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March 3: Jews in Florida

Florida was admitted to the United States as its 27th state on this date in 1845. Fewer than a hundred Jews lived in Florida at the time (out of a white population of some 66,000) — including David Levy Yulee, one of the new state’s first two senators and the first Jew in the U.S. […]

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March 2: Senator Russ Feingold

Russell Dana Feingold, who served as U.S. senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011, was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on this date in 1953. Feingold was a left-leaning legislator, significantly more so than most Democrats, and was the only senator to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act. He worked on campaign finance reform, in opposition […]

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September 8: Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving Independent (unaffiliated with either the Democrats or the Republicans) ever in Congress, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1941. After losing several elections in Vermont as a third-party candidate, Sanders became the mayor of Burlington in 1981, and in 1990 became the first self-described socialist elected to Congress since […]

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