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Marco Rubio wimps out on town halls. Are we surprised?

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As we saw during the last campaign, Marco Rubio can be awfully good at not showing up. His latest no-show has nothing to do with his attendance in the U.S. Senate, though. Now, he doesn’t want to show up at town hall meetings because people might be rude. “They’re not town halls anymore, and I wish they were because I enjoy that process very much, going back to my time as speaker of the house. I hosted over a hundred…

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Gus Bilirakis holding third health care town hall in Wesley Chapel

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Tampa Bay Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host another public listening session on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday in Wesley Chapel. During the two-hour event, Bilirakis said he would take feedback and ideas from constituents about the direction of the U.S. health care system, including the repeal and replacement of the ACA. The six-term congressman has held similar sessions in Palm Harbor and New Port Richey this month, both of which packed with supporters of the health care…

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Kathy Castor calls some of Donald Trump’s actions ‘beneath the dignity of the office’

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It’s less than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, but Congresswoman Kathy Castor is not impressed so far, describing some of his actions and demeanor “beneath the dignity of the office.” “President Trump is simply unprecedented,” the Tampa Democrat said to reporters following a news conference held at the USF College of Nursing George & Marian Miller Center for Virtual Learning. “His actions and demeanor are really beneath the dignity of the office. And I worry about young people and kids seeing that as an example of…

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Charlie Crist may be likable, but how soon before he eyes a new gig?

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One of Charlie Crist’s best traits is his likability. He can be a candle-in-the-wind on issues, depending on his audience. Changing parties infuriated Republicans and made Democrats skeptical. And once he gets a job, he tends to get wandering eyes for his next gig. But damn, he is a really nice guy. Despite his baggage, people like him and a lot of them vote for him. That’s one reason he rose above the political tsunami that swamped Democrats nationwide and…

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Pasco GOP official in trouble after social media posts go national

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Pasco County Republican Executive Committee Secretary Bill Akins is under fire  after a story about his history of pushing out racist jokes and conspiracy theories on social media was published Sunday by the Washington Post. The reason that the previously little-known local Republican even earned the interest of the Post was because of what happened on Saturday at Congressman Gus Bilirakis raucous town hall meeting in New Port Richey. That’s where Akins told a crowd of mostly supporters of the Affordable Care Act that it was a fact…

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At heated town hall, Gus Bilirakis once again hears overwhelming sentiment to improve — not repeal — the Affordable Care Act

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For the second consecutive Saturday, Tampa Bay U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis waded into a lion’s den of sorts, hosting a town-hall meeting that was dominated by those pleading with him to vote to improve — but not replace — the Affordable Care Act. As hundreds crammed into the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey (with at least another hundred listening to the meeting via an audio transmission outside the chambers), the atmosphere was at times raucous and rude, although the audience was overwhelmingly…

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Video: Gus Bilirakis hears (loudly) about the Affordable Care Act at town hall meeting

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In the summer of 2009, Democrats heard angrily from Tea Party members about the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama ultimately signed into law in 2010. Eight years later, it appears Republicans are facing similar heat at their town halls when it comes to repealing the ACA. Saturday morning in Palm Harbor, Congressman Gus Bilirakis heard clearly (and loudly) from some voters that the GOP better act very carefully regarding the potential of taking people’s health care away. Many in the audience…

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