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At Tampa Tiger Bay, advocates push for restoring felon voting rights

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This summer, the Tampa Tiger Bay Club has bypassed its normal practice of asking politicians to come into its den. Instead, the civic-minded organization has invited speakers to discuss some of the pressing issues facing Florida. This has often led to advocates and critics of an issue dueling it out during Tiger Bay forums. Not on this Friday, when the only disagreement among the panelists was the application of a proposed constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for ex-felons.…

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Charlie Crist gives props to Terry McAuliffe for surpassing his record on restoring voting rights

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he had broken the record for restoring voting rights to convicted felons, calling it his “proudest achievement” as governor. And Charlie Crist is leading the cheers applauding the move. McAuliffe boasted Thursday he had individually restored rights to 156,221 Virginians, surpassing the previous record-holder — Crist — by a nose. As governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, Crist restored voting rights to 155,315 felons, according to figures that McAuliffe’s office obtained from Florida. “I applaud Governor McAuliffe’s…

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Florida Young Democrats to hold annual meeting in Tampa next month

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Florida Young Democrats will hold their annual convention in Ybor City, just outside downtown Tampa, on May 19-21. Speakers and panelists include Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, Winter Park State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, former State Rep. Ed Narain, felon rights restoration activist Desmond Meade, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp. Training sessions will cover transit initiatives in the Tampa Bay region, criminal justice reform, how to connect with newly activated…

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Alan Grayson proposes legislation that would restore voting rights to ex-felons

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Noting how Florida leads the nation in barring ex-felons from regaining their right to vote, Orlando area Congressman and Democratic Senate candidate Alan Grayson announced legislation on Thursday that would reinstate voting rights to those Americans who have been shut out of the political process. “We lead the nation in voter disenfranchisement,” Grayson said in a conference call with reporters, referring to the fact that of the 5.8 million people in America who cannot exercise their right to vote because of a previous felony conviction,…

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Why Florida LWV isn’t working on the restoration of ex-felons voting rights amendment

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Florida is one of only three states left in the country that takes away ex-felons’ voting rights for life. More than 1.6 million Floridians cannot vote, hold office or serve on a jury, according to The Sentencing Project, a prison-reform group. Democrats in the Florida Legislature have railed for years against what they call this injustice, but have nothing to show for their efforts. Things did change in 2007, when the clemency board under then Gov. Charlie Crist began to automatically…

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