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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to hold re-election fundraiser in Sarasota July 23

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Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine visits Florida this month for a fundraiser in support his 2018 re-election bid. Kaine will hold a cocktail reception beginning 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at The Francis, a special event venue in downtown Sarasota. Tickets for the cocktail reception start at a suggested contribution of $250, going up to $5,400 for a spot as event chair. The former Democratic National Committee chair was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016 on a ticket that won…

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Home Shopping Network to be purchased by rival QVC in $2 billion deal

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Home Shopping Network is merging with its biggest competitor in a deal estimated at more than $2 billion. Liberty Interactive Group, which owns rival QVC, announced an agreement to buy the outstanding 62 percent of the St. Petersburg-based retailer (Nasdaq: HSNi) in an all-stock transaction. Liberty is already HSN’s largest shareholder, owning 38 percent. Liberty is already HSN’s largest shareholder, owning 38 percent. As of May 1, HSN’s enterprise value was $2.6 billion; the Liberty Interactive announcement put the equity…

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Progress Florida joins thousands opposing Trump’s plan for seismic airgun testing off Florida coast

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Progress Florida is one of the organizations and leaders opposing a plan to use seismic airgun testing for oil and gas exploration off the state’s Atlantic coast. The progressive nonprofit organization says the procedure threatens marine wildlife and coastal economies as well as Florida’s tourism and fishing industries. “The noise from seismic airgun blasts is so loud that it can be heard up to 2,500 miles from the source, devastating marine life, harming fisheries and coastal economies,” said Progress Florida…

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Florida Department of Health files rules for new medical marijuana law

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Florida health officials have announced new statewide medical marijuana rules. Lobby Tools reports Monday that the newly renamed Office of Medical Marijuana Use at the Florida Department of Health published its Notice of Adoption to carry out legislation passed during the 2017 special session. The emergency rulemaking process was authorized under SB 8A, which sought to implement the constitutional amendment passed in 2014, and exponentially grow Florida’s medical marijuana market beyond what was originally approved.  “This will enable the department…

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Increased food spending, lower gas prices give Florida retailers boost for Independence Day

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With Independence Day arriving Tuesday, retailers expect a surge in one of the things Americans do best – eat. The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) predicts Americans will spend more than $7.1 billion for Independence Day weekend on food items for picnics, barbecues and other celebrations. That’s an increase of about $2 in per-person spending over 2016. FRF President and CEO R. Scott Shalley said the spending boost will benefit grocers across the Sunshine State, “Independence Day weekend is the most…

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Bill Nelson hosting health care roundtable in Tampa

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Sen. Bill Nelson visits Tampa Monday for a roundtable discussion with those “hardest hit” by the latest attempt from Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Democratic senator will speak with residents on Medicaid as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions. Nelson is back in town during Congress’ weeklong July Fourth recess, after the Senate did not get the required 50 votes to repeal and replace “Obamacare” by a late June deadline. Republican Senate leaders now…

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Rick Kriseman hosting Independence Day Weekend cookout, canvassing event

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Rick Kriseman kicks off the four-day July Fourth holiday weekend with a round of canvassing Saturday morning, followed by a cookout in downtown St. Petersburg. The first-term incumbent St. Pete Mayor is running for re-election, facing his main opponent – former two-term Mayor Rick Baker – as well as Anthony Cates III, Jesse Nevel, Paul Congemi, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter and Ernisa Barnwell. Volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods earlier Saturday morning, after which they will meet up for a cookout…

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