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Hundreds gather in Tampa for March on Climate

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Hundreds gathered in downtown Tampa Saturday morning to protest the Trump administration’s stance on climate change. A similar scene was duplicated in twenty other cities around Florida, with hundreds more across the nation. “We know that climate change is happening. That’s why we’re here today,” said Dana Lazarus, the climate change organizer for Organize Now, as she kicked off the event at Lykes Gaslight Park. “And we cannot let climate change deniers keep us from saving our planet and our city, right? Because…

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Charlie Crist gives a thumbs down to GOP health care replacement for the ACA

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In recent weeks, Charlie Crist has heard loud and clear from constituents that he should stand behind the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, the St. Petersburg Republican registered his strong opposition to the Republican House replacement for the ACA that Democrats say will result in over 10 million Americans to lose their health care coverage. “The plan Republicans have put forward falls far short of current law — driving up health care costs, stripping away important protections, and leaving millions without coverage,” Crist said. “Even…

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Kathy Castor says Rick Scott is spreading misleading and inaccurate information about the ACA

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U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says that a letter that Governor Rick Scott recently sent to House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy regarding the Affordable Care Act contains “misleading and inaccurate information.” The two Florida politicians have always been on opposing sides regarding President Obama’s signature domestic achievement. As a former health care executive, Scott was criticizing what is often called “ObamaCare” before he ever ran for governor, while Castor has been a champion of the law since it was signed into law in 2010. “For far too long, it has been fashionable in…

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Pam Bondi announces website to spread awareness of human trafficking in Florida

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Since beginning her tenure as Attorney General six years ago, Pam Bondi has made the combating of human trafficking in the state one of her signature issues. Appearing at Tampa International Airport on Friday morning, Bondi announced the partnership with the airport to encourage travelers to spot human trafficking and report suspicious activity. They can do so by going to a new website, YouCanStopHT.com. “Thousands of people walk through our airport every single day,” Bondi said. “Partnering with the airport gives us a unique opportunity to spread…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.5.17 – Poll says voters want Dems like Bill Nelson to fight Donald Trump when necessary

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We’ve heard from several Florida Democrats (such as Kathy Castor and Charlie Crist) that, when appropriate, they look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump once he takes office later this month. The question for them and other Democrats concerned about their own poll numbers as well as what’s good for the country is where and when they decide to go along with Trump and, more likely, when do they oppose him. On a conference call yesterday, the folks with the Center for American Progress provided the details…

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Go-ahead given for deepening Port Everglades

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been given the green light to move forward with a plan to deepen and widen Port Everglades. Port officials said Thursday that the corps can move ahead with the project now that President Obama signed into the law last week the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The project will deepen the port’s navigational channel to 48 feet from 42 feet and widen the entrance so that cargo ships can get past…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.7.16 – The Hillsborough County DEC melts down

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“Image is everything” that great philosopher, Andre Agassi, once said in a series of television ads for Canon in the early 1990’s. Though a bit of an exaggeration, there’s no question that the image of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee has taken a significant body blow following its reorganization meeting on Monday night. To recap: Party Chair Ione Townsend concluded that the party’s by-laws precluded Democrats elected to nonpartisan positions from voting in the local DEC elections. The upshot was that the local party, in effect, “disenfranchised” some of the…

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