Rep. Gwen Graham (D) “raised more than $165,000 for her campaign and over $135,000 for the Our Florida Political Committee” in September and reported “more than $2.5 million cash on hand.”
“Graham also added nearly 1,000 new grassroots donors in September, bringing her total number of unique donors to more than 8,850 people.” (release)
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (D) “has hired a veteran fundraiser … Courtney Whitney. … Levine” said “that he intends to make an official decision in November on whether to join the crowded Democratic primary for governor in 2018.”
“Whitney, who has also raised money for former Rep. Joe Garcia (D) and former DNC Chair and current Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), joins a shadow campaign of Levine political advisers. They include Christian Ulvert, who recently oversaw state Sen. Annette Taddeo’s (D) successful win in a special election last month, and Matthew Van Name, a former campaign manager for Rep. Charlie Crist (D).” (Politico)
Levine did not raise any money in September because he “was solely focused on helping a number of communities prepare and weather Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,” Ulvert said. (SaintPetersBlog)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT. State Speaker Richard Corcoran’s (D) Watchdog PAC has hired digital media firm GoBig Media, consultant Taylor Budowich said Friday. (Hotline reporting)
SOUND OFF. “Responding to reports Donald Trump will dismantle President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan … Graham is pledging to enact a Florida clean power plan.” (release)
“[W]hile it’s not something he talks much about on the campaign trail,” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) “opened up about the reality he faces as a black man while addressing students in an appearance at the University of Tampa campus last week.”
Gillum: “There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by in my city where I’m not driving behind a truck on my way to work that has a big old Confederate flag. … I know a lot of folks say you shouldn’t conflate the Confederacy with racism. … Well, I don’t know another way to describe it. States’ rights? States’ rights to own slaves? … If I pause long enough to allow it to impact me, it would. But I psych myself out on a pretty regular basis that they’re not talking about me. That they don’t mean me, and I’m the mayor of this city, and all the other things that you tell yourself to be unpenetrated by the kind of inequality that you get to see and experience every single day that you live and breath.” (Florida Politics)
“Gillum once took responsibility for reducing the city’s carbon footprint in a short period of time. … PolitiFact Florida did not find evidence that supported a carbon cut of that size under Gillum’s watch. But if you check the website now, you won’t find that claim.” (Tampa Bay Times)
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"The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime." The referral occurred "after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath." The referral does "not necessarily mean McCabe will be charge with a crime ... although the report alleged that one of McCabe’s lies 'was done knowingly and intentionally.'"
A federal appeals court in Chicago "upheld a nationwide injunction against making federal grant funding contingent on cooperation with immigration enforcement." The three Republican appointees ruled that the Trump administration "exceeded its legal authority in trying to implement the new conditions without approval from Congress ... One judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel, Reagan appointee Daniel Manion, said he would narrow the injunction solely to protect Chicago. However, the two other judges assigned to the case said the nationwide injunction appeared to be justified."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley "decided Thursday to delay markup" on a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller until next week. But he remains steadfast in his support for a committee vote, despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "pledge to kill it" if it gets to the floor.
"The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely."