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Janet Cruz reflects on racially-tinged incident at Florida Democrats gala

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Two weeks ago, state Rep. Janet Cruz was part of a group of Democrats angry at Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel for racially-tinged remarks made backstage at the Party’s biggest annual fundraising event. Now, the House Minority Leader from Tampa says those bitter feelings are mostly forgotten as the party looks to seize on anti-Donald Trump sentiment in 2018. “It was disappointing,” Cruz says about the fact that before former Vice President Joe Biden took the stage to give the keynote…

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In Tampa, public officials blast education bill, urge Rick Scott veto

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A host of political and education issues came together Tuesday in West Tampa to trash the massive $419 million public education bill that GOP lawmakers unveiled and passed in the final days of the Legislative Session. “This is the mother of all education bills, ” said Rep. Sean Shaw. The Tampa Democrat was referring to House Bill 7069, a 278-page conforming bill agreed to in secret and barely surviving a vote in the Senate before the Legislature adjourned earlier this month. HB 7069,…

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White House bars major news outlets from gaggle

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News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and POLITICO were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing Friday. The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible,” Lauren Easton, the AP’s director of media relations, said in a statement. Several news organizations were allowed…

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@POTUS gets a fresh start with Donald Trump inauguration

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Much has been said about the peaceful transition of power, but what about the peaceful transition of the presidential Twitter account? Don’t worry, there’s a plan for that. The POLITICO Morning Tech email reported this morning that a plan is in place to transition all of President Barack Obama’s tweets from the @POTUS account to @POTUS 44, an “archived Obama-era version of the account. The account will retain all of the current followers, while also attaching those same followers to…

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Martin Dyckman: In post-truth America, responsible news more important than ever

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There’s a scene in the musical “Chicago” that could be adopted virtually intact when they make the one I’d call “Trumpistan.” It’s the number in which a cunning criminal defense attorney, Billy Flynn, works the press as a chorus of puppets, dangling from strings, as they dance to his tune and parrot his words. That Donald Trump did that with much of the media is, aside from the result itself, one of the two most uncomfortable truths about the 2016…

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Tampa Bay Times’ Anthony Cormier leaving to work for BuzzFeed News

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Tampa Bay Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Anthony Cormier is leaving the paper to join BuzzFeed News in New York next month. Along with the Times’ Leonora LaPeter Anton and the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Michael Braga, Cormier shared in taking home the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on Florida’s unsafe system of state-run mental hospitals. The 2015 series uncovered nearly 1,000 assaults or injuries in mental hospitals during a period in which $100 million was slashed from the state’s mental health budget. That forced staffing…

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Donald Trump popularity rising post-election, new poll shows

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Since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump has become more popular with Americans, a new poll of registered voters shows. According to a survey conducted by POLITICO/Morning Consult Nov. 16-18, 45 percent of voters now have either a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Trump. Twelve percent say they have a somewhat unfavorable opinion and 34 percent have a very unfavorable opinion of the president-elect. Anna Palmer of POLITICO calls it a “dramatic uptick” since the election Nov. 8.…

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