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Joe Henderson: Sunshine law should remind leaders that people of Florida are citizens, not serfs

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The irony of the state Constitutional Revision Commission trying to avoid sunshine laws is almost too rich to describe. If allowed to happen, that would be a dark day indeed. But that’s exactly what CRC Chair Carlos Beruff is proposing, even as the commission continues a series of town hall meetings designed to take public input into the process. Beruff, who ran a bare-knuckles campaign for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. Senate race but ultimately crashed when Marco Rubio…

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Charlie Crist calls decision to exit Paris climate agreement ‘immoral’

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Charlie Crist says the idea of President Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords would be “shortsighted, irresponsible, and immoral.” In the Kenwood area of St. Petersburg Wednesday morning, the St. Petersburg Democratic congressman made the comment during an extensive tour of an ongoing expansion at the Metro Wellness and Community Center. Reacting to reports Trump might pull the country out of the 2015 landmark pact to reduce carbon emissions, Crist says the president should know better.…

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Donald Trump’s cellphone diplomacy raises security concerns

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President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to reach him on his cellphone, according to former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice. Of the two, only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has…

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Darryl Paulson: Will 2018 bring no change or a political tsunami?

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Sometimes political change comes slowly, one drop at a time. That was the 2016 Florida congressional election where Democrats gained a single seat, although the opportunities were everywhere. Sometimes elections result in a political tsunami, where the political landscape is fundamentally altered, and one party replaces the other party as the dominant political force. The 2010 and 2014 midterm elections created a tsunami where Republicans wiped out a substantial Democratic majority and won political control of the House. What will…

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Vern Buchanan wants Donald Trump to keep U.S. in Paris climate accord

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Sarasota Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan wants President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement, the landmark climate change document officially ratified last year by the U.S. and 194 other signatories. Although Trump said this past weekend that he was still considering whether to remain in the pact, Axios reported this weekend that it’s already a done deal. The website said that according to three sources with direct knowledge, Trump privately told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,…

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#8 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Kathy Castor

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Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor has now been in Washington for a decade, but Hillary Clinton’s loss in November to Donald Trump definitely hurt her ability to change policy in Washington. That’s because this is the first time since she was elected in 2006 that she is in a party that neither controls the House of Representatives or the White House, prompting rumors that she was considering a run for Tampa mayor in 2019 (at press time, Castor declined to respond to…

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Kathy Castor dismisses rumors she is thinking of a run for Tampa mayor

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Kathy Castor is not interested in running for Tampa mayor in 2019. Elected in November to a sixth term in Congress representing Hillsborough County, the idea that Castor was contemplating leaving Washington to succeed Bob Buckhorn was floated by Patrick Manteiga in his La Gaceta column late last month. On Tuesday, Castor dismissed such speculation. “You know, I love my hometown, and I’m in a fabulous position to be able to advocate for my hometown,” she told FloridaPolitics.com. “And that’s what I intend to do…

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