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Mast’s Independence May Be Best Path to Holding Florida Swing Seat
Democrats say it’ll take certain kind of candidate to defeat freshman Republican

Freshman Rep. Brian Mast salutes as he arrives for a town hall meeting in Fort Pierce, Florida, on Feb. 24. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Florida Rep. Brian Mast would have moved the fish tank into his Rayburn office differently.

“I would have gotten these guys a wheelie cart and sloshed it down the hallway, with whatever fish were still in there,” he said, nodding to a nearby aide.

Radel Dishes on His Career — and a Little About Cocaine
Former Florida congressman’s book released Tuesday

Trey Radel, then a Florida congressman, leaves court in November 2013 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Republican Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned after he was convicted of cocaine possession, comes clean about his short-lived career in Congress and shares a little about the drug that doomed him.

“While my deepest personal weaknesses cut short my dreams and work in Congress, I picked myself up. As individuals and a country, we can do the same,” he sums up in “Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness & Finger Food.” The 300-page account of his life and times was released Tuesday.

Is Alan Grayson Running Again?
Outgoing congressman downplays filing paperwork for 2018

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.,said his filing does not mean he will necessarily run in 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outgoing Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., filed paperwork to run against Republican Rep. Dan Webster in 2018 but is downplaying talk of a comeback.

Grayson, who gave up his House seat to for the Senate only to lose the primary to Rep. Patrick Murphy, filed to run in the 11th District against Webster, who beat Grayson in 2010, FloridaPolitics reported.

Mattis and West Could Be in Same Chain of Command
Trump’s defense chief pick had said West ‘watched too many Hollywood movies’ after Iraq incident

Former Rep. Allen West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, met Monday with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Former Rep. Allen West is eyeing a job that might put him in the same chain of command as Gen. James Mattis, who once chastised West for an incident in Iraq.

West met Monday with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser appointee, and K.T. McFarland, who Trump has chosen as deputy national security adviser, McClatchy reported.

Pelosi Remains But ‘Winter is Coming’ for Democrats
After watching Republicans, Democrats are headed for their own civil war

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan speaks with the media on Capitol Hill after losing the race for Democratic leader to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Nancy Pelosi survived her leadership election and will continue to lead House Democrats in the next Congress. But the fact that she received a credible challenge, who was supported by one-third of her members, is yet another sign that the times have changed for the Democratic Party.

For the last eight years, Democrats have enjoyed watching the greatest show on Earth: the Republican Civil War. Democrats could grab a bowl of popcorn, sit back, and watch the Republicans eat themselves alive in primaries.

Florida Democrats Prep for Nelson’s 2018 Race
Florida’s senior senator is one of 25 Democrats defending seats in two years

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson faces a potentially tough re-election race as GOP Gov. Rick Scott might run against him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Democrats are trying to pick up the pieces after being decimated by Republicans on all levels in Tuesday’s election as they prepare for a 2018 challenge.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, some Democrats are seeing the same trends in the state that hurt them nationally.

New Kids on the Block
Incoming freshmen House members include former pro basketball player, a Navy SEAL and a couple of second-generation politicians

Newly elected members of Congress all have interesting résumés.

Vulnerable House Republicans Hold On
Democrats have gained a net of at least six seats

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., won re-election, signaling that down-ballot Republicans in competitive districts may be able to overcome Democratic efforts to tie them to Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 10:00 a.m.

With Donald Trump winning the White House, Republicans continue to hold a comfortable House majority. 

New Member: Republican Brian Mast Wins Open Seat in Florida’s 18th District
Republicans flip blue seat red

Brian Mast is the projected winner. (Courtesy Mast campaign)

Republican Brian Mast will defeat Democrat Randy Perkins in Florida’s 18th District, The Associated Press projects.

With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Mast led Perkins by about 10 points.

New Member: Democrat Darren Soto Wins Florida's 9th District
State senator replaces Alan Grayson, who ran for Senate

Democrat Darren Soto is elected to replace Rep. Alan Grayson, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate, in Florida's 9th District.

Democrat Darren Soto will defeat Republican Wayne Liebnitzky in Florida's 9th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Soto led Liebnitzky 58 percent to 42 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting.