What does labor want?

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“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”

– Samuel Gompers, American labor leader (born on this date in 1850), in: The Shoe Workers’ Journal, Volume 16 (1915)

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Rep. Gwen Graham to Serve on Agriculture Committee

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Representative Gwen Graham has been appointed to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. Graham requested to serve on the committee to represent the farmers and rural communities in the Second Congressional District.

“Farmers and rural communities are the backbone of North Florida. Our economy depends on their hard work. Our families depend on them to provide food,” Graham said. “On the Agriculture Committee, I will be a voice our farmers can depend on to represent their interests.”

Graham will join Congressman Ted Yoho, who represents the neighboring Third Congressional District, as the only Florida representatives on the Agriculture Committee.

“Florida’s farmers expect us to rise above partisanship and politics,” Graham said. “I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to benefit North Florida agriculture.”

Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick issued the following statement on Graham’s appointment:

“I want to congratulate Rep. Gwen Graham upon her appointment to the House Agriculture Committee. Florida’s farm families look forward to working with her on a variety of federal issues that affect their livelihoods. They will be knowledgeable resources for Rep. Graham in both the development of new legislation and the application of existing policies.”

WCTV NEWS

Now that Congress is in session, and Graham is an acting member of the House Armed ServicesCommittee, she shared some of her priorities for this term with NewsChannel 7.

“My priority has been initially to start building relationships with people regardless of party,” she said.

She says the military community is also a priority, both active duty and veterans and their families.

WJHG TV

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, who unseated Republican Steve Southerland in November, is under fire from Democrats for votes in favor of the Keystone pipeline, to roll back Wall Street reforms and other issues, illustrating the difficulty she faces in a district with a sizable conservative base.

Tampa Bay Times

Shocked and disappointed by the votes of their newly elected congresswoman, more than 20 Tallahassee self-proclaimed progressives will meet with Gwen Graham Saturday to air their differences.

“A lot of people knocked on doors, worked phone banks and contributed what little money they could to support her,” said Amy Datz, a member of the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee who is among those disappointed by the Keystone vote.

St Petersburg Blog

US Deficit $1.4 trillion in 2009 reduced to projected $468 billion in 2015

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CBO: Deficit Shrinks To Lowest Level Of Obama Presidency

The deficit was a whopping $1.4 trillion in fiscal year 2009, when Obama took office.

“The federal budget deficit, which has fallen sharply during the past few years, is projected to hold steady relative to the size of the economy through 2018,” CBO concluded. “Beyond that point, however, the gap between spending and revenues is projected to grow, further increasing federal debt relative to the size of the economy—which is already historically…

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Florida Democrats, approval ratings and the State of the Union Response

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Florida Democrats, approval ratings and the State of the Union-
Often it is said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Those who expect change, but all to often follow the same path, listen to the same narratives, from the same voices, will never see change.
Instead they continue to make the same mistakes, over and over again.
What is always interesting, is they never accept responsibility for making the wrong choices. They always find an excuse, shift blame, try to maneuver, manipulate to some how make the results favor their analysis of why they failed.
In the long run, the result of this, is you lose votes. You lose ground on hard fought issues.
If a teacher consistently failed to teach their students the required skills necessary to succeed to the next level, would we blame the teacher or the students?

The #SOTU was by far the best in my lifetime.~PS101

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