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  • Dems to colleagues: Bring Muslims to State of the Union
    Posted in In the News on January 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    CNN.COMDems to colleagues: Bring Muslims to State of the UnionBy Manu Raju and Allie MalloyWashington (CNN)Two leading Democratic lawmakers are encouraging their colleagues to bring Muslim Americans as their guests to Tuesday's State of the Union in what they're calling a "stand against hate."Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, the first Muslim American elected to Congress, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, point to recent rhetoric used agai... Read more

  • Local Doctor's Presence A Strong Stance At State Of The Union
    Posted in In the News on January 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    CBS MIAMI (WFOR)Local Doctor’s Presence A Strong Stance At State Of The UnionMIAMI (CBS Miami) — A Muslim-American doctor from South Florida will be a guest at the State of The Union address on Tuesday.As a guest of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Dr. Mohsin Jaffer of Weston will be among the more than two dozen Muslim Americans in the audience.“This is the greatness of America, that somebody can stand up and put a hood on his face and say nasty things. Somebody can be on the left side o... Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz hopes to combat prejudice, make political point about Republicans by inviting Muslim constituent to State of Union
    Posted in In the News on January 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    SUN SENTINELWasserman Schultz hopes to combat prejudice, make political point about Republicans by inviting Muslim constituent to State of UnionBy Anthony ManU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the first Jewish congresswoman from Florida, said Monday she hopes to counter some of the hate-filled rhetoric in recent months by inviting a Muslim-American constituent to this year's State of the Union address.There's an added political bonus for the Weston congresswoman, who also is chairwoman of the D... Read more

  • House conducts moment of silence for Tucson shooting anniversary
    Posted in In the News on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    THE HILLHouse conducts moment of silence for Tucson shooting anniversaryBy Cristina MarcosThe House paused its proceedings Friday afternoon to hold a moment of silence for the five-year anniversary of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who now represents the district Giffords once did, led the commemoration surrounded by the rest of the Arizona congressional delegation. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic Na... Read more

  • DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to bring Muslim American doctor to Obama's last SOTU
    Posted in In the News on January 8, 2016 | Preview rr

    MIAMI HERALDDNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to bring Muslim American doctor to Obama's last SOTUDemocratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will bring a Muslim-American doctor Mohsin Jaffer of Weston, as her guest to President Obama's last State of the Union address Jan. 12.In a press release announcing her choice, Wasserman Schultz mentioned "hateful rhetoric" against Muslim Americans including an "outrageous suggestion" to create a national registry. That's a jab at GOP fro... Read more

  • Dems urge sanctions after Iran missile test
    Posted in In the News on January 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    THE HILLDems urge sanctions after Iran missile testBy Rebecca KheelSeven Democratic lawmakers are urging President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran after two ballistic missile tests.“The United States and our allies must take immediate, punitive action and send a clear message to Iran that violating international laws, treaties and agreements will have serious consequences,” the lawmakers wrote to Obama in a letter this week. “We understand the administration is preparing sanctions against indi... Read more

  • Gun Groups, Florida Politicians React to Obama's Executive Order on Gun Control
    Posted in In the News on January 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    SUNSHINE STATE NEWS Gun Groups, Florida Politicians React to Obama's Executive Order on Gun ControlBy ALLISON NIELSENPresident Barack Obama issued an executive order to help prevent gun violence on Tuesday, setting off a chain of reactions from politicians, gun rights activists and gun control groups alike, all of whom had something to say about the president’s big step to fight against mass shootings in the U.S.Under Obama’s executive action, background checks would be expanded for potential gu... Read more

  • Wasserman Schultz endorses Obama gun control moves; Republicans opposed
    Posted in In the News on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    SUN SENTINELWasserman Schultz endorses Obama gun control moves; Republicans opposedBy Anthony ManU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Tuesday she endorsed President Barack Obama's move to tighten the control of guns.Wasserman Schultz issued her statement before Obama finished unveiling his new proposals. Republican presidential candidates from Florida — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush — highlighted their opposition whi... Read more

  • Year later, same-sex marriages go from extraordinary to ordinary
    Posted in In the News on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    SUN SENTINEL Year later, same-sex marriages go from extraordinary to ordinaryBy Dan Sweeney The first LGBT couples to get married in the state are celebrating their first anniversaries.Same-sex marriage became legal in Miami-Dade County on January 5, with the rest of the state following on January 6.In the last year, they've had children, bought homes and in many cases, been surprised that something so extraordinary can lead to a life so ordinary. And where else to begin a look back at Florida's... Read more

  • Florida Panther Habitat Needed, Congressman Insists
    Posted in In the News on December 28, 2015 | Preview rr

    SUNSHINE STATE NEWSFlorida Panther Habitat Needed, Congressman InsistsBy Kevin DerbyPointing to an incident over the weekend in which a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle, U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., doubled down on his call for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to designate a “critical habitat” for the official animal of the Sunshine State.“Each year, the Florida panther population continues to shrink in size as more big cats are hit and killed by cars because they lack a safe h... Read more