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Pinellas GOP lawmakers ‘have no respect for open government,’ Times editor says

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A top editor at the Tampa Bay Times fired back Wednesday after Pinellas legislators slammed the paper for calling them “Disciples of Darkness” because of transparency-related and public records measures passed this year. “I understand why they are not happy,” Tim Nickens, the Times editor of editorials, wrote in an email. “They have no respect for open government, and Florida voters have strongly supported open government for decades. They also do not like it when they are held accountable for their own voting records.’’…

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Joe Henderson: Dan Raulerson ‘certainly’ not backing down after saying everyone should be armed

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Dan Raulerson and I disagree on many things about policy but we always have done so amicably. I have found him to be thoughtful, principled and willing to listen to ideas other than his own. Raulerson represents Florida House District 58, which stretches from Plant City and eastern Hillsborough County into Temple Terrace. He is not generally prone to hyperbole. So, I was taken aback when Raulerson said that in light of the attack last week in Washington that wounded…

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Plant City House Republican Dan Raulerson wants everyone to own a gun

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The attempted assassination Wednesday morning of Louisiana Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in suburban Washington D.C. has shaken the nation. Certainly, lawmakers now realize how vulnerable they are to mentally unstable people with access to firearms who disagree with them politically. At Friday’s Tampa Tiger Bay Club, five members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation were asked their thoughts on what the shooting means for Floridians, and the nation. Plant City Republican House member Dan Raulerson said the answer was simple — everyone, especially lawmakers…

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A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry won by Dems

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Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry Thursday at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague. The game at Nationals Park carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and the players’ determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport. Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout.…

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Bernie Sanders says man ID’d as shooter was on campaign

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Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders says the man authorities identified as opening fire on the Republican congressional baseball practice had apparently volunteered on his presidential campaign. Sanders, of Vermont, says in a statement: “I am sickened by this despicable act.” He says that “violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.” He paid tribute to Capitol Police for their response to the shooting, and said his “hopes and prayers” are…

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Law enforcement identifies congressional baseball shooter

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Law enforcement officials have identified the shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois. The Washington Post reports that Hodgkinson, 66, owns a home inspection business. Records show his home inspection license expired November 2016 and was not renewed. St. Clair County, Illinois records show that in April 2006, Hodgkinson was charged with battery and aiding damage to a motor vehicle. Charges were dismissed. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a congressional…

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Dennis Ross is on GOP congressional baseball team, but wasn’t at practice where shots were fired

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Polk County Congressman Dennis Ross is one of four members of the Florida GOP delegation on the baseball team attacked by a gunman Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, but he wasn’t at today’s practice. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, and multiple congressional aides were also hit by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a GOP baseball practice. Scalise is reported to be in stable condition. Five people were “transported medically” from the scene, Alexandria Police Chief…

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