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On House floor, Charlie Crist says of St. Pete Pride: ‘Be loud and be proud’

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For the first time since it started 15 years ago, the St. Pete Pride parade is moving from the Grand Central District and heading downtown, with the party beginning at 2 p.m. and the parade kicking off around 6:30 p.m. On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Charlie Crist gave a shout-out to the event in a brief address. Here was the text of his address: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the St. Pete Pride Parade…

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Kathy Castor puts faith in Senate GOP to resist completely repealing Dodd-Frank

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Last week, the GOP-led House of Representatives voted to repeal many of the stricter regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis. It was part of a desire to roll back rules that they say have hurt banks, restricted consumer growth and slowed economic progress. Democrats disagree, as each one voted against the bill. “I think the memories of politicians in Washington D. C. are very short,” Tampa Representative Kathy Castor told FloridaPolitics.com earlier this week. “I remember sitting across from many of…

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Kathy Castor, Florida Dems say Donald Trump ‘intentionally’ sabotaged health insurance markets

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A day after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price refused to say if the Donald Trump administration would fund cost-sharing insurer subsidies next year, Kathy Castor and other Florida congressional Democrats say uncertainty is undermining the stability of the health care insurance marketplace. “President Trump and his administration should focus on helping hardworking families keep their affordable health coverage rather than sticking Americans with much higher insurance bills,” the Tampa Democrat writes in a letter urging the president to commit to maintaining…

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If David Jolly runs again in 2018, would rank-and-file Republicans support him?

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Unless you’ve been boycotting cable news, former Pinellas County GOP Congressman David Jolly has been a ubiquitous presence, thanks to his unflinching takedowns on Donald Trump, the titular head of the Republican Party. “Donald Trump is done,” Jolly opined on “11th Hour with Brian Williams” last month after the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. While that independence from GOP orthodoxy makes the former lawmaker a desired quantity on MSNBC and CNN, the feelings among some rock-ribbed Republicans toward him…

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Charlie Crist blasts bill that Democrats say will rollback Dodd-Frank Act

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Charlie Crist took to the floor of the U.S. House on Thursday to blast the Financial CHOICE Act, a Republican-sponsored bill that would undo significant parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms implemented the wake of the Great Recession.. “Unrestrained greed on Wall Street caused a preventable disaster because at no point did anyone say: This is simply wrong,” Crist said before the House approved the measure. “I remember 2008 and 2009: the bailouts, the foreclosures, the long, painful road to recovery,” he said. “The…

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Charlie Crist files bill to provide small business tax relief

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Democrat Charlie Crist is teaming up with Naples Republican Tom Rooney for legislation to provide immediate tax relief to small businesses, which Crist says would enable them to invest in growth and provide higher wages to employees. “The lingering impact of the Great Recession continues to make it difficult for many small businesses to obtain bank loans in order to grow,” the St. Petersburg congressman said Tuesday about HR 2680. “Economic expansion starts on Main Street — not Wall Street. Our bill gives locally owned…

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Bob Buckhorn crosses party lines to help Shawn Harrison’s bid for re-election

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In 2016, Democrats targeted a handful of Florida House districts they believed they could flip from red to blue. One of them was Hillsborough County’s House District 63, where the Florida Democratic Party put some money behind Lisa Montelione in her bid to oust Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison. After a close race, Harrison ultimately prevailed, 51 to 49 percent. Although off-year elections are traditionally harder for Democrats, there is hope that an energetic resistance to Donald Trump could make 2018 a year of opportunity.…

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