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David Jolly presents flag at Ray Neri’s memorial service

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Wednesday presented an American flag to Laura Neri, the widow of community activist Ray Neri, who died Jan. 3. The flag was one that U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis had had flown over the Capitol especially for Mrs. Neri. “Ray Neri was a special person,” Jolly said. “Ray touched peoples’ lives.” Jolly was only one of many of Pinellas’ political leaders who came to Neri’s memorial service. Others included Pinellas County commissioners  Pat Gerard, Karen…

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Gus Bilirakis named to key house health-care panel

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has been appointed to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, a key congressional panel with jurisdiction over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, as well as oversight of medical research and public health issues. “I’m honored to have been selected to serve on this important subcommittee, where I will be working with my colleagues to solve the biggest problems facing our nation’s health care system,” said Bilirakis, a Tarpon Springs Republican. “I…

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Gus Bilirakis celebrates Tarpon Springs Epiphany commemoration with video greeting

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As Greek Orthodox Christians gather around the world in celebration, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis shared a video tribute to honor annual Epiphany commemoration and cross dive. Bilirakis, himself a Greek Orthodox Christian, represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes Tarpon Springs, the location of the largest Epiphany gathering in the Western Hemisphere. Below is the text of Bilirakis’ message, which is also available online. “Good afternoon, today is Epiphany Day, Jan. 6.  We have a large celebration, the biggest celebration of…

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Gus Bilirakis makes impressive appearance on Political Connections

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Sunday morning, I had a chance to catch Gus Bilirakis on the weekly Bay News 9 Political Connections digest. The Tarpon Springs Republican, chatting with host Al Ruechel, touched on what I would easily say is his most significant issues, including problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, co-sponsoring the 21st Century Cures Act, and his vision for 2017. During the eight-minute segment, viewers could catch a glimpse of three key moments. “This shouldn’t happen—it’s just an awful thing,” Bilirakis…

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After dead veteran scandal, someone needs to say ‘you’re fired’ at Bay Pines VA

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I was about to muse aloud why someone hasn’t been fired yet from the Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Health Care System when this statement came in from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents the district where the facility is located. “Unsurprisingly, not a single VA employee has been fired following this incident, despite a clear lack of concern and respect for the Veteran. The men and women who sacrificed on behalf of our nation deserve better.” Yep. Unsurprising. That is…

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On House floor, Gus Bilirakis honors Tuskegee Airman from Pinellas

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday to honor the life and service of Tuskegee Airman Willie Rogers from Pinellas County. Rogers, the oldest remaining Tuskegee Airman from the original 100th Fighter Squadron, died in November. Bilirakis, a Tarpon Springs Republican, represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes parts of northern Pinellas County. Bilirakis’s full remarks: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and service of an American hero from St.…

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Blaise Ingoglia rolls out more endorsements in Florida GOP Chair re-election bid

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Blaise Ingoglia has received the backing of nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress in his re-election campaign for GOP chairman. The Spring Hill Republican announced Wednesday that 11 Republican members of Florida’s congressional delegation have endorsed his re-election bid. “The organization Chairman Blaise Ingoglia put in place this past election cycle was crucial in delivering big wins from President-Elect (Donald) Trump and Senator (Marco) Rubio, our Congressional delegation, and the State Senate and State House,” said Rep. Ted Yoho…

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