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Hillsborough County Young Democrats discuss and criticize Tampa’s Citizen Review Board

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With Mayor Bob Buckhorn naming his selections to the Tampa citizen police review board (CRB) earlier this week, the City Council needs to select its four members before the new agency meets for the first time in December. Don’t think, however, that the activists who pushed for its creation in the first place are at all satisfied with the model that city leaders have produced. Tuesday night at CoWork Ybor on Seventh Avenue, two members from Tampa for Justice, the group formed…

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In St. Pete, Dwight Dudley and Eric Lynn vow to live on minimum wages for a week

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Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley and CD 13 candidate Eric Lynn announced at a press conference outside of a McDonald’s in north St. Petersburg on Monday that they will live on minimum wages for the duration of this week, to show their support for workers striving to get the minimum wage raised to $15 an hour. Last week, a total of 18 Democrats in the Legislature announced they would take the “Minimum Wage  Challenge.” Two other local lawmakers said to be…

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Tampa Expressway Authority awarded first phase of funding for connected vehicle pilot program

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Earlier this year, a national organization rated the Tampa Bay area  as 11th  in the nation for traffic congestion. Obviously, the region has problems with traffic, which is perhaps why St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes called it a “game-changer” today in describing what could be a $17 million contract that the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct what is known as a “Connected Vehicle” pilot program. It’s designed to make transportation safer, smarter and more energy efficient…

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AT&T shows charitable side with $22.5K donation to United Way Suncoast

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Telecommunications giant AT&T showed its charitable side in Tampa Bay on Friday with a donation to United Way Suncoast. The check for $22,500 is part of an overall $5.17 million given in 2015 to 550 local United Ways across the country from the AT&T Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.  AT&T employs more than 15,000 people in Florida. United Way Suncoast CEO Suzanne McCormick welcomed the AT&T contribution, which will support programs that create long-lasting change in the four-county region of DeSoto,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.3.15 — The DNC’s non-debate strategy

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There’s excitement in some quarters this week as it now appears that Carly Fiorina will appear in the second Republican presidential debate taking place in 13 days in Los Angeles (OK, Simi Valley, officially). Meanwhile, we’re still more than five weeks away before the first Democratic presidential debate — and why is that? While some may say that the reason Martin O’Malley is making such an issue out of the paucity of announced forums that might help him climb over two percent in the…

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Ed Narain among local officials supporting SEIU Fight for $15 campaign for child care workers

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The nationwide campaign to raise the wages of fast-food workers to $15 an hour is now incorporating that effort to include child care workers. The effort nationally and in Florida is being led by the Service Employees International Union. “We have to share the story to create a groundwell,” said Monica Russo, the president of SEIU Florida State Council, and executive vice president of 1199 SEIU. “We’re not going to get $15 and a union unless we fight for $15!…

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Tampa City Council moves forward on creating civilian police review board

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The Tampa City Council today moved ahead toward the creation of a citizens police review board, but what that agency will ultimately look like and who will appoint its members has yet to be determined. The Council approved a motion brought forward by Councilman Mike Suarez that will have the city’s legal department review whether the Council can create such an advisory committee, and if so, can it be a hybrid review committee, with the powers to do so under the City Charter. “An…

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