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Would-be congressman Daniel Webster tried to ban happy hour

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Daniel Webster, the Republican challenger to Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), introduced legislation in 1991 that would have banned bars across Florida from holding happy hours.

Webster, who served in the Florida legislature between 1980 and 2008, filed a bill in January 1991 that sought to prohibit selling alcohol on discount and ban “drinking games” and “contests” at bars. The measure was highlighted by Grayson’s campaign on an affiliated Web site, RejectWebster.com.

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Fortunately for the Florida folks who enjoy a drink after work every now and then, the legislation died in committee, but Grayson’s campaign is seizing upon it. According to an official summary, the measure:

“prohibits selling of such [alcoholic] beverage at price other than at licensee’s initial price charged that week & prohibits certain free dispensing of alcoholic beverages for consumption on licensee’s premises; prohibits licensees from conducting or authorizing certain drinking games or contests on premises, etc.”

“What is it about Daniel Webster that makes him want to micromanage the lives of others through such bizarre legislation?” said Sam Drzymala, a spokesman for Grayson’s campaign. “Why can’t Daniel Webster mind his own business?”

Grayson himself offered a characteristically colorful response. “Big-Government Daniel Webster wants to keep government out of your life, unless you are working, eating, drinking, resting or sleeping,” the congressman said.

The liberal firebrand has a knack for infuriating conservatives, and rose to prominence last year after claiming the Republican heath care plan essentially meant, “don’t get sick,” and if you do, “die quickly.” He is the GOP’s overriding Democratic target to unseat in the House in next month’s election.

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Grayson has marshaled his large war chest to run scathing ads portraying Webster as an extremist, highlighting his hard-line views on women’s issues. Webster’s GOP allies have likewise spent heavily on ads that attack the progressive Democrat in fierce terms.

Webster’s campaign office did not respond to a request for comment.

Below are the details of the bill, as reported by the Florida legislature:

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Legal experts warn Bill Barr is doing ‘the most dangerous things a prosecutor can do’

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Washington Post columnist and Never Trump conservative Jennifer Rubin has been a frequent critic of Attorney General William Barr, often describing him as someone who is more interested in serving the interests of President Donald Trump than promoting the rule of law. And Rubin, in a Thursday column, outlines how critical some legal experts are of the way Barr has handled his recent probe of the investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign’s interaction with Russians.

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Contracts show how Giuliani-backed lawyers planned to help fired Ukraine prosecutor get revenge on Biden

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Newly revealed contracts obtained by the Daily Beast show that two lawyers backed by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani explicitly promised to help fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin regain his reputation by digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

A contract written up by attorney Victoria Toensing this past April stated that Shokin would agree to pay Toensing and her husband, fellow attorney Joseph diGenova, $125,000 "for the purpose of collecting evidence regarding [Shokin’s] March 2016 firing as Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the role of then-Vice President Joe Biden in such firing, and presenting such evidence to U.S. and foreign authorities."

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GOP governor is relying on citizen’s prayers to stop school shootings and end opioid epidemic

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Bill Lee is fond of rolling up his sleeves but in a unique move the Tennessee Republican governor has just made his job much easier. Gov. Lee says it’s up to citizens to end school shootings and the opioid epidemic, and to improve results in the state’s schools, by praying.

“If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will impart his favor on Tennessee,” the AP reports. “The governor’s remarks came during a luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Nashville headquarters.”

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