an "absolutely outstanding choice" as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando, where Clinton scheduled a roundtable meeting with community leaders, Nelson said: "He is a steady hand. There is no question about Tim Kaine's ethics, his morality, nor about his competence, if that's who she chooses."

Nelson described Kaine as "one of my best friends in the Senate."

Told that some liberals in the Democratic Party don't think Kaine is liberal enough, Nelson said: "That is a statement that you'll hear right up to the announcement, and once the announcement is made -- whoever it is -- all of that contrary (talk) will dissipate."

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/bill-nelson-says-tim-kaine-would-be-steady-hand-as--vp/2286475
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 22, 2016, 03:48 PM (30 replies)

Al Sharpton to Alan Grayson: I didn't endorse you, so don't use me in your ad

Source: The Miami Herald

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton wants Democrat Alan Grayson to take down an online ad he launched this month that seems to imply the Orlando congressman has Sharpton's endorsement in Florida's competitive U.S. Senate race.

Ten days ago, Grayson posted on his Facebook page a video ad that shows Sharpton praising Grayson as a strong progressive. The 15-second spot includes undated footage from Sharpton's previous MSNBC show "PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton," which is edited so Sharpton says the following seamlessly:

"Now more than ever the Democrats need strong voices -- progressives, who are willing to fight for the causes they believe in. ... Joining me now is the man himself, Congressman Alan Grayson."

The footage seems to be a combination of two clips parsed from a single segment on Sharpton's show. The footage appears to be about three years old (a background graphic references the 113th Congress, which started in 2013).

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/07/al-sharpton-to-alan-grayson-i-didnt-endorse-you-so-dont-use-me-in-your-ad.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 22, 2016, 03:47 PM (22 replies)

Rep. Corrine Brown to be indicted in federal court

Source: WESH-TV

ORLANDO, Fla. —A local Congresswoman is headed to federal court.

Corrine Brown, who represents part of Central Florida, is set to be indicted in Jacksonville on Friday.

Details of Brown's indictment remain sealed.

The Democrat is facing a Department of Justice fraud investigation. She is suspected of improperly soliciting charitable donations and misusing campaign funds.

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/news/rep-corrine-brown-to-be-indicted-in-federal-court/40411848
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 8, 2016, 08:12 AM (12 replies)

So, we basically have a losing candidate taking a victory lap

Secretary Clinton has won the popular vote, has a solid majority of pledged delegates, and the support of a large majority of superdelegates. She has won in every every measurable metric. But unfortunately Senator Sanders is refusing to acknowledge that he has lost, stubbornly continuing like a WWII Japanese soldier hiding in the jungle refusing to believe that their Emperor would surrender to the inferior Americans.

Sanders' insistence on making demands even after being rejected by Democratic voters is the height of arrogance.

Hillary is already leading Trump by a wide margin even without the endorsement of Sanders. Sanders is risking overplaying his hand. If Hillary calls his bluff and wins without him she will be more emboldened to tack toward the center, knowing that she can do without the support of fringe politicians like Sanders.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jun 15, 2016, 12:30 PM (162 replies)

Murder Rate Spike Could Be 'Ferguson Effect,' DOJ Study Says

Source: NPR

The horrific attack in an Orlando gay nightclub has captured the nation's attention, but the great majority of homicides are not due to mass shootings.

And in the last year or so the murder rate has jumped in America's big cities.

"We are in the midst of a very abrupt, precipitous and large crime increase," says Richard Rosenfeld, a respected criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author if a study released Wednesday by the Justice Department examining reasons for the increase.

Specifically, murder is spiking — in urban areas. Rosenfeld says last year in the country's 56 biggest cities, homicides jumped 17 percent.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/15/482123552/murder-rate-spike-attributed-to-ferguson-effect-doj-study-says
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jun 15, 2016, 07:44 AM (37 replies)

Judge dismisses charge against Planned Parenthood videomaker

Source: The Hill

A Texas judge has dismissed one of the charges against anti-abortion filmmaker David Daleiden, whose undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood shook up the organization last year.

The judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Daleidan related to his trying to purchase fetal tissue during the course of making the videos.

Daleiden is still facing a felony charge of tampering with government documents, including using a fake ID, a charge that is being handled by a different judge.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office said that it will not fight the dismissal of the misdemeanor, and will focus on prosecuting the felony charge, according to KHOU in Houston.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/283413-judge-dismisses-one-charge-against-planned-parenthood-videomaker
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jun 14, 2016, 12:44 PM (3 replies)
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