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Sandy Murman confirms she will switch seats to run for a four-year term in countywide seat

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman confirmed to SPB on Monday that she will leave her District 1 seat in 2018 to run for another four-year term in District 7, the countywide seat that will be open with the previously announced retirement of Al Higginbotham. News of Murman’s switch was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times William March. In switching seats, Murman becomes the second current member of the BOCC to announce that they hope to extend their political career by…

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Stop using divisive term ‘sanctuary city’ Kathy Castor tells immigration advocates

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In only the past few weeks, U.S. immigration officers arrested 367 undocumented immigrants. But Newsweek reports they weren’t just the“bad hombres” President Donald Trump said were the priority for removing from the country. In some cases, individuals were arrested for offenses such as driving under the influence or possessing marijuana. “It appears that some of the mean-spirited rhetoric out of the Trump administration has emboldened certain immigration agents to act outside of their typical powers, and we really need to hear that if you…

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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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Kathy Castor agrees with Hillary Clinton; misogyny played a role in her loss

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In her first interview since she lost the race for president in November, Hillary Clinton said last week that “Certainly, misogyny played a role.” “I mean, that just has to be admitted,” she told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff last Thursday night. “And why and what the underlying reasons were is what I’m trying to parse out myself.” Congresswoman Kathy Castor agrees. “What struck me is some interviews on TV during the campaign folks out in Pennsylvania where young people would say, ‘I don’t believe in having…

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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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Hillsborough moves forward on ferry project that may use BP settlement funds

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While the Cross-Bay Ferry reportedly carries nearly 8,000 passengers in March as the six-month pilot project ends later this month, Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a proposal Wednesday to move ahead on a public-private partnership plan to take passengers from South County to MacDill Air Force Base, then to St. Petersburg. The plan would include using the $22 million settlement money the county received from the BP oil spill while building a marina that could be used to service the ferry…

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