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Rape kits delayed is justice denied, Part 5: Westeros edition

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In Westeros, rape is the sport of kings and a pastime for peasants. Game of Thrones-watchers have been moved to anger, angst and apoplexy over the steady stream of sexually-based offenses inflicted upon women in the Seven Kingdoms. This is a puzzlement to Sophie Turner, who made her acting debut at age 13 as the highborn, ill-fated Sansa Stark in HBO’s mash-up of Middle Earth and the Middle Ages. 

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‘Pragmatic’ civil engineer Randy Cooper vies for HD 71 seat

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Randy Cooper likes to think of himself as a pragmatist. The 60-year-old Democrat is one of three candidates running to succeed Republican Jim Boyd in Florida House District 71, which encompasses much of Manatee County and a bit of North Sarasota County. He says his political philosophy could be labeled “practical and pragmatic,” and says the main impetus compelling him to run for office is his belief that the Legislature is not listening to the voters. “If public schools aren’t doing…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — You gotta know when to fold ’em

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Talk about being “busted.” A Tallahassee attorney who fronted “large sums of money” to a professional poker player is suing after the player lost over $22,000 of that bankroll in unauthorized side gambling, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

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Report: Richard Corcoran’s Watchdog PAC hires Jamestown Associates

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran appears to be growing his political team, despite staying tight-lipped about his 2018 plans. The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that Watchdog PAC, the Land O’Lakes Republican’s political committee, has hired Jamestown Associates.

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Bill Nelson campaign says it raised more than $2.1 mil in Q2

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Sen. Bill Nelson brought in another $2 million during the second quarter of 2017. The Orlando Democrat’s campaign announced Wednesday it will report raising more than $2.1 million between April 1 and June 30. The $2.13 million haul, according to the campaign, comes on top of raising nearly $2.1 million during the first three months of the year.

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Florida GOP’s second quarter fundraising one of worst efforts in two decades

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The Republican Party of Florida raised nearly $339,000 in the second quarter of 2017, marking one of the lowest quarterly fundraising hauls in more than two decades. State records show the Republican Party of Florida raised $338,942 between April 1 and June 30. The fundraising period covered a portion of the 2017 Legislative Session and a three-day special session, during which state lawmakers are prohibited from raising money.

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Tampa Bay officials criticize Legislature for failing to tackle opioid epidemic

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A health official in Tampa on Monday said he hopes lawmakers don’t cut state funding just because the feds kicked in $1 billion to fight the opioid epidemic gripping the country. Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act during its lame duck session, which includes the billion dollars toward anti-opioid efforts.

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