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The Shame of Florida: Options on the felon vote

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(Part two of two) In the first part of this article, I focused on the origins of the felon vote in Florida and the consequences it creates for both those convicted of a felony and on the Florida taxpayers. This part will focus on the various options concerning the felon vote. We know that over a quarter of all voters who have lost the franchise due to a felony conviction reside in Florida. We know that over 10 percent of…

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The Shame of Florida: How Florida’s felon vote is ruining lives and costing taxpayers

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(First of two parts) Over a half-century ago, CBS News and journalist Edward R. Murrow aired a documentary about Florida’s migrant farmworkers called “Harvest of Shame.” Murrow documented the long hours and low wages of the migrant farmers, along with the poor health care, housing and education for the migrant families. A similar documentary could be done today focusing on the shame of Florida’s criminal justice policies that makes many crimes felonies that other states consider misdemeanors. As a result…

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In St. Petersburg, Dan Rather says it’s ‘gut-check time’ for the press in the Trump era

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Count Dan Rather as among those political commentators who describe the rise of Donald Trump as being part of the “post-truth” political era. “What I mean by that is that heretofore it’s been taken as a given and was a fact that truth counted for something,” the iconic reporter/news anchor told a packed audience last Friday night at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. “Which is to say that if the candidate told an untruth, he or she would be held accountable.” Several hundred people paid $100 to hear…

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St. Pete nonprofit to host major global journalism convention

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A local nonprofit that frequently hosts journalists from all over the world has been selected to lead this year’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The seven-day event will host 100 journalists from more than 80 countries. World Partnerships, Inc. is a St. Pete-based nonprofit that partners with the U.S. Department of State to facilitate meetings between professionals abroad and those in the United States. Its International Visitor Leadership Program has been considered the United States’ most prestigious professional exchange program since 2000.…

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Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

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The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on the sands of a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub. And in almost every frame, a dapper American man with a salt-and-pepper mustache and a raven-haired woman with the arched eyebrows of a 1950s movie star — Chester’s father and mother…

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