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July 11, 2014

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

House Democrats Have Mixed Reaction to Florida Redistricting Ruling

Brown, right, blasted the ruling in the Florida redistricting case. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats on Capitol Hill expressed mixed reactions Friday to a new court ruling that declared Florida’s congressional map unconstitutional.

A judge ruled Thursday that the Sunshine State’s 5th and 10th Districts, held by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown and Republican Rep. Daniel Webster were unconstitutional — effectively tossing out the entire map drawn by Republicans in 2012.

It’s still unclear if this means the map will have be redrawn before November. The Miami Herald reported Thursday night that a new map will not be used until 2016. But Democrats remain hopeful changes could come earlier and are making preparations for the 2014 elections to be waged over new lines in the Sunshine State.

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May 13, 2014

Democrat Withdraws From Competitive Florida House Race

The candidate aiming to oust Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., withdrew from the race Tuesday, leaving Democrats without a challenger.

Col. Ed Jany, who was running as an independent with the support of national Democrats, cited work obligations for his withdrawal from his short campaign — which lasted less than two weeks. Jany entered the race at the May 2 Florida filing deadline, shocking state political observers.

The announcement came four days after the Tampa Bay Times raised questions about his educational background. Full story

May 5, 2014

House Democrats Boost David Jolly Challenger

With a recruit now on board, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named Florida’s 13th District to its Red to Blue program, with an “Emerging Races” designation.

Democrats shocked House race observers as the Florida filing deadline closed May 2, unveiling Col. Ed Jany as the party’s candidate to challenge Republican Rep. David Jolly. Because of a voter registration issue, Jany will appear on the ballot as an independent — but, Jany has the full backing of the DCCC and no other Democrat is running.

“In just a few short days in the race, Colonel Ed Jany’s campaign has already generated enthusiasm among Pinellas County voters, and his strong start and the fundamentals of this district have earned him a spot on the Emerging Races program,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement.

The DCCC uses the Red to Blue program’s Emerging Races designation to highlight “candidates and districts that are making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive,” according to its website. Israel recently named Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., as chairwoman of the Red to Blue program. Full story

May 2, 2014

Democrats Field Recruit Against Jolly … Sort Of (Updated)

Democrats Field Recruit Against Jolly ... Sort Of (Updated)

Jolly recently won a special election in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Democrats have landed a last-minute recruit, Col. Ed Jany, a registered Democrat, to challenge Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., this fall.

The party recruited Jany to run after Jolly won a high-profile special election in Florida’s competitive 13th District earlier this spring.

However, in a strange twist, Jany will not appear on the ballot on the Democratic party line because he just registered as a Democrat last fall — switching from the GOP. Because of the “Charlie Crist Rule,” as one party strategist called it, or “Sore Loser Law,” a candidate must be registered with a party a year before filing for office from that same party.

Since Jany falls short of that requirement, he must run as a Non-Party Affiliated candidate in the general election. Full story

April 28, 2014

Florida Democrat Won’t Challenge David Jolly in November

Democrat Jessica Ehrlich has decided not challenge Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly, the winner of a highly competitive special election last month.

“Washington remains gridlocked and broken. After careful consideration, I have decided to not run for Congress at this time,” Ehrlich said in an email to CQ Roll Call. “New and exciting opportunities have come my way which will help me better serve my neighbors, the voters of the 13th, and all Floridians.”

Ehrlich lost to Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District in 2012 and had already announced she was challenging him again in 2014 when Young died in October. But in the special-election race to replace Young, national Democrats threw their support behind former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink.

Ehrlich subsequently suspended her campaign, and Sink later lost the race to Jolly. Sink has also since passed on a challenge to Jolly in November. Full story

April 16, 2014

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

House Republicans Add Two to Incumbent Protection Program

Jolly recently won a special election in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Wednesday two more members to the ranks of its incumbent protection program: Reps. David Jolly of Florida and Tim Walberg of Michigan.

The “Patriot Program” supports the House GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents — a total of 17 members including the two new names. Full story

April 15, 2014

Democrats Lose Top Recruit in Florida House Race

Democrats Lose Top Recruit in Florida House Race

(Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee in a recent high-stakes special election in Florida, will not challenge GOP Rep. David Jolly to a rematch in the 13th District this November.

“I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election,” she said in a statement released Tuesday. Full story

March 12, 2014

Steve Israel Lobbies Alex Sink to Run in the Fall

 

Steve Israel Lobbies Alex Sink to Run in the Fall

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the aftermath of his party’s special election loss in Florida, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel refused to blame his candidate. Instead, he doubled down on her prospects to win in the fall.

“I believe if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win in November,” Israel said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. “We will do everything — and I mean everything — to support her in that endeavor.”

Sink came up 2 points short Tuesday against Republican Rep.-elect David Jolly. Whether or not Sink runs again is unclear.

“I did call her last night and left a message,” Israel said. “My message was, I think she ran a great race and if this election were in November versus March, I believe she would have won, and I encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign to victory in November.”

“I have not heard back from her,” he added. Full story

March 11, 2014

Republicans Win Florida Special Election With David Jolly

Republicans Win Florida Special Election With David Jolly

(Courtesy David Jolly)

 

Republican David Jolly won Tuesday’s high-stakes race to replace his former boss, the late GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida, in Congress.

The Republican nominee defeated Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 47 percent, with all of the precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 7:49 p.m. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 5 percent. Full story

March 6, 2014

Lessons and Regrets Precede Florida Special Election

With just days to go in the smash-mouth special election on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both parties are managing expectations ahead of what could be a narrow margin of victory.

The race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., is the most competitive special election of the 2014 cycle. Neither party is exuding confidence about the contest for the swingy 13th District, and nearly anyone who claims to have seen an internal poll says this tossup race will go down to the wire. Full story

March 5, 2014

Alex Sink Ends Special Election Campaign With Positive Spot

In what is likely her final ad in the special election for Florida’s 13th District, the Democrat nominee, Alex Sink, struck a bipartisan tone in positive spot that started to air Wednesday.

Polls show Sink in a virtual tie with the GOP nominee, lobbyist David Jolly, in the race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

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February 27, 2014

Sink Tops Jolly in Florida Special-Election Fundraising

Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink raised $1.3 million in the last month and a half for the highly competitive March 11 special in Florida’s 13th District.

The Democrat’s whopping fundraising total from Jan. 1 to Feb. 19 doubled that of her Republican opponent, lobbyist David Jolly, who brought in $639,000. Both reports were stocked with donations from members of Congress hoping to add to their respective parties’ ranks ahead of the midterms.

Sink, who has raised more than $2.5 million overall for the race, had $972,000 in cash on hand for the remainder of the campaign, while Jolly was left with $182,000. Pre-special-election fundraising reports were due to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

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February 24, 2014

Alex Sink Hit With New Ad From NRCC

The National Republican Congressional Committee released a new TV ad Monday against Alex Sink, the Democrat running in the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District.

The ad seeks to highlight differences between Sink, the Sunshine State’s former chief financial officer, and lobbyist David Jolly, the GOP nominee.

“David Jolly: Cut spending, stop Obamacare. Alex Sink: More spending, defend Obamacare,” an announcer says in the 30-secont spot. “She’s fighting for them, not for us.”

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February 19, 2014

America Rising Names Top Opposition Research Targets for 2014

America Rising, a GOP group that procures and publishes research on Democratic candidates, announced Wednesday its first wave of top targets for the midterm elections.

The list of candidates, posted on America Rising’s newly launched website, includes information on almost all of the Democratic House and Senate candidates in the GOP’s top pickup opportunity races in 2014.

“We’ll roll out additional candidates as the map changes and expands, but that’s our initial list of candidates that we have research on,” said Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising.

America Rising also zeroed in on seven top targets:

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February 18, 2014

Crossroads Drops New Ad In Florida Special Election

American Crossroads is up with a new TV ad attacking Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District.

The super PAC’s spot features older voters who criticize Sink’s record in private sector banking and her tenure as the state’s chief financial officer. The ad ends with a play on the Democrat’s name: Sink, says the narrator, is “helping herself, sinking Florida.”

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