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Kathy Castor likes Democrats new ‘A Better Deal’ slogan, agenda

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The Democratic Party unveiled its new economic plan Monday, which includes the tagline: “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.” Despite some on Twitter mocking the slogan as sounding a little too much like a Papa John’s ad, Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor digs it.

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District 6 candidates discuss housing and homelessness during LWV debate

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Affordable housing has become one of the hottest issues in St. Petersburg politics as was evidenced Monday night when the topic was front and center during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. At Monday night’s forum, all eight candidates running in the District 6 race spoke out on the issue, as well as homelessness, economic development, the Pier, campaign finance, sustainability and other traditional fare heard at every council debate to date.

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Kathy Castor vows Cuba-Tampa Bay engagement will continue, despite Donald Trump’s rollback

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President Donald Trump told a crowd in Miami Friday he was keeping a campaign promise to roll back the “terrible and misleading deal” the Obama administration made with the Castro government in Cuba in 2014. Two hours later, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor told reporters that the work of engaging the Tampa Bay area and the communist island will continue. “I think President Trump’s new policy is regrettable and it takes us backward, because what it will do will really complicate our neighbor’s ability to…

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Kathy Castor: Investigations on Russia, Trump administration are ‘cloud’ over D.C.

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While there are many things both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill want to accomplish, Kathy Castor laments the business of Congress has slowed considerably by what she calls a “cloud” over the Trump administration’s possible collusion with Russia during last year’s election. “What an atmosphere it is,” the Tampa Democratic congresswoman said in opening remarks at the Oxford Exchange Friday morning. “I hope we can remove this cloud. The economy is better. People are generally hopeful, they want America…

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Robocalls target Hillsborough School Board’s April Griffin — more than a year before elections

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On Memorial Day, April Griffin awoke to a barrage of calls and texts from friends. The Hillsborough County School Board member learned she was the subject of a negative robocall from a group calling itself “Citizens for Fairness and Equity.” Griffin initially described the call on her Facebook page as comparing her to “being like President Trump, supporting charter schools, and had racial undertones because it talked about me winning (taking away) an election for the chairmanship over the only black board member.”…

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Say hello to Jay Fant, first major Attorney General candidate for 2018

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Jay Fant has only been in the Legislature for three years, but based on his experience as a Jacksonville attorney, he believes he’s as qualified as anyone to become Florida’s next Attorney General. On Tuesday, the Florida House Republican from Jacksonville visited Tampa as part of a four-day statewide blitz to begin his candidacy, starting the campaign tour less than 12 hours after the Florida Legislature commenced its 2017 Regular Session. Speaking with FloridaPolitics.com at Sheltair Aviation, just north of the International…

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Al Fox celebrated for his work on Cuba

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There is perhaps no greater moment reflective of how far the Tampa business and political establishment has come in terms of embracing relations with Cuba than the reaction to then Mayor Dick Greco’s surprise visit to the communist island in the summer of 2002. “In my opinion, it was his finest hour,” recalled Al Fox, speaking on Friday night at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. It was Fox, through his Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, that helped negotiate the historic meeting…

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