Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Charlie Crist - page 4

Charlie Crist files bill to provide small business tax relief

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

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…

Keep Reading

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

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

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.…

Keep Reading

Florida Democrats express outrage, Republicans concern, over possible exit from Paris climate accord

in 2017/Top Headlines by

Florida Democrats slammed the anticipated announcement by President Donald Trump that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, while several Florida Republicans urged Trump to keep America in the agreement. Members of Congress and other political leaders were reacting late Tuesday and Wednesday to reports that Trump intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which all member countries except Syria and Nicaragua signed, to set goals…

Keep Reading

Charlie Crist checks out expansion of Metro Wellness and Community Center in St. Pete

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The Tampa Bay metropolitan area had the 15th highest rate of HIV diagnoses in the country for 2015, the Centers for Disease Control reported last December. Over the years, thousands of local citizens infected with the virus have come for treatment at the four Metro Wellness centers in the Tampa Bay area. But, for more than two decades, the flagship building has been located on the western edge of Kenwood in St. Petersburg. That center is undergoing a $5.2 million expansion, which…

Keep Reading

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

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

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.…

Keep Reading

St. Pete Council candidate Brandi Gabbard fears loss of workforce housing in city

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Realtors may be rejoicing over the possibility Florida’s homestead exemption could be increased by an additional $25,000 in 2019. Brandi Gabbard is not one of them. The National Association of Realtors director and a candidate in St. Petersburg’s District 2 race this year, Gabbart has “grave” concerns about the proposal, which if approved by the voters in November of 2018 could result in the loss of millions of dollars in revenue to the city. “Anything that causes huge deficits to local…

Keep Reading

Jose Felix Diaz, six others qualify to run in SD 40 special election

in 2017 by

The race is set. State records show seven candidates — three Republicans, three Democrats and one no party affiliation candidate — have qualified to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. The one-day qualifying period was set to end at noon Wednesday for the special election. State records show Republicans Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, and Lorenzo Palomares; and Democrats Ana Rivas Logan, Steve Smith, and Annette…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top