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Donald Trump blames Democrats for health bill’s failure

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The Latest on an effort in Congress to pass a health care bill (all times local): 4:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats. Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was canceled. Trump told reporters “we were very close” and tried to blame Democrats, through Republicans control both…

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Deborah Clark sets tentative schedule for mail ballots in municipal elections

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has set a tentative schedule for mail ballots in the March 14 municipal elections. Ballot mailings are tentatively planned for registered voters residing in: Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island. Mail ballots are tentatively scheduled to be sent Jan. 27 to absent military and overseas voters who have requested ballots by that date. State law requires…

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Report says Florida’s voting ban disenfranchise 1.6 million

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A new report says no state disenfranchises more of its citizens than Florida, due to its voting ban for people with past felony convictions. The report released last week by the Brennan Center for Justice says 1.6 million people have lost their right to vote in Florida. The report also says one-fifth of African-American adults in Florida have lost their right to vote. Floridians with felonies on their record can only get their voting rights restored, after waiting five to…

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PSTA offers free rides to the polls

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will provide free rides to polling places on Election Day Tuesday. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., registered voters can get a free round trip ride on any PSTA bus or trolley by showing a valid Pinellas voter information card upon boarding. “Our residents have a lot of important decisions to make on Election Day and finding a ride to the polls should not have to be one of them,” PSTA CEO Brad Miller said. This…

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St. Pete Chamber makes voting a social activity

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The concept is simple: Get together with business associates for lunch. But, instead of heading back to the office after eating, head to the polls together. That’s the agenda for Thursday’s “Startup & Vote” event. The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has invited technical startup companies to come lunch in Williams Park — food trucks will be there for the event. When everyone has finished noshing and mingling, the group will walk the block or so to the Pinellas Supervisor…

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Actress Eva Longoria Bastón says Hillary Clinton ‘will defend and unite us all’

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Actress Eva Longoria Bastón appeared in Orlando Friday to help mobilize and energize the vote for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. At a packed office at 9 a.m. Friday, full of a diverse crowd of young and old, black and white and Hispanic Clinton supporters, Longoria Bastón made her case – Clinton was the clear best choice for president, especially when talking about which candidate will represent the people and help unite the country. Longoria Bastón was animated, jovial and…

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One day left to register to vote for general election

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With one day still left to register for the Nov. 8 election, mail ballots have started returning to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office. As of Monday morning, 6,187 mail ballots had been returned. Of those, 2,522 were from Democratic voters and 2,418 were from Republicans. The remaining 1,247 were from voters with no party affiliation or who are registered to a third party. Thus far, Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has sent out a total of 273,398 mail-in ballots.…

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