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Official: Hurricane Maria set Puerto Rico back decades

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Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress said Sunday that Hurricane Maria’s destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.

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Uber’s final frontier: Upstate New York

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Brian Cook‘s trip to Buffalo to cheer on Princeton’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament was, for him, a journey back to a simpler time, when hailing a ride meant standing on a corner and waving your hands to flag down a taxi. “For a 19-year-old, that’s unknown,” said Cook, who flew in from Chicago to see his brother play in Princeton’s first-round game against Notre Dame. “I take Uber everywhere, always.” Upstate New York, essentially everything outside of the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.5.16 – Bernie Sanders says the DNC’s platform still needs work

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The Democratic Party platform’s most recent draft was published Friday, and is ready for your reading enjoyment, before it’s reviewed and ultimately approved this coming weekend in Orlando. With Bernie Sanders‘ only leverage these days to exert as much of his influence as possible on this hallowed document, it is instructive to learn the Bernster thinks it’s a good start but needs more work, according to a piece he wrote on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s website Sunday. On the issue of the…

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Rick Scott takes Manhattan next week

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New York City is now in Gov. Rick Scott‘s crosshairs as the next place to plunder for jobs to bring to the Sunshine State. Scott’s office on Thursday announced the Republican governor would embark on another “domestic economic development mission” to The City So Nice They Named it Twice from Oct. 6-8. He’ll be enticing financial institutions, hedge funds and other businesses to move to or expand in Florida. The latest trip follows his tactic of visiting states with Democratic…

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As Democrats fret over ‘sharing economy,’ GOP moves in

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The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new “sharing” economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry. In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state’s more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo. The…

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Dwight Dudley leads call for $15 minimum wage in Florida at St. Pete rally

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The years-long “Fight for $15” for fast-food workers received a huge boost earlier this week after New York officials recommended lifting pay for thousands of fast-food workers throughout the state.  Meanwhile, here in Florida, Miami Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard filed a bill (SB 6) this week that would raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. In St. Petersburg, about 20 activists gathered in front of City Hall to seize on the momentum from the New York announcement to call…

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Tampa Chamber of Commerce positioning Tampa Bay to prosper with post-sanction Cuba

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Last week, a delegation of Tampa area officials visited Cuba in a trip organized by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. It was the third excursion to the Communist island led by the Chamber in the past few years, but it was “certainly the most productive and most historic,” says Ronald Christaldi, a partner with the Tampa law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP and chair of the Tampa Chamber. Christaldi and a handful of other officials who were part of the delegation spoke about their hopes…

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