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Alan Grayson Ties Tea Party to KKK (Updated)

Grayson sent a controversial fundraising email. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:11 p.m. | 

On Monday, a Grayson fundraising email sent to supporters features an image of two KKK members in full regalia looking at a flaming cross, which is used as the "T" in tea party. "Now You Know What the 'T' Stands For," reads a title under the image.

Alan Grayson Draws GOP Opponent #FL09

Rep. Alan Grayson, the liberal firebrand who won a comeback bid to Congress in 2012, officially has a Republican challenger in Florida’s 9th District.

Jorge Bonilla, a conservative blogger and Navy veteran, announced on Monday that he will challenge Grayson for the 9th District seat.

House Ratings Changes in Florida, New York

Today, Roll Call moves two Florida House race ratings in the Democrats' direction, while one New York House race ratings change favors the Republicans.

FL-09 The honcho of hyperbole, the chief pooh-bah of provocation and the high baron of belittlement is poised to come to the 113th Congress. It’s Alan Grayson time. The former Congressman looks on track to comfortably beat long-shot GOP nominee Todd Long in a Democratic district and return to Washington, D.C. Roll Call moves this race to from Likely Democratic to Safe Democratic.

Florida: Big Win for Alan Grayson in Tonight's GOP Primary

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Sunshine State voters chose their nominees for the House today. And although former Rep. Alan Grayson didn't have a primary opponent in the 9th district, the Democratic nominee for the Orlando-area seat came away a winner.

The outspoken former Congressmen and his Democratic allies have worked hard and spent good money to ensure he faces an opponent other than Osceola County Commissioner John "Q" Quinones, who would have been the strongest GOP candidate in the Democratic-leaning district. Their work paid off.

Florida: Alan Grayson Continues Raising Big Bucks

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Firebrand former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) announced today that he raised $820,000 in the second quarter and ended June with about $1.2 million in cash on hand in his bid to return to the House.

Grayson was beaten by now-Rep. Daniel Webster by 18 points in 2010 but is running in the newly configured Orlando-area 9th district, which is friendly to Democrats. It would have voted about 60 percent for Barack Obama in 2008.

New York: Alan Grayson Pitches for Charlie Rangel

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), running in a Democratic-leaning district in a bid to return to Congress, today emailed supporters soliciting donations for vulnerable Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

In the June 26 Democratic primary, the 82-year-old Rangel faces the most difficult election of his career since he unseated longtime Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (D-N.Y.) in 1970.

Florida: Alan Grayson Pulls in Big Bucks

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year in his bid to return to Congress representing the new Orlando-area 9th district.

"We are doing something special. Our campaign model shows that you can raise money and win elections without having to sell out to special interests or the lobbyists,” Grayson said in a statement. The campaign said it raised the massive haul from almost 12,000 contributors.

Florida: John Quiñones Announces Bid in 9th District

Osceola County Commissioner John "Q" Quiñones (R) will run for Congress in Florida's new strongly Democratic 9th district, he announced yesterday.

Quiñones, a former state Representative, faces a handful of Republicans in the primary. The winner of that contest will take on likely Democratic nominee former Rep. Alan Grayson in a district that would have voted 60 percent for Barack Obama in 2008. Quiñones, 46, is the second Latino GOP candidate to throw his hat in the ring. The district is more than 44 percent Hispanic.

Report: Alan Grayson Runs Red Light, Slams Into Bus

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Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) ran a red light this afternoon and slammed his Mercedes-Benz into a local bus, injuring two people, according to a local Florida television station report. Grayson was not hurt, NBC affiliate WESH reported, showing video footage of him talking with a police officer near a wrecked car.

"Officers say Grayson was at fault and he will be cited," the anchorwoman said on the news report, noting he was on his way to a fundraiser.