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Intersection: Congressional Races

Democrats across the country are hoping the so-called ‘blue wave’ that’s caused upset wins in solidly Republican districts will continue into November.  Qualification for congressional elections in Florida closed last week, setting up some tough primaries- including Alan Grayson taking on incumbent Darren Soto in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Political analysts Michelle Ertel and Dick Batchelor join Intersection to unpack this and other races. 
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Proposed Bill HR 2020 Would Reclassify Marijuana on the Federal Level

Two Florida congressmen have proposed a bill that would make it easier for patients and researchers to get medical marijuana by classifying it differently on the federal level. U.S. Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) and Darren Soto (D-Orlando) have joined to push for a bipartisan measure that would move cannabis from a Schedule I substance, like heroin or LSD, to a Schedule III substance, like anabolic steroids or Tylenol with codeine. The federal Controlled Substances Act currently classifies heroin, LSD, Ecstasy and marijuana in the same category, a group of drugs that the DEA says have “no currently accepted medical use.” Gaetz and Soto say the majority of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, and that HR 2020 would make …
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Former state representative Ricardo Rangel and state senator Darren Soto have announced plans to fill Grayson’s seat. Photo: Flickr.
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Soto and Rangel Will Run to Fill Florida Rep. Grayson’s Seat

The race to fill Florida House Representative Alan Grayson’s seat is heating up. State senator Darren Soto and former state representative Ricardo Rangel announced plans today to run for the 9th district spot. That’s after Grayson announced plans to join the race for U.S. Senate. Grayson’s 9th district director Susannah Randolph could file to run for Grayson’s seat, too. She says she’s strongly considering a run.
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