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Democratic power roster to help re-elect Gwen Graham with June 30 Tampa fundraiser

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More than a few high-profile Tampa Bay Democrats will be joining Gwen Graham for a major fundraiser next week to help her re-election effort in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The $250-per-person reception will be Tuesday, June 30, beginning 5:30 p.m. at the home of former Democratic state Sen. Pat Frank, who now serves as Hillsborough County Clerk, at 3108 Agawan Street in Tampa. Event hosts include a power roster of the region’s leading Democrats, both current and former lawmakers as…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.17.15 — When basketball evolves into ‘The Beautiful Game’

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I’m a bit bleary-eyed today, having stayed up until the wee hours this morning to listen to members of the Golden State Warriors discussing this special moment in their lives, after they won their first National Basketball Association championship in 40 years against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. And yes, I am ecstatic about it all. The Warriors have been my team my whole life, though to be honest there were excursions — I became a huge fan of the Larry…

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Gov. Scott signs bill for law officers to improve response to those suffering a diabetic emergency

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed HB 201, a bill sponsored by Tampa Democratic state Rep. Ed Narain that extends education to law enforcement officers and improve response to those suffering a diabetic emergency. Also known as the “Arthur Green Jr. Act,” the law is named after the late Arthur Green Jr., a longtime Tampa resident and community activist who was stopped by Tampa Police after driving erratically on North Central Avenue in Seminole Heights on the afternoon of April 16, 2014.  Green had swerved into oncoming…

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Where fundraising races stand in Tampa Bay area 2016 legislative contests

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Voting in Florida state races is now just under 18 months away, with a June special session and the 2016 Regular Session thrown in for good measure. Nevertheless, political campaigns statewide are starting to gear up, as the campaign cash begins to flow in earnest. Here’s where things stand through April 30 in fundraising races across the Tampa Bay region, according to the Florida Division of Elections’ website: Senate District 17 State Sen. John Legg, who has been raising money for…

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Democrats blast Steve Crisafulli’s decision to end Florida House session 3 days early

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Although the budget impasse between the Legislature that led Speaker Steve Crisafulli to dismiss the House this afternoon illustrates the enmity between Republicans in the House & Senate, Democrats who have been advocating for the state to expand Medicaid coverage are happy to bash Crisafulli. “Today, the House leadership and the majority party failed Floridians,” said New Port Richey Democratic state Rep. Amanda Murphy. “As elected officials, we have one constitutionally required obligation: to pass a balanced budget. Leadership today unilaterally…

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Bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons during emergencies going to governor

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Legislation that would allow Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a permit during certain emergency situations passed in the Florida House today, and will soon go to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for him to sign. Sponsored by Fort Myers Republican Heather Fitzenhagan, HB 290 is similar but with some tweaks from the bill sponsored last year by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes, which faced opposition from the Florida Sheriffs Association and moderate Republicans like Jack Latvala. But this year both Latvala and the…

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