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  • Terminally ill toddler was turned into cruel internet meme, mom says

    12/01/2016 1:13:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | December 2, 2016 | By Jennifer Earl
    As soon as her tiny baby boy was born, Jenny Smith knew something was wrong. She could see it in the doctors’ faces, and she could hear it in her newborn son’s weak cry. Before the small-town mom from Ranburne, Alabama, could even hold newborn Grayson, doctors were whisking him away to a medical center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there she found out her baby was diagnosed with an array of serious problems: occipital encephalocele, craniosynostosis, micronathia, thumb hypoplasia, a cleft palate, hypospadias, congenital anomalies of the lower limbs, ASD of the heart, apnea, and he did not appear...
  • Alan Grayson claims AR-15s can fire ‘700 rounds in a minute’ after Orlando attack

    06/13/2016 11:43:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 156 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    Florida Rep. Alan Grayson used the aftermath of Sunday’s Islamic terror attack to claim AR-15 semi-automatic rifles can fire 700 rounds per minute. Security guard Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded over 50 others during an attack on a gay nightclub — the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Mr. Grayson, a Democrat, was asked about the massacre and soon turned his attention to the AR-15 rifle. ... “If [Mr. Mateen] was not able to buy a weapon that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute, a lot of those people would still be alive,” the congressman said. “If...
  • Alan Grayson marries candidate who wants to replace him

    05/31/2016 4:59:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 31, 2016 | Marc Caputo
    One of Dena Minning’s biggest assets in her congressional bid was her boyfriend: incumbent Alan Grayson, who’s leaving the U.S. House to run for U.S. Senate. Now, after Grayson has helped raise her profile and run for his U.S. House seat, he married her over the Memorial Day Weekend and gave her his last name, according to her Monday social-media posts and The Orlando Political Observer. Dena Minning promptly became Dena Grayson on Twitter and Facebook. The largely unknown outsider in the Orlando-area district now has a potent tool in running under the name of the incumbent in a crowded...
  • Harry Reid to Rep. Alan Grayson: 'I want you to lose'

    05/11/2016 8:52:57 PM PDT · by Kush · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/11/2016 | Burgess Everett and seung Min Kim
    Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday, disrupting a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in front of dozens of staffers and members of Congress.Grayson (D-Fla.), whose bid for the open Florida Senate seat Reid vehemently opposes, arrived at the meeting with Reid’s February statement in hand, according to two sources in the room. In that statement, Reid said Grayson has “no moral compass” and “used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds.” ...The Florida Senate candidate said in a statement afterward: “I have a low opinion of Reid’s...
  • Dems' meeting boils over with Reid/Grayson spat

    05/11/2016 1:03:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2016 | Scott Wong
    A routine meeting of liberal Democrats grew heated on Wednesday when Rep. Alan Grayson(D-Fla.) went after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over ethics charges dogging Grayson as he vies for the Senate. Reid was a guest at the weekly gathering of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) when Grayson confronted him over Reid's previous calls for the Florida Democrat to resign from Congress over the ethics complaint, which accuses Grayson of running a hedge fund through his congressional office. "Shame on you. It’s not true," Grayson said, according to sources in the room. "It is true and I want you...
  • My Choice: Justice Elizabeth Warren. Right now

    02/16/2016 12:08:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | February 15, 2016 | Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL9)
    Dear Mr. President, please appoint Elizabeth Warren to the Supreme Court before the end of the week. Sign our petition to the president, asking him to nominate Elizabeth Warren to the Supreme Court. And forward this to your friends, so that they can do the same. Why Elizabeth Warren? She started waiting tables at the age of 13, a year after her father was driven into poverty by a heart attack followed by huge medical bills. She later taught children with disabilities. She was a Harvard Law Professor for almost two decades -- in fact, the only one there with...
  • Harry Reid calls on Alan Grayson to drop out

    02/12/2016 9:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 12, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday pressed Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) to drop his Senate bid amid scrutiny surrounding his hedge fund, according to a statement provided to The Hill. Reid challenged Grayson's progressive credentials and criticized the Florida congressman's "moral compass" based on the recent reports about his fund. "These deeply troubling allegations should disqualify anyone from a seat in the U.S. Senate," Reid said in a statement, which was first reported by The Associated Press. "Alan Grayson used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds, and he should drop out...
  • NYT: Alan Grayson's hedge fund work interfered with congressional duties

    02/12/2016 11:05:01 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Orlando Weekly ^ | 2/12/16 | Monivette Cordeiro
    For the past year, media outlets like Politico and the Tampa Bay Times have raised questions about U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and his management of a hedge fund, which spurned an investigation into the congressman by the House Committee on Ethics. Now, The New York Times is reporting the extent to which Grayson's two positions mingled: "The inquiry has become public, but emails and marketing documents obtained by The New York Times show the extent to which Mr. Grayson’s roles as a hedge fund manager and a member of Congress were intertwined, and how he promoted his international travels,...
  • Alan Grayson joins Bernie Sanders’ move for free college tuition

    01/23/2016 1:56:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | January 21, 2016 | Scott Powers
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson announced Thursday he had filed a bill to make tuition free and restructure student loans for students at public colleges and universities. Grayson, an Orlando Democrat running for Florida's U.S. Senate seat, modeled his House Resolution 4385, introduced last week, after a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last year by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president. The would have the U.S. Department of Education award grants to states to allow them to eliminate tuition and other required fees at state colleges and universities. The bill was referred to the House Committee on...
  • Congressman Readies Ted Cruz Eligibility Lawsuit With Eye on Mom[Rep. Grayson]

    01/06/2016 3:42:13 PM PST · by Theoria · 56 replies
    US News ^ | 06 Jan 2016 | Steven Nelson
    A Florida Democrat and some Obama "birthers" agree about Cruz. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump suggested this week his nearest rival for the Republican presidential nomination may be ineligible for office and won a daylong echo across the political press, despite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt to brush off the commentary. In raising the issue, Trump said Republicans should be concerned about Democrats hog-tying Cruz with a yearslong legal challenge -- and indeed an effort to do just that already is afoot. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, an attorney and Democratic Senate candidate, tells U.S. News he will file a lawsuit...
  • Once again, Alan Grayson violates ethics rules, using House committee clip in campaign ad

    01/02/2016 9:31:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Saint Peters Blog ^ | 12/29/15 | Peter Schorsch
    **SNIP** Most of the ad is standard campaign fare, and not particularly noteworthy, even though the endorsements from Sheen and Moore are several years old. Both were taken from Grayson's House campaign nearly six years ago. But at the 18-second mark, the ad gets really interesting. That is the point where Grayson - to promote his Senate bid - uses an MSNBC clip of him speaking during a congressional hearing - yet another violation of U.S. House rules. Grayson runs afoul of ethics rules on the use of official resources for campaign or political purposes, namely House Rule 11, Clause...
  • Grayson: I’ll File A Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz If He’s The Nominee

    11/25/2015 8:33:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | November 25, 2015 | Alan Colmes
    Wednesday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL), who offered to argue with the conservative family member of a donor’s choice this Thanksgiving. Rep. Grayson, who is running for the Senate seat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is vacating to run for president in 2016, held nothing back as he went after the entire GOP field and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in particular: COLMES: What are some of the other items on your hit list right now in terms of arguing with the other side? GRAYSON: Honestly, it’s the appalling choices that they have among their...
  • [Rand] Paul Hosts Secret Anti-War Meeting

    09/10/2013 6:04:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/10/2013
    In a secret meeting on Tuesday morning, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) hosted a bipartisan group of senators and House members in the Capitol’s basement. According to several participants, the lawmakers plotted ways to stop the use of U.S. military force in Syria. Since the diplomatic situation is fluid, there was no final consensus on how best to combat the administration, but potential legislative maneuvers, press appearances, and letters were discussed. Several undecided members asked questions. Aides say Paul planned the gathering over a week ago, and the list of attendees grew by the day. He is pleased, especially, by...
  • Grayson: Cruz Is The "Miley Cyrus" Of The GOP: "Twerking Every Right-Winger In Sight"

    11/10/2015 11:01:39 AM PST · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 10, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Democratic 2016 Senate candidate Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) said Republican presidential candidate Sen. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was the Miley Cyrus of the Republican Party because he is “twerking every right-winger in sight.”
  • Grayson Silent On Closed-Door Meeting With Ethics Investigator

    10/25/2015 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/25/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), known as one of the most outspoken members of Congress, met with a congressional ethics investigator Wednesday and would not discuss the meeting when questioned by Politico. Grayson has come under fire in recent months by the media and watchdog groups for operating hedge funds bearing his name, actions that are prohibited by sitting members of Congress. Additionally, on the same day the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed an ethics complaint against Grayson, he made a $15,000 payment to a law firm using funds from his campaign, which he also refuses to...
  • Dem Rep Grayson: Trump Supporters "Racist" Worst 1.2 Percent In America

    08/28/2015 11:28:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday night on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Democratic hopeful for U.S. Senate, said supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump are racist and “the worst 1.2 percentin America.”
  • As Dem Rep. Grayson runs for Senate seat, girlfriend reportedly runs for his

    08/03/2015 3:18:15 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2015
    Outspoken Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is leaving behind his House seat to run for one in the Senate, and his girlfriend reportedly is eyeing his old job. Ninth District Rep. Alan Grayson and Dr. Dena Minning have been dating for months, according to reports in Politico, the Orlando Sentinel and elsewhere. Shortly after Grayson announced his 2016 Senate bid a month ago, Minning filed paperwork with the FEC to run for his House seat. The development adds one more wrinkle to Grayson’s campaign storyline. Grayson, perhaps best known as the congressman who accused anti-ObamaCare Republicans of wanting people to...
  • Grayson fails to file for Senate in time

    07/29/2015 7:41:43 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/29/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Florida Senate hopeful Alan Grayson didn’t file his official candidacy with the Federal Election Committee by the deadline, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Rep. Grayson (D) had 15 days to file the paperwork from when he announced his campaign on July 9 or after spending or receiving more than $5,000, but the FEC website does not show any filing as of Tuesday night. The campaign told the Times that the mistake was due to a “staff error.” Grayson’s campaign spokesman, Kevin Franck, said the form would be sent in “today.”
  • Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy

    01/06/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 8 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-6-2014 | Alana Goodman
    January 6, 2014 Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy Alana Goodman The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an...
  • Rep. Grayson announces run for Rubio's Senate seat

    07/14/2015 1:44:30 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-9-15 | WFTV
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is running for the Florida Senate seat that Republican Marco Rubio is giving up to run for president. Grayson made the announcement on Thursday. "This is the it campaign of 2016. Just like Elizabeth Warren was the it campaign in her race," Grayson said. "I'm going to be running a Barack Obama style campaign. I am going to try and wake up and electrify the electorate with all the good we can do for each other." When WFTV asked Grayson how he is going to win, he replied, "By being the champion for...