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Charlie Crist to be ‘carved up’ at Suncoast Tiger Bay After Hours April 20

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Suncoast Tiger Bay Club often likes to “carve up” politicians for lunch. Next week, they will have one for dinner, too. Congressman Charlie Crist is the special guest for the Club’s “Tiger Bay After Hours” event Thursday, April 20. The St. Petersburg Democrat will appear at a special evening meeting, which begins 6:30 p.m. at The Hangar Restaurant at the city’s waterfront Albert Whitted Airport downtown. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Sponsorship opportunities are available. As seating…

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Joe Henderson: Rick Scott’s approval rating climbs because the economy trumps everything

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The steady increase in Gov. Rick Scott’s approval rating has reinforced the notion that if voters have a job and the economy seems to be humming along, other things don’t matter much. The latest poll, released this week by Morning Consult, put Scott’s approval number at 57 percent. Considering that he stood at 26 percent in 2012 according to Public Policy Polling, that’s downright miraculous. That same PPP poll five years ago included a forecast that Scott would lose a…

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Only 7 members of Florida’s congressional delegation hosting town halls during Easter break

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(Updated) Gainesville Republican U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho held a raucous town hall meeting Monday night, as he was jeered by members of the audience before he finished his opening statement. “I really, really expected them to be a little more civil,” Yoho to the Gainesville Sun after the event.“This was the rowdiest crowd.” Similar statements have been made by congressional Republicans around the country in 2017, as angry Democrats have crowded town halls in some of the most conservative parts of the country, expressing their…

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The case against Rick Baker running for St. Petersburg mayor

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As coy as he has been with the local media and as busy as he is promoting the Rowdies referendum, Rick Baker is almost certain to run for St. Petersburg mayor this year. Last week, Baker was in Tallahassee for a series of not-exactly-clandestine meetings with top Republican donors like Brian Ballard and Nick Iarossi. Baker’s biggest cheerleader in the capital, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, set up the meetings. Baker does not particularly enjoy fundraising; At least not as much…

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Andrew Gillum tells college Democrats in Tampa ‘We don’t have to run from who we are’

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Even though the 2018 election cycle has barely begun, there’s no question that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is quickly learning that his progressive stances are finding enthusiastic responses as he barnstorms the state. “We can win elections in this state again by being Democrats!” Gillum told an enthusiastic group of Florida College Democrats in Tampay, where they were meeting for their spring convention. “We don’t have to obfuscate. We don’t have to run from who we are. We can say exactly who it is we…

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Charlie Crist, Kathy Castor want Congress consulted on military force in Syria

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The two Tampa Bay-area Democratic members of Congress — Kathy Castor and Charlie Crist — say they support President Donald Trump‘s military action in Syria Thursday night. both say that the House of Representatives should immediately reconvene so that members can debate the use of military force there. But both say the House of Representatives should reconvene immediately so members can debate the use of military force there. That seems doubtful, perhaps, as the House is breaking Thursday for a two-week Easter recess. “The Tomahawk missile strike…

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Citing rising poll numbers, Florida congressional Dems urge Rick Scott to expand Medicaid

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When Congressional Republicans last month attempted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they heard from several GOP governors, who warned them not to go ahead with a plan to cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid, saying it would have a deleterious effect on voters. Now, with new polling indicating that Medicaid has never been more popular, Florida Congressional Democrats are finding the inspiration to ask Gov. Rick Scott to again consider expanding Medicaid. “A number of states that…

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