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Florida electors case goes to appellate court

Three voters contesting the outcome of the 2016 Florida Presidential Election are determined to stop the state’s 29 electors from casting their ballots for Donald Trump.

They have filed a motion with the First District Court of Appeal asking for the scheduled vote to be delayed until a full hand-ballot recount can be made, their attorney said today.

“We are going to ask them to delay the vote, let us do the count and if we don’t find anything they can still vote as normal without any extra effort,” said Clint Curtis, a former NASA employee and computer programmer turned lawyer from Orlando.

Curtis said he’s received money from Protect Our Elections, a Washington, D.C., based advocacy group that has launched a national letter-writing campaign to all 538 electors to not cast their votes for the president-elect. The website said it has raised over $50,000 to cover his fees.

rest of story: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/12/13/leon-circuit-court-refusal-stop-florida-electors-voting-now-before-appellate-court/95373574/

Stephen Bittel and Dwight Bullard to face off for Miami-Dade Democratic Party position

Former state Sen. Dwight Bullard will run against Coconut Grove developer Stephen Bittel for a position in the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Dec. 20.

The winner is expected to run for Florida Democratic Party chair.

Last week Bret Berlin won a position as Miami-Dade state committeeman. He resigned on Saturday to make way for Bittel to run for the position. Candidates for state party chair must hold a position within their own county first.

Sen. Bill Nelson has been publicly silent about who he will support for Florida Democratic Party chair. However, he and Bittel spoke about Bittel's interest in the position several weeks ago. Bullard said Monday that he has not spoken to Nelson:

rest of story: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/12/stephen-bittel-and-dwight-bullard-to-face-off-for-miami-dade-democratic-party-position.html

Alan Grayson files to run again but says its just paperwork, for now

Source: Florida Politics

Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is downplaying prospects that his filing to run again for Congress means he’s going to run again for Congress — but he’s not ruling it out.

The Democrat from Orlando — who leaves office Jan. 3 because he did not seek re-election in Florida’s 9th Congressional District — has filed paperwork to run in 2018. And this time he filed to run in Florida’s 11th Congressional District, centered in Lake County.

Yet Grayson insisted Tuesday that the paperwork is simply a legal requirement because his campaign committee continued to raise money since the Nov. 8 election.

Federal law requires a candidate to actually be running for something if his campaign is raising money.

Read more: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/228862-alan-grayson-files-run-says-just-paperwork-now

Stephen Bittel quietly became a Miami-Dade Democratic precinct captain this week

In the latest twist in the political saga over who will be the next Florida Democratic Party chief, Miami fundraiser Stephen Bittel quietly became eligible earlier this week to potentially seek the position.

Bittel was one of 131 people formally sworn in as a member of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Executive Committee late Tuesday night when the local party approved a motion to accept applications submitted during the course of the four-hour meeting. Meeting minutes list Bittel as a new DEC member in precinct 586, which suggests he showed up at least briefly to the Miami Springs union hall to sign up. (Reporters didn't spot him inside the packed meeting room.)

Bittel declined to comment in any detail to the Miami Herald on Thursday.

"I hope I'll have more to say in the future," he said. "I care very deeply about the future of our community, state and country."

rest of story: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/12/stephen-bittel-quietly-became-a-miami-dade-democratic-precinct-captain-this-week.html

Trump to name fast-food CEO as labor secretary

Source: New York Post

President-elect Donald Trump will name restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder to be the next labor secretary, a source said Thursday.

Puzder, who runs the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, supported Trump during his campaign, praising him as a “pragmatic centrist” and “negotiator.”

Puzder also served as one of the candidate’s economic advisers.

He was seen at Trump Tower on Wednesday.

Read more: http://nypost.com/2016/12/08/trump-to-name-fast-food-ceo-as-labor-secretary/

Dem vet lawmaker: Senate 'would be wise' to confirm Mattis

Source: The Hill

A Democratic lawmaker who served under retired Gen. James Mattis in the Marines says President-elect Donald Trump is misjudging his pick to be Defense secretary — and he says that’s a good thing.

In a Wednesday op-ed for USA Today endorsing the Pentagon chief selection, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) argued Mattis is more than the bravado and bluster Trump finds attractive.

“The good news for our country is that Trump has Mattis all wrong,” Moulton wrote. “Before Trump realizes this himself, Democrats would be wise to have this debate and then grant an exemption to confirm him as our next secretary of Defense.”

Mattis retired three years ago, so Congress would need to pass a waiver to a law that requires the secretary of Defense be out of uniform for at least seven years before being confirmed for the job.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/309223-dem-veteran-trump-has-mattis-all-wrong

Christie's approval hits record low; most say he should have been charged for Bridgegate

Gov. Chris Christie is just one point away from tying the record for worst approval rating of any New Jersey governor in memory.

And an overwhelming majority of New Jersey voters think the Republican governor should have faced charges over the Bridgegate scandal, a new poll has found.

According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Tuesday morning, Christie’s approval has dropped to 18 percent among New Jersey voters — down from 21 percent in October.

“Governor Christie has been abandoned by virtually everyone, which is a far cry from where he once sat atop a field of aspiring presidential candidates who cut a more polarizing figure than he did,” poll director Krista Jenkins said in a release accompanying the results.

rest of story: http://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2016/12/christie-approval-at-record-low-18-percent-as-most-say-he-should-have-been-charged-for-bridgegate-107822

Congressman Meehan eyeing run against Casey

Fresh off an historic electoral victory, prominent Republicans are already painting a target on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in the 2018 election. The man they have been talking up to take out the two-term senator: Southeastern PA Congressman Pat Meehan.

“I’ve been talking to Pat in recent days and it sounds to me that he’s seriously considering a run against Casey in 2018,” said Charlie Kopp, a lawyer and longtime Republican fundraiser. “Being a senator was always something he’s had in his vision. So it’s not like something he decided yesterday; it’s been put on his mind for years.”

Meehan began his career as special counsel to the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, later working as a US Attorney and Delaware County District Attorney. He served as a campaign manager for former US Sen. Rick Santorum and ultimately ran successfully for Congress in 2010.

Kopp credited the results of the recent presidential election with energizing Republican ambitions to take out Sen. Casey, a popular – but, some would argue, unexciting – Democrat.

rest of story: http://www.cityandstatepa.com/content/congressman-meehan-eyeing-run-against-casey

Race for Miami-Dade Dem chief may complicate contest for statewide Dem chair

TALLAHASSEE — Tuesday's vote for a new Democratic party chair in Miami-Dade is steeped in political intrigue and infighting, and is likely to play a role in shaping the statewide party moving forward.

The intrigue stems from the last-minute decision by Juan Cuba, the county party’s executive director, to run for chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party against eight other candidates.

Cuba formally filed to run just this weekend, spurring rumors among Democratic operatives that he was in it to win and then step aside for Stephen Bittel, a large party donor who has expressed interest in being statewide chairman, to assume the job.

Bittel is currently ineligible to run for the statewide post because party rules require a candidate be the chair, vice-chair, or one of two state committee members from a local party.

rest of story: http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2016/12/juan-cuba-says-hed-serve-full-term-as-miami-dade-dem-chief-complicating-statewide-chairs-race-107838

Uproar at Hillsborough DEC meeting; City Council, School Board members leave in disgust

After a rough start, Hillsborough County Democrats re-elected Ione Townsend as party chair Monday night.

A raucous first 50 minutes of the group’s reorganization meeting culminated in five Tampa City Council members and two Hillsborough County school board members leaving the hall in disgust when they were not allowed to participate in the Democratic Executive Committee election for local officers.

In a related development that skewed the final tally of his race, Alan Clendenin, vice-chair of the Florida Democratic Party and a man considered a serious contender for party chair next year, lost his race for state committeeman to Russ Patterson, 42-30.

It was thought that many of those elected officials who were not allowed to vote supported Clendenin.

rest of article: http://floridapolitics.com/archives/228343-uproar-hillsborough-dec-meeting-city-council-school-board-members-leave-disgust
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