Frankel, Deutch stump for Hillary at Palm Beach State rally

 

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No surprise; in attendance at Wednesday’s Hillary Clinton rally at Palm Beach State College were local Democratic members of Congress Lois Frankel and Ted Deutch.

Noting today is Clinton’s birthday, Frankel said,.“we’re going to elect her as a birthday present.”

Asked about a new Bloomberg poll that, unlike other recent national surveys, puts Trump ahead, Frankel said, “we always knew Florida was going to close. That’s why Hillary’s here.”

Deutch said he wasn’t worried about the news this week that premiums for the Affordable Care Act were shooting up. He said he hasn’t heard Trump offer any alternative.

Orlando nightclub shooting: Deutch to call for closing gun loophole

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, said in a statement on his Facebook page that tomorrow, as Congress returns to Washington, D.C., he is going to call for closure of a loophole that allows people on the terror watchlist to purchase firearms.

An injured man is escorted out of the Pulse nightclub after a shooting rampage, Sunday morning June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. (AP Photo/Steven Fernandez)
An injured man is escorted out of the Pulse nightclub after a shooting rampage, Sunday morning June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. (AP Photo/Steven Fernandez)

Deutch’s statement comes in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which took place early Sunday morning in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub.

» RELATED: Get the latest updates on the Orlando nightclub shooting

Read his full statement below:

“When violence strikes our community, we must stand together in solidarity with those whose lives have been forever changed – fifty families who now have a hole that will never be filled, and over fifty more whose injuries and trauma will affect them from this day forward. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, I feel so deeply for these families, the city of ‪#‎Orlando‬, our state of Florida, and our nation. I stand with the LGBT community this Pride month and whenever members of the community face violence, hatred or discrimination. And I am so grateful for the SWAT team, the police, paramedics and firefighters whose heroic actions saved lives.

“I offer sympathy, prayers and strength. I am sure we all do. But I’m also a Member of Congress, and thoughts and prayers alone are not a sufficient response. Tomorrow, upon our return to Washington, we will be briefed about terror threats and radical Islamic violence. We will strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIS. We will continue to fight terrorism here and around the world.

“But that’s not enough. We’re mourning the deadliest mass shooting, and the American people expect us to battle terrorism, stand with the LGBT community AND to address the gun violence epidemic that plagues the country. Silence is not an option.

“TOMORROW, when we return to Washington, we should have moment of silence for the victims – immediately followed by a vote to close the loophole that allows people on the terror watch list to buy assault rifles – or any weapon. This isn’t politics; it’s common sense.

“In the weeks to come, we should not be afraid to ask why, when an AR-15 assault rifle is the one thing that’s common to Orlando, San Bernardino and Newtown, we allow these deadly weapons to be freely available? And why every gun purchaser isn’t subject to a background check? And why the mental health crisis is’t urgently addressed?

“We must fight terrorism. And stand with the LGBT community. And do something to stem the horrific tide of gun violence.

“We must do all of it. Now. For Orlando.”

Republicans meet in South Florida amid Trump rules fight

 

Cgkrfw2WYAAXDhO.jpg-largeHOLLYWOOD, Fla. — National Republicans gathering today in South Florida are wrestling with what rules will apply in August in Cleveland when it votes for its nominee.

Front runner, and part-time Palm Beacher, Donald Trump, is far ahead, but might not reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot.

The two men who hope to step in if a failed first ballot leads to a free-for-all second vote, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, came Wednesday to the RNC’s quarterly meeting. at the Diplomat in Hollywood to woo members in hopes of wrestling the nomination from Trump.

Trump has said the Cruz and Kasich scenarios are evidence of a system “rigged” against him by the GOP establishment. Amid Trump’s constant criticism, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and many of the party officials here appeared skittish about taking any action that might smack of favoritism toward a candidate.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is set to address the meeting at midday followed by the rules committee meeting.

This morning, the Democratic National Committee, in advance of a press call by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, said, “with Republicans all over the map pledging to skip this summer’s Republican Convention, it’s clear the GOP is in a full-scale freak-out.”

Ex-U.S. Sen., Fla Gov. Bob Graham endorses Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate seat

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Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham is the latest to endorse Patrick Murphy’s bid for the U.S. Senate seat Marco Rubio vacated for his failed run for president.

Last week, Murphy, D-Jupiter, announced 46 more endorsements from U.S. House Democrats in his Democratic Senate primary race against Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

Eight Republicans, meanwhile, are vying for that party’s nomination for the Senate seat.

“I’m confident that Patrick, with his knowledge, energy and his demeanor, will be a very effective representative for Florida interests in Washington.” Graham said Monday morning as he and Murphy conducted a conference call with reporters.

Murphy “bring his experience as a lifetime Floridian, and his now-experience in the U.S. Congress, to increase his ability to be effective in those areas that are critical to the future of our state,” including restoration of the Everglades, Graham said.

“I’m so proud and quite frankly humbled to receive this endorsement,” Murphy told Graham in the conference call.

“I’ve always liked you as one my mentors,” he said, “and, quite frankly, one of the last statesmen in the Senate.”