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Samara Sodos returns to region as spokesperson for Port Tampa Bay

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Samara Sodos, a former news reporter at WFLA News Channel 8 for more than a decade, has returned to the community to become the new spokesperson for Port Tampa Bay.

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Issue of Confederate statue in Hillsborough just revving up

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Shortly after the Hillsborough County Commission concluded its board meeting this week without taking any action regarding the removal of a Confederate statute in front of the county’s courthouse, the group Save Southern Heritage Florida issued a press release boasting that this was due to its public pressure that the measure be dropped. “After press reports of this plans surfaced, SSH members and supporters were notified and the intense push back pre-empted his plans,” read a statement issued out by David McCallister, a spokesman…

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Local media figures dissect the 2016 presidential election at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club

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While some parts of America are ecstatic and others scared in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory earlier this month, most others are simply thankful the whole long, ugly, divisive campaign is history. Then there is the political class, who in opinion pieces and discussions on cable news, continue to chatter about what led to perhaps the biggest political upset in modern U.S. history. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted their debriefing of the election on Friday with four local reporters…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.9.16 — GOP dominance

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Where do you begin? One of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history, to start with, in Donald J. Trump beating Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States of America. Lots of analysis there, including about the Democratic nominee, who for the second time in eight years, thought she had the presidency in her grasp, only to lose out — forever. What about closer to home? Although Florida Democrats have had huge disappointments in 2010 and 2014…

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David Jolly campaign calls on TV stations to pull new DCCC ad linking him to Donald Trump

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The David Jolly campaign is crying foul over a new ad produced by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that links the Pinellas County Republican with Donald Trump. The Jolly camp calls it a “fake and deceptive television ad,” because it uses photoshopped photos of Jolly posed next to Trump. The Jolly camp says there are no actual photos between the two men because they have never met each other. “This ad is a new low, even for the DCCC and Charlie Crist,” said Sarah Bascom,…

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WFLA Channel 8 reporter sacrificed truth to advance career, lawsuit says

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A Hillsborough woman says she was defamed by two “completely false” television reports and has filed suit against Media General, owner of WFLA Channel 8, and one of its reporters. Erisan Seibert is also claiming that TV reporter Shannon Behnken invaded her privacy by, among other things, “intentionally and without authorization” intruding upon and invading her private living space. The defamation and privacy violations, Seibert says in the suit, shocked, traumatized and humiliated her. Seibert is seeking monetary damages for…

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Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez engage in ‘great debate’ over U.S. Cuba relations in Ybor City

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It was billed as “The Great Debate” with two of the most prominent Tampa residents on the issue of Cuba, Al Fox and Ralph Fernandez, duking it out on whether the United States should end the 54-year-old economic embargo against the Castro-led government. Hundreds jammed into the historic Centro Asturiano building in Ybor City for a 90-minute forum hosted by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Monday night, and judging by the laughs alone, were thoroughly entertained by these two passionate advocates when it comes to…

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