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By Patrick Murphy – After the horrific tragedy in Parkland last month, the conversation has quickly and appropriately turned to what our response should be. All sensible Americans agree that we must put an end to the massacres that have invaded our schools, airports, nightclubs, movie theaters, and anywhere else where innocent people gather. Poll […]

By Patrick Murphy – Historians have written that among George Washington’s many achievements, one of his longest-lasting was the decision not to run for a third term as president. As the most popular figure of the post-Revolutionary War period, he could have ruled like a king and stayed in office for decades. The peaceful transfer of power Washington […]

By the Editorial Board / Ocala Star-Banner – Our electoral system tends to reward politicians who pander to the extremes. Legislative districts are drawn to favor a particular political party rather than to be competitive. Closed party primaries give further incentive for candidates to appeal only to base voters. Campaign contributions from special-interest groups help […]

By Adam Smith / Tampa Bay Times – Let’s try to talk about Washington dysfunction without focusing on Donald Trump. Trump, after all, would not be president but for the vast public disgust with the status quo that preceded his candidacy and likely will succeed it. Complaints about Congress are nothing new, though the scope […]

By the Editorial Board / Gainesville Sun – Our electoral system tends to reward politicians who pander to the extremes. Legislative districts are drawn to favor a particular political party rather than be competitive. Closed party primaries give further incentive for candidates to appeal only to base voters. Campaign contributions from special-interest groups help push […]

By Kathrine Conroy / Orlando Political Observer – Former Congressmen and one-time U.S. Senate rivals David Jolly (R-Belleair Bluffs) and Patrick Murphy (D-Jupiter) will continue their statewide town hall tour tomorrow in Orlando as they pull back the curtain on Washington and shine a light on the inside reasons why D.C. is in a state of chaos and […]

By Greg Giroux / Bloomberg Government – Party-line voting is the norm. Conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans are all but extinct, and there aren’t many lawmakers left in the middle. One of the centrist casualties, ex-Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), is out with a new book about how he and other middle-of-the-road members of Congress — […]