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Florida's 13th Congressional District
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We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Florida's 13th Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

What issues directly affect people in Florida's 13th Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 13th Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also plan on contacting Local and State Democratic Parties that cover each of the Congressional districts for more information.  We first want to know what thoughts any of you Kossacks have.

We also know that the current representative of the district is Bill Young (ahem.  C.W. Bill Young).  Apparently he believes the answer to minimum wage is, "Get a job."

One of Young's constituents though isn't happy with him with his remarks on military issues:

Here are the 2012 election results:

U.S. House, Florida, District 13 General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate    Vote %    Votes
        Democratic     Jessica Ehrlich    42.4%    139,742
        Republican    C.W. Bill Young    57.6%    189,605

Total Votes:  329,347

Source: Ballotpedia:  http://ballotpedia.org/...

(Florida Secretary of State Website no longer contains 2012 election data)

Poll

Opinion on Bill Young?

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| 12 votes | Vote | Results

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  •  as long as the St. Pete Times keeps endorsing (1+ / 0-)
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    peacestpete

    Young he's a shoo in for the win

    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Tue Jun 04, 2013 at 07:10:30 PM PDT

  •  He needs to retire (2+ / 0-)
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    FG, surfdog

    He has been in office since 1970 and is the longest running member of the House.  He used to bring a lot of federal dollars to the area.  But people are noticing that he is getting slow and cranky and maybe more incline to vote for someone else.  The new 13 was carved out to make it a safe seat for him.  They left out St Pete because it leans Democratic.  This is also the home of Charley Crist and when he runs for Governor there will be plenty of Democrat GOTV.  The area was hit hard from the housing melt down and speculation.  There is a large retiree population and not all of them are wealthy so issues like SSI and Medicare cuts are unpopular.  National disaster relief insurance could have traction here as well as increase federal aid to schools.  Hispanics are growing in the older neighborhoods and in a few elections cycles this area could flip easily to blue. Working families have been struggling with the great recession, so jobs and federal investment projects would have traction as issues.  The local TV covers constant crimes by gun violence so gun reform is popular.  Rick Scott is not liked and nutty legislation that is going on at state level is not helping the area uninsured, hospitals and schools.  The DCCC should put some effort in finding a good candidate for this area to increase democrat turn out in this mid term. If anything just to make Young work real hard so he will retire the next time.  

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