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Bob Gualtieri ‘very frustrated’ by federal foot-dragging on undocumented immigrants

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Bob Gualtieri is growing frustrated with the federal government’s slow progress on illegal immigration. After the Pinellas County Sheriff spent months working with members of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security on a plan that would allow sheriff departments to detain undocumented immigrants legally for deportation, Gualtieri says no program has yet been implemented.

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Candidates weigh in on question about Rick Scott making Supreme Court appointments in 2019

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Unsurprisingly, Democratic candidates for governor say the power to appoint state Supreme Court justices in 2019 lies with whoever wins next November, while Republican candidates are divided on the issue. Progressive groups are now battling Gov. Rick Scott in court over his authority to replace the three liberal-leaning justices—R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy A. Quince—who will be retiring in early 2019.

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Joe Henderson: What kind of “heritage” are civil war monument supporters celebrating?

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The argument made by supporters of Confederate monuments is based on the premise that the statues and markers preserve southern heritage. I have heard that point repeated often by those folks and so have you. So, in the interest of moving the discussion forward, I ask a simple question: What is so great about the heritage that it’s worth creating a community-wide divide to preserve?

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Rick Kriseman grabs another law enforcement endorsement

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Just one week before St. Petersburg mayoral primary, Rick Kriseman‘s campaign is boasting about another law enforcement agency endorsement. 

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Obscure neo-Nazi group friendship leads to Tampa killings

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The friendship of the four young roommates – though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division – never seemed destined for bloodshed. One was described as a former science nerd, serving in the Florida National Guard. Two others worked temp jobs at a recycling plant and talked about joining the military. The fourth caught flak from his roommates for wasting his days with video games.

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Paul Tash’s daughter representing company in Bill Edwards lawsuit

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The attorney-daughter of Times Publishing Company chairman and CEO Paul Tash is now among the lawyers involved in a case lodged by whistleblowers against St. Petersburg developer and philanthropist Bill Edwards and his former Mortgage Investors Corp., court records show.

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Andrew Warren: Save Southern Heritage dossier ‘creepy,’ but not illegal

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Citizens supporting the removal of a Hillsborough County Confederate monument are seeking legal action against a “creepy” dossier containing personal information published by a pro-Confederate group. On Monday night, the Hillsborough County Democratic Party contacted State Attorney Andrew Warren to decide if there was anything illegal about a document issued earlier this month by Save Southern Heritage Florida. The file held personal information on more than 100 people who spoke out on removing the statue, a group that included elected officials.…

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