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Yolie Capin elected chair of Tampa City Council

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If you blinked you would have missed it. Unlike a year ago, when it took 14 ballots and over a half an hour to select a chair, Yolie Capin was elected the next chair of the Tampa City Council on the first ballot Thursday morning. The voting began with Councilman Harry Cohen, who some speculated was himself interested in becoming chair, nominating Capin. Luis Viera, the newest member of the Council and a longtime friend of current Council Chair Mike…

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Rick Scott, Titus O’Neil to join area students at construction job fair

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Gov. Rick Scott and WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil will be the top-billed guests at the second annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Job Fair at the Port of Tampa Thursday. In addition to Scott and O’Neil, organizers expect other state leaders and 900 students from across the Tampa Bay region to come to the event promoting careers in the area’s construction industry. The job fair is scheduled to go from 9 am to 1 pm at the port’s cruise terminal.…

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More than 500 attend Planned Parenthood annual luncheon in Tampa

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Planned Parenthood has never been more under fire from congressional Republicans than in recent years. Nevertheless, since the election of Donald Trump, the public is demonstrating they remain firmly behind the family planning organization. According to a Quinnipiac survey conducted earlier this year to coincide with the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, 62 percent of voters oppose cutting off federal funds to the organization, while only 31 percent support that action. Females are leading the Trump resistance, starting with…

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Bob Buckhorn looks forward (and back) in 2017 State of the City address

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With less than two years before being term-limited, Bob Buckhorn fought off the temptation to wallow on his accomplishments as Tampa mayor, versus what’s left to come, during his State of the City address. Speaking Tuesday morning for exactly half an hour at Kiley Park (after a 23-minute pregame show featuring a performance by the Tampa City Choir, as well as an appearance by City Councilman Guido Maniscalco), the speech was vintage Buckhorn — down to the passages adapted from…

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At economic lunch, Bob Buckhorn blasts ‘Koch Brothers led ideology’ in Tallahassee

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Bob Buckhorn announced last month that he won’t run for governor next year, saying it wasn’t worth separating himself from his family over the next couple of years. It’s certainly not for lack of how he would run his campaign, based on remarks he made on Monday in Tampa. Appearing with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, the two mayors of the Tampa Bay area’s two largest cities took turns bashing the state Legislature at the Florida Economic Forum Luncheon. Hundreds of local…

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Politicos celebrate at Tampa Pride

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Ybor City was the site of Tampa’s Pride celebration Saturday, the biggest event since organizers revived it in 2015. “When Carrie (West) said we want to bring the Pride Parade to Tampa, I said let’s roll!” yelled an exuberant Bob Buckhorn in kicking off the festivities. West and longtime partner Mark Bias are founding members of Tampa Pride and helped create the GaYBOR District Coalition in the aughts. He was inspired to bring the event back to Tampa after the Hillsborough County…

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Kathy Castor fears how NIH budget cuts will affect USF, Moffitt Cancer Center

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President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts funding calls for a sharp increase in defense spending while making significant cuts to a variety of domestic programs. When asked Monday what might be the worst part of the plan in her eyes, Congresswoman Kathy Castor said it might just be the proposed $5.8 billion reductions in funding to the National Institutes of Health (18 percent of its total budget). Most of the NIH’s budget goes to funding research in health care in universities across the country.…

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