Steve Southerland

A coalition calling itself Stand Up North Florida went public Monday. It says it wants more state water conservation money to go to North and Central Florida. Representing the group were local and state politicians and business leaders. Environmentalists were notably absent.

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Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is endorsing Democratic Congressional candidate Gwen Graham.

Speaking to reporters in Tallahassee Thursday, Nelson accused North Florida Congressman Steve Southerland of contributing to the gridlock in Congress.   

“I represent all the people in Florida. I don’t represent just those who voted for me," he said. "I represent indeed, in addition, those who didn’t vote for me. As well as those who didn’t vote at all.”

Republican Congressman Steve Southerland (FL-2) says he won’t debate Democratic challenger Gwen Graham until she gets outside groups to stop running attack ads against him.

That was the response Southerland’s campaign issued this week after Graham wrote him a letter asking to schedule a series of debates in the district that stretches from Panama City to Tallahassee. She says voters deserve to see a side-by-side comparison of the candidates.

fishing boats
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Recreational fishermen spend almost $9 billion dollars in Florida each year. But this year, the fishing season for one popular saltwater fish has been drastically cut. The nine-day red snapper season has boat captains, congressmen and government-appointed fish managers all calling for changes to how fish supplies are managed.

The 2014 election cycle is still a year away, but in North Florida, the campaign for the state’s Second Congressional District is already in high gear.

National Democrats smell blood.

“What voters are looking for, is someone to be the adult in the room and get something done," says Andy Stone, Spokesman for the House Majority SuperPac, which is looking to flip the U.S. House of Representatives from Red to Blue in 2014.

U.S Capitol
David Iliff

Congress remains at an impasse with just hours left before the deadline for passing a federal budget. Residents in the Big Bend area are worried government services could slow down or stop if agreement is not reached in Washington.

Seventy-seven-year-old Ann Prescott lives in Tallahassee. She says she’s concerned about whether she’ll continue getting Social Security checks if there’s a federal shutdown. And a phone call to her local Social Security Administration office did little to quell her fears. She asked the woman on the phone if she could count on her monthly check.

Florida Politicians Rally Behind Oyster Industry

Aug 16, 2013
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More than 200 community members filled the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, waving signs, chanting slogans and signing petitions. There was also no shortage of politicians in Franklin County Tuesday. Those running for office like Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham and those holding office like her opponent Republican Congressman Steve Southerland found themselves on the same side of an issue. State Senator Bill Montford, whose district includes Apalachicola, told a thunderous crowd oysters aren’t a partisan issue.

Southerland Attracts First Opponent For 2014

Apr 8, 2013

With a little more than 19 months left until the November 2014 midterm elections the battle for Florida’s 2nd congressional district is already heating up. Incumbent Republican Steve Southerland has already drawn his first Democratic opponent in the race.

Democratic leaders, activists and union members in Florida are raising their voices to ask for what they call a more balanced Federal tax system. A number of groups held protests Thursday outside the offices of several Republican congressmen around the state.

Get rid of the Bush tax cuts. That’s what Bruce Ballister said would be one of the best first steps to take to get a fairer tax structure in the country. He added it’s time for lawmakers to start ignoring the Grover Norquist pledge for no new taxes, which many of the country’s Republican lawmakers signed.

Congressional Candidates Court Female Voters

Oct 31, 2012
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Former State Senator Al Lawson, who is currently running for congress in Florida's 2nd Congressional District, says women will play a crucial role in deciding next week’s election.  On Wednesday Lawson asked women for their vote during a round table discussion in Tallahassee.

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Military veterans are speaking out against U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, who is in a tight reelection race against former state lawmaker Al Lawson for his District 2 Congressional seat. The veterans spoke at a Tallahassee press conference organized by the Florida Democratic Party on Tuesday.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

On Saturday, supporters of Mitt Romney and District 2 incumbent Congressman Steve Southerland came out for a rally on the steps of the Florida Capitol. The event, organized by the group Florida Women for Romney, also attracted protesters who criticized Romney’s and Southerland’s records on women’s issues.

Gail Hogan, who lives in Tallahassee, was one of about 150 people on the Capitol steps. She waved a sign that said "Women for Romney."

The Legislature’s revised Senate redistricting map is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court justices. The Court set oral arguments for April 20 to decide the plan’s fate. However, James Call reports candidates are not waiting for the final decision on new district lines and have begun campaigning for the 2012 elections.

Moments after a Senate committee approved a new district map Senators gathered around it to see what it meant to their reelection chances.

After complaints about toxic algae in Florida’s water bodies, and an attempt at imposing Federal water quality standards, the Environmental Protection Agency is giving the state a chance to make its own rules. Regan McCarthy reports U.S. Representative Steve Southerland came to Florida Monday to tout the state’s proposed water quality standards.