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Former insurance consumer advocate Sean Shaw explains what to do before, after Irma

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Tampa state Representative Sean Shaw knows a thing or two about insurance in Florida, having served as the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate for nearly two years between 2008 and 2010. With Hurricane Irma barreling toward the Sunshine State in less than 48 hours, FloridaPolitics.com talked to him about what homeowners need to do in advance of the storm, and what they need to do after Irma leaves, with potentially a lot of damage left in its wake.

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Bob Buckhorn, other mayors trying to get Donald Trump travel ban reversed

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Showing support for the Muslim community, Bob Buckhorn attended prayer services Friday at an east Tampa mosque. Afterward, Tampa’s mayor ripped into President Donald Trump‘s executive order banning travel into the U.S. by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. “This city has your back,” Buckhorn told congregants packed into the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay mosque. “I don’t care what this President did – that is not who America is. That is not what we represent. That is not what we are all about!” he shouted toward the end of his seven-minute address.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.8.16 – America in crisis

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The world awoke to the news this morning that five police officers in Dallas were killed at a police protest last night, with another six wounded. It’s the worst attack on law enforcement officers since 9/11. As I write this morning, CBS News reports that there were three and maybe four snipers involved. There’s been no other information reported on them at this point. Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said the officers were shot by two snipers in “elevated positions” near…

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Personnel note: Caitlin Conant to join CBS News, ‘Face the Nation’

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Caitlin Conant, former communications staffer with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is joining CBS News as Director of Communications for the D.C. Bureau and the Sunday news show “Face the Nation.” Conant is married to Alex Conant, Rubio’s former senior communications director. She most recently worked with the Rubio presidential campaign directing regional press and surrogate communications. Before that, Conant served from 2012-2015 as communications director and press secretary for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. CBS News’ Senior Vice President…

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Donald Trump 44%, Marco Rubo 28%, according to Quinnipiac poll of Florida GOP primary

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Donald Trump is clobbering Marco Rubio in Florida, according to a new poll of likely Republican voters. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday showed Trump has a commanding lead over Florida’s native son. The survey showed Trump led the GOP field with 44 percent of the vote, followed by Rubio with 28 percent of the ballot. On Wednesday, Rubio told CBS This Morning anchors he believed he could win his home state. “Well, we’ll win in Florida now that Gov.…

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Jeb Bush: Donald Trump “scary,” too “uninformed” to be president

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Jeb Bush once again criticized rival presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling the Republican front-runner “scary” and suggested was too “uninformed” to lead the nation. Louis Nelson of POLITICO reports that Bush, in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” blasted the billionaire real estate tycoon for changing positions on Syrian refugees and how to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. “The simple fact is that he’s been wrong on Syria and on the refugees pretty consistently,” Bush said.…

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Kathy Castor says Obama can do a “much better” job of communicating the strategy to combat ISIS

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A CBS News poll released on Monday shows that 66 percent of Americans do not think President Obama has a clear strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Kathy Castor says she understands where the public is coming from. “I think President Obama can do much better in communicating that strategy,” the Democratic Congresswoman who represents Tampa and parts of St. Petersburg said this morning. Castor wouldn’t go beyond that when referring to the president’s issues in communicating with the American people,…

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