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Dems: Money up after court ruling

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:05 PM

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, Republicans at both the state and national levels said the decision would help them in the 2012 elections by energizing their base voters.

But the national Democratic Party is saying, similarly, that the decision produced a strong fundraising wave for their congressional and Senate candidates.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which raises money for Democratic Senate candidates nationwide, said it pulled in $2.5 million in the 48 hours following the decision.

It said its online donations broke the one-day record on the Thursday of the decision, then broke that record again the Saturday after the ruling.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which raises money for House candidates, said much the same thing: $2.3 million from nearly 65,000 donations from the Thursday of the decision until the following Saturday, including a one-day record for donations on Saturday.

Both organizations said their fundraising was fueled by promises of Republicans to seek repeal of the act.

Law banning doctors' gun questions tossed

A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a new Florida law that banned doctors from asking their patients whether they have guns in their homes, saying it abridged the First Amendments rights of physicians, according to an announcement by a law firm involved in the case.

The state chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Physicians, plus six individual doctors, filed papers a year ago opposing the law, passed in last year's session of the Florida Legislature with the backing of the National Rifle Association.

A preliminary injunction in September blocked enforcement of the law. On Monday, Judge Marcia Cooke of the U.S. Southern District in Miami issued a permanent injunction Monday, according to an announcement from Ropes & Gray, lawyers for the physicians.

The doctors had argued that conversations with their patients about gun safety, particularly involving children, were a legitimate and necessary part of their practice.

Paul will hold rally at USF Sun Dome

The Ron Paul campaign will hold a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 26, the day before the opening of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

USF anticipates "a major rally with thousands of supporters," according to a news release concerning the event.

It begins at noon. Doors open at 11 a.m. And it's free and open to the public, the release said.

The rally is in addition to a three-day festival planned by Paul supporters — but not sanctioned by Paul himself — to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds over the weekend prior to the convention.

Paul's campaign has said he won't be attending that event, and instead will appear at his own.

That's because Paul wants to play down long-standing conflicts between his supporters and the Republican Party establishment, and therefore hopes to control the tone of events in which he participates, his campaign chairman has said.

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