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Florida GOP to convene in Tampa this weekend

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Hundreds of members of the Republican Party of Florida will convene this Friday and Saturday in Tampa for the party’s summer quarterly meeting. “We are looking forward to our next quarterly meeting, and our next chance to bring Republicans from all over the state together,” Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said. “We have planned a program that will engage the grassroots army and train our activists to be key leaders in our efforts throughout the state, from the Panhandle…

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Jeb Bush calls courtship of minority voters integral to campaign

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Following his own advice, Jeb Bush is taking his presidential campaign to the neighborhoods and churches where Hispanics and African-Americans live and worship in an effort to broaden his appeal among minority voters. The former Florida governor was in the central part of the state earlier this week, speaking to a diverse group of 150 pastors and other religious leaders, repeating his oft-stated pledge to campaign in “every nook and cranny” of the country. On Friday, he’ll be one of…

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St. Pete welcomes Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. to Midtown

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman plans to spend his Friday morning celebrating the new Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. The new organization aims to offer resources, partnering opportunities and even loans to businesses owned and operated by African-American business leaders. The focus is on historically underserved markets. That would include two areas the city has recently been focusing revitalization efforts on – Midtown and Child’s Park. The Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. officially opens at 1123 22 Street…

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Analysis: What’s up with Florida’s Hispanic vote?

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As Florida’s fastest growing demographic, the Hispanic vote is often the start – and end – of just about every discussion about politics in the Sunshine State. No matter how crucial that electorate is, strategist Steve Schale cautions that Hispanics are not a “silver bullet,” especially for Democrats. Schale’s latest blog post is the first of a series examining Florida’s “key voting blocs” in the lead-up to a potential “barnburner presidential contest.” For Schale, choosing Hispanics first was a no-brainer;…

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Governor reforms prisons with executive order

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Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday cracking down on the violent culture within Florida’s prison system. The order includes provisions addressing safety, transparency and holding guards, wardens and Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones accountable. Newspaper investigations have detailed a series of unexplained inmates deaths, allegations of retaliation against whistle blowers and reports of guards targeting African-American inmates. Scott directed Jones to implement a series of policies including: Requiring each employee who applies physical force upon an inmate…

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St. Petersburg Times editorial board riles judicial candidates by grouping endorsement interviews

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It must be really, really hard working as an editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times.  Imagine the difficult of having to collaborate with five or six other people (none of whom are African-American, by the way, for those of you keeping score at home.  The Times makes such a big deal about diversity, yet it’s own editorial board is lily white now that Bill Maxwell has retired) to pen not just one, but two, sometimes three editorials.  Three editorials!  That’s like,…

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USA Today’s Page: Kendrick Meek can’t win Florida because he’s African-American

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Somewhere in Tallahassee, Steve Schale must be laughing. On last night’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, USA Today‘s Susan Page listed a number of reasons she thinks Kendrick Meek is a “weak” U.S. Senate candidate in Florida including the fact that he’s…an African-American. He’s an African-American. We know it’s hard — although not impossible — for African-Americans to win statewide. Except, you know, the last time an African-American was on the ballot…in 2008. So, no it’s not impossible.…

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