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Florida's First Liberal Governor
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We Have to Stop Cheating Seniors
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Seniors Deserve a Raise
16 August 2015 - 11:54am
You Can Count on Alan Grayson to Protect Our Health
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19 August 2015 - 5:14pm

Yesterday, a group of anti-reproductive-choice zealots protested outside my Orlando district office to demand that I defund Planned Parenthood and return all contributions the women’s health organization has given to my campaign. I thought you’d like to know what I told them: 

“Nope.” 

It’s really that simple. I will never waiver in my support for reproductive freedom and women’s health care. 

Make a $3 contribution and stand with my continued support of Planned Parenthood >> 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson 
Candidate for U.S. Senate 

Florida's First Liberal Governor
17 August 2015 - 1:19pm

You won’t hear this from the loser “blue dog” Florida Democrats who think that the only way to beat a Republican is to be one.  (When has that ever worked? Like, never.)  But liberals and progressives can win statewide in Florida, and have won statewide in Florida, going all the way back to the 1950s.  For instance, perhaps you’ve heard these three words: “President Barack Obama.” He won Florida in 2008 and 2012, while being called a “liberal,” a “Muslim,” a “socialist,” and even a “liberal Muslim Socialist!”

There are also plenty of homegrown Florida progressives who have carried the state. Today, I want to focus on one of them, LeRoy Collins, who was the Governor of Florida from 1955 to 1961. Collins was the first Governor of Florida to serve two consecutive terms in office.  His opponents called him “Liberal LeRoy.” But history has shown that that label wasn’t a slur; it was a badge of honor.

Support my campaign so I can keep LeRoy Collins’ liberal spirit alive in Florida. Become a “Grayson Sustainer” by pledging to give $20.16 (or more) a month now. Contribute today. 

Collins, a Democrat, was born in Tallahassee, and he served in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate for almost 20 years before becoming Governor. Civil rights was the fundamental issue of the day. Initially, Collins, like almost every other white Southern politician, had reservations about the civil rights movement. But he also understood the depravity of segregation, and in 1956, he became the first Southern governor to speak out against it publicly.  At last, civil rights had its Southern white champion.

“I believe very deeply that I represent every man, woman and child in this state as their governor, whether that person is black or white, whether that person is rich or poor, or whether that person is influential or not influential,” Collins said during a 30-minute television and radio address, making the moral case for ending segregation.

The whites-only segregationist-led Florida Legislature saw it differently.  It tried to pass an “interposition” resolution.  “Interposition” was the 1950s version of “nullification,” the notion that the states could ignore the U.S. Constitution and federal law.  But Collins saw it coming, and in a stunning display of courage, using his powers as Governor, he adjourned the legislature before they could close down Florida public schools. 

No other southern Governor would join Collins. They didn’t have his progressive courage.

Collins also opposed capital punishment.  He fell just a few votes short of sending a constitutional amendment to the voters to abolish it. Poignantly, he said that every time he signed a death warrant, “it left him feeling nearly as guilty as the murderers."  Collins also was an early crusader against Big Tobacco’s advertising to hook children on cigarettes.

Later, Collins served under President Lyndon Johnson as the first Director of the Community Relations Service, where he continued his work to improve race relations. "Above all else, it is the moral duty of our generation to plow under racial injustice everywhere in the United States,” he said in 1963. 


In fact, as time passes, more and more conservatives, liberals - everyone on all sides – are praising Liberal LeRoy Collins for his integrity and courage in the face of violence and bigotry. Right after Liberal LeRoy Collins died in 1991, the Florida House of Representatives passed a unanimous resolution proclaiming Collins the “Floridian of the Century.” And last year, Jeb Bush gushed, “Florida’s greatest governor, LeRoy Collins, set a national example of principled leadership here that his successors have strived to follow.”

There it is: the only thing I can think of where Jeb Bush and I agree. Liberal LeRoy Collins was Florida’s greatest Governor. 

I won’t hold my breath and wait for current Florida Republicans Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, or even former Republican Patrick Murphy, to offer any kind words about Liberal LeRoy Collins’s progressive principles, or mine.  Perhaps like Jeb Bush, who sat in Collins’ chair in the State Capitol for eight years, maybe in a few decades, they’ll come around!

But I don’t need their praise and we can’t wait for the Republicans to have an epiphany of conscience and morality. What I do need is your help. If you support another progressive champion like “Florida’s Greatest Governor,” Liberal LeRoy Collins, then I urge you to support my campaign for justice, equality and peace. Become a “Grayson Sustainer,” and pledge to give $20.16, $50 or even $100 a month now. Every dollar helps. 

Courage in the Collins tradition, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate 

We Have to Stop Cheating Seniors
17 August 2015 - 8:26am

On Friday, the 80th anniversary of the Social Security program, Congressman Alan Grayson announced brand-new legislation to give seniors a 2.9% benefit increase, by fixing their flawed Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs): 

“Since 1975, when Social Security COLAs began, we have cheated our seniors out of a staggering sum – $388 billion. How? Because we have failed to make cost-of-living adjustments based on how seniors actually spend their money. If we had, then seniors would have received an additional $25 billion in earned benefits last year alone.” 

—Congressman Alan Grayson 

Since 1975, Social Security COLAs have been based upon the CPI-W, the consumer price index for urban workers. They should have been based on CPI-E, the consumer price index for the elderly. And it’s a big difference. Seniors spend more on healthcare than others do; the real cost of healthcare has skyrocketed since 1975. Seniors spend less on gasoline than others do; the real cost of gasoline peaked in 1981. As a result, the value of Social Security benefits is three percent LESS today than it was in 1975. 

Fixing Social Security COLAs will ensure that millions of seniors (and veterans, who get the same COLAs) are getting the benefits they deserve. There is no better way to honor the promise that President Franklin Roosevelt made to our seniors 80 years ago by than by fixing COLA adjustments, and giving seniors a 2.9% raise. 

Become a citizen co-sponsor to fairness for seniors, by adding your name to Rep. Grayson’s legislation here >> 

Thanks, 

Team Grayson 

Seniors Deserve a Raise
16 August 2015 - 11:54am

Eighty years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt lifted millions of people out of poverty by signing the Social Security Act. This historic law, which we have fought to protect for eight decades, has provided critical benefits to our country’s most vulnerable: seniors, widows and widowers, children, and disabled Americans. 

When President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, he said: 

“We can never insure one hundred percent of the population against one hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life, but we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.” 

President Roosevelt was right. And on this historic day to celebrate the birth of Social Security, we can push for seniors to get the raise they deserve. 

I’m introducing the “Seniors Deserve a Raise Act,” which will give seniors a 2.9% benefit increase by improving their cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs). Add your name to become a citizen co-sponsor >> 

Since 1975, when Social Security COLAs began, we have cheated our seniors out of a staggering sum – $388 billion. How? Because we have failed to make cost-of-living adjustments based on how seniors actually spend their money. If we had, then seniors would have received an additional $25 billion in earned benefits last year alone. 

My bill will increase Social Security benefits right now by 2.9%. (This will make up for the decades of cheating our seniors out of benefits with flawed COLAs.). It will also require the Social Security Administration to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E), whenever that index is higher than the currently used CPI-W (Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers). (Why have we been calculating COLAs based entirely on the spending habits of workers, when most seniors are retired? Square peg, meet round hole.) The CPI-E gives full weight to the goods and services seniors actually purchase (like health care – lots of it). These increases will apply to retired military benefits as well. 

In short, this bill ensures that seniors and veterans are getting the COLAs that they deserve. Add your name to become a citizen co-sponsor now >> 

We owe our seniors too much to continue cheating them on Social Security. They’ve fought our wars, marched in our streets, raised us, loved us, and worked to make our lives what they are. Let’s show our love by passing the “Seniors Deserve a Raise Act” ASAP. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for U.S. Senate 

“Honor thy father and thy mother.” 

Exodus 20:12. 

You Can Count on Alan Grayson to Protect Our Health
16 August 2015 - 11:53am

Team Grayson here. We’re being brief. (For real.) Congressman Grayson is under attack from his Republican opponent — Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-1950’s) — for having the courage to support a women’s health organization like Planned Parenthood. You’re shocked? We know. We’re just as shocked. 

Planned Parenthood is the face of women’s health. Nearly a quarter of all American women have relied on it. Without it, we’d have more cancer, more AIDS, more venereal disease, more unwanted and uncared-for children, and more death. 

And yet these “War on Women” Republicans cannot stop attacking it. 

That’s why we need Alan Grayson in the Senate. We need someone with the courage to defend Planned Parenthood, and stop the Republicans from endangering millions of women’s lives. 

So give $5 or more right here, so that we can elect a Senator with Guts who will fight to defend women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood from the Republicans >> 

See? We told you we’d be brief. Now let’s get to work – to protect Planned Parenthood and put Alan Grayson in the United States Senate. Thanks. 

Sincerely, 

Team Grayson 

Candidate for Senate (D-FL)

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