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At town hall in Ybor City, Darryl Rouson says climate is good for “true” criminal justice reform

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At a town-hall meeting in Tampa’s Ybor City, newly-elected Senate District 19 Democrat Darryl Rouson said he feels that, finally, a serious attempt at criminal justice reform is going to take place in the Florida Legislature in 2017. “It’s my intention to change the Black Caucus this year so that all 28 members … really stand up and do something,” he said when queried by one new constituent, who told him that the only way to stop gun violence was to provide…

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Arthenia Joyner, Jeff Kottkamp apply for constitutional panel

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Ougoing Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner and former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp are among the latest applicants to Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga for the Constitution Review Commission. Court spokesman Craig Waters provided an updated list of 20 applicants Tuesday. The Florida Constitution allows for a “revision commission” to meet every 20 years to “examine the constitution, hold public hearings and … file its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it.” The state’s…

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Apartment Association names Kathleen Peters Legislator of the Year

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Kathleen Peters has been selected as the Bay Area Apartment Association Legislator of the Year. Peters earned the distinction, the association said, because she sponsored and had passed a series of bills – all of which were signed into law – that will remake the landscape of substance abuse and mental health treatment across the state for years to come, and which attempt to supplant the criminal justice system as the de facto dumping ground for people who suffer from…

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Arthenia Joyner to cell providers: Suspend overage charges ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner is calling on cellular providers to suspend data overage charges. Joyner urged the state’s cell phone providers to halt overage charges for customers who live in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew. She also called on Gov. Rick Scott to support her request, saying the charges are the “last thing victims of this monster storm need to worry about.” “As Floridians ready for evacuations or hunker down in their homes as this hurricane approaches, communication is…

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HD 60 Republican candidate Jackie Toledo slams PTC’s vote on ridesharing companies

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Like the many Tampa Bay area GOP state lawmakers she wants to join in Tallahassee this November, Jackie Toledo said Wednesday she is disgusted by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission’s approval of new regulations that could ultimately lead ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft to leave the region. “The rules passed by the PTC are clear examples of abuse of power and bureaucratic overreach, plain and simple,” the House District 60 Republican candidate said in a statement issued shortly after the vote came down. “They are…

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Hillary Clinton (finally) endorses Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of Patrick Murphy in his U.S. Senate contest in Florida against Marco Rubio shouldn’t qualify as news … except when it comes just two hours after a published report asked why it hadn’t come yet, less than nine weeks before Election Day. “I am proud to endorse Patrick Murphy to be Florida’s next U.S. senator,” said Clinton. “Patrick is a problem solver who will work hard for the people of Florida.” The statement was issued by the Clinton camp two hours after the Miami…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.7.16 — Pam Bondi’s reluctance to investigate Trump University resurfaces on the campaign trail

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Who knew Hillary Clinton was a fan of the University of South Florida Bulls? “Hello, Tampa! Hello, USF! I know I’m only the second-most exciting thing that’s happened here in the last few days. Your big win to open your football season got some attention,” the Democratic presidential nominee said to the audience who gathered at the rather intimate student recreation center on the North Tampa campus on Tuesday (And yes, that 56-20 victory over Towson was impressive). After dispensing…

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