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Documentary on status of women in U.S. to screen at Tampa Theatre on Feb. 20

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The Equal Rights Amendment, an amendment proposed to the U.S. Constitution in the 1970’s designed to guarantee equal rights for women, fell three states short of ratification. A 2016 documentary that makes the case for the ERA, “Equal Means Equal,” will get its first screening in the Tampa Bay area next Monday night, February 20, at the Tampa Theatre, hosted by the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality and We are Women. It will be a full evening, as a panel…

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Local media figures dissect the 2016 presidential election at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club

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While some parts of America are ecstatic and others scared in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking presidential victory earlier this month, most others are simply thankful the whole long, ugly, divisive campaign is history. Then there is the political class, who in opinion pieces and discussions on cable news, continue to chatter about what led to perhaps the biggest political upset in modern U.S. history. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club hosted their debriefing of the election on Friday with four local reporters…

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Bob Buckhorn blocked me on Twitter

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Bob Buckhorn blocked me on Twitter. Or one of his staffers with access to his social media did. Or he told them to. In any case, I can’t view any of Buckhorn’s tweets. A while back I wrote some fairly antagonistic stories about Tampa’s commander-in-chief. In early June when a 14-year old was gunned down in broad daylight, Buckhorn was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times basically blaming the victim for his own death. I called him out on it.…

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Janelle Irwin’s Fight for 15 Challenge: Days 2 and 3

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Day Three of my Fight for 15 challenge is winding down, and I’ve already failed oh-so-miserably. But that’s OK – my failures only further the intended argument sweeping the nation. People just can’t live a functional life on minimum wage. For two and a half days, I have been absolutely fantastic at squandering money and scrimping on meals. Tuesday, even while running around (like a chicken with its head cut off, mind you) managing the Election Day madness, I didn’t spend a single dime…

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Robert Griendling: Letter to the editor on proposed preservation ordinance

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Letter to the Editor: After Janelle Irwin’s latest report here on the proposed historic preservation ordinance, allow me again to set the record straight. I’m not sure when Ms. Irwin did her accounting of the sentiments regarding the proposed change in the permission threshold being considered by the city, but as of today, in addition to the individual email and phone calls received by the city on this issue, 536 people have signed our petition to keep the threshold where…

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Today on Context Florida: High-functioning Democrats, Escambia ZIP Codes and identity theft

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Today on Context Florida: According to Daniel Tilson, the 99 percent of us who haven’t benefited from — and in many cases have been harmed or held back by — almost 20 years of increasingly conservative Republican domination of Florida government and public policy, deserve and desperately need a high-functioning opposition party with a specific plan and timeframe for restoring political and legislative balance to our state. After all, independent and Republican 99-percenters benefit just as much as Democrats do from…

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Today on Context Florida: Daniel Tilson, tax cuts, abuse-deterring opioids and volunteer month

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Today on Context Florida: Political columnists write stories, says Daniel Tilson. They’re not supposed to be stories. Tilson reflects on some takeaways from his home visit by Rick Scott’s FDLE. Wrong-minded and ridiculous on so many levels. But here’s the thing … the decision to take that action and the action itself, to whatever extent meant to be intimidation, or not, brought the Law of Unintended Consequences into play, big time. Florida’s tax-cutter-in-chief is at it again, notes Janelle Irwin. After…

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