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Activists express concern about transparency of Tampa CRC meeting Wednesday

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Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) stops in Tampa Wednesday for public comments on potential changes to the state Constitution. However, progressive groups are once again calling upon the Rules Working Group to improve what they say is a lack of transparency in how the CRC conducts these meetings. The Constitution Revision Commission is a group of 37 people appointed to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years, the Commission examines the Florida Constitution, holds public hearings and recommend…

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Major labor union endorses Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council

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In the battle of endorsements in the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 race, Barclay Harless has nabbed a big one, receiving the backing of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor (WCFFL/AFL-CIO) on Wednesday. “We have proudly endorsed Barclay Harless based on his record of community advocacy, his stance for fair / living wages and his strong record of supporting working families,” said Cheryl Schroeder, WCFFL’s Executive Director. “St. Petersburg needs a leader who will fight for our city to benefit its…

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Advocates call on Legislature to focus on working Floridians during annual ‘Awake the State’ event

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State lawmakers aren’t looking out for everyday Floridians, an advocate for one of the state’s largest labor unions said Tuesday. “In 2010, Rick Scott said ‘let’s get to work.’ In 2014, he said ‘let’s keep working,’” said Rich Templin, the legislative and political director for the Florida AFL-CIO. “The problem is, Florida is not working for most of our families and nobody in the building is fighting for them.” Templin was one of several advocates who spoke out during the…

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Democratic-leaning For Our Future sees bright spot with get-out-the-vote effort in Florida

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Republicans may have a slight advantage in voter turnout so far through mail-voting and early voting, but a coalition of get-out-the-vote groups led by For Our Future said a deep-dive look at the numbers has them encouraged. In particular, progressive campaigners are hyping their greater success in getting sporadic voters — those who probably can’t be counted on to vote — to vote. The issue is whether the across-the-board increases in early voting in Florida means new and additional voters, or simply…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.14.16 – Mission creep in Yemen?

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The real news is out there — you just have to search for it. While the increasingly dysfunctional presidential election grips/horrifies the nation, there are things happening in the world that U.S. citizens should be aware of — such as our involvement in Yemen. On Thursday, the U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes to knock out three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi forces, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer. Now some might…

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AFL-CIO sends out anti-Donald Trump mailers in Florida

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The AFL-CIO is dropping 67,051 direct mail pieces to union households across Florida this week attacking Donald Trump. The mailers blast Trump for not hiring local workers at his Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Since 2010, nearly 300 U.S. residents applied or were referred for jobs at Mar-A-Lago, but only 17 were hired, The New York Times reported in February. Concurrently, Mar-A-Lago sought more than 500 visas for foreign workers. PolitiFact reported documents the resort later filed with the Labor Department…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.21.16 – Can Ban Ki-Moon get enough buy-in to deny a President Trump the opportunity to renounce the Paris agreement?

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The New Yorker magazine has a story this week on what a President Donald J. Trump would do if elected in November. Writer Evan Osnos reports that Trump’s advisers are weighing several options for the “First Day Project” – where he would spend hours on inauguration day next January signing papers that “erases the Obama Presidency,” in the words of Stephen Moore. “We want to identify maybe twenty-five executive orders that Trump could sign literally the first day in office.” Among the executive orders being contemplated…

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