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Florida Democrats express outrage, Republicans concern, over possible exit from Paris climate accord

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Florida Democrats slammed the anticipated announcement by President Donald Trump that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, while several Florida Republicans urged Trump to keep America in the agreement. Members of Congress and other political leaders were reacting late Tuesday and Wednesday to reports that Trump intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which all member countries except Syria and Nicaragua signed, to set goals…

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For a love of Florida, Gwen Graham launches bid for governor

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Declaring a love for Florida and its people, as well as outrage over Tallahassee’s lack of emphasis on public education and the environment, Democrat Gwen Graham is running for governor. In an announcement in Miami Gardens Tuesday morning, Graham, a former congresswoman and the daughter of former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, promised that she would end high-stakes testing, work for an increased minimum wage and paid sick leave for Floridians, and take immediate and vigorous steps to protect the…

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Charlie Crist announcement fractures local Republican Party

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Noah Pransky reports: The fallout from Gov. Charlie Crist’s no-party U.S. Senate run is already taking it’s toll on the local Republican Party. As the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) encourages members to take a loyalty oath, a number of pro-Crist Republicans have changed their official party registration from Republican to either Independent or Democrat. They include former St. Pete mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, who registered as an Independent on Wednesday. “While I agreed with some of the things the party stood for, not all…

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Is this Tiger Bay announcement just a little too over the top, even for its standards?

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Yesterday, I received this reminder of Tiger Bay’s program on May 28, when St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon steps into the Tiger’s Den: The City of St. Petersburg has plenty of the former these days, but what of the latter? Military-style assault weapons freely accessible by common criminals, open season on convenience store owners, young children in their homes losing their innocent lives, drug and prostitution deals happening openly on the streets. While every economic downturn in history has…

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National reaction to Charlie Crist announcement

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Preliminary reaction to Charlie Crist’s announcement has been generally positive. C. Science Monitor: Crist may represent the GOP’s best chance for keeping it red. Even if Crist crossed party lines last February to endorse President Obama’s stimulus package. CNN: The senator from Texas and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday reeled in a big catch as popular Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Huffington Post: Popular GOP Gov. Charlie Crist is passing on an easy re-election bid and…

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