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Activists are pushing for Pinellas to be declared a sanctuary county

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Despite a published report listing it as a sanctuary county, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri adamantly rejects classifying Pinellas  with such a designation. But a group of activists who held a news conference in St. Petersburg on Tuesday want the County Commission to call themselves a ‘welcoming’ county. They met in front of City Hall to call on the members of the City Council to support a resolution, calling on the Pinellas County Commission to give themselves that title. Although there is no formal definition…

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Guido Maniscalco latest lawmaker to take the minimum wage challenge

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Earlier this month, a number of Florida Democrats in the Legislature committed to taking the “minimum wage challenge,” a pledge to live on $17 each day for five days to illustrate what it’s like to live on Florida’s minimum wage, which is $8.05 an hour. The $17 comes from the amount a minimum wage worker might take home each day after taxes, childcare, and housing. The lawmakers are focusing attention on a bill sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard from…

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Conflict of interest? Tonight’s City Council debate moderator has ties to Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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St. Pete City Council candidates in District 7 will square off Tuesday night in a second debate leading up to the August 25 primary election. But this debate could come with a conflict of interest. The group Fight for $15 is co-hosting the debate at the Child’s Park Recreation Center. The group sent out a press release announcing the debate on July 15. Community activist Kofi Hunt is moderating the debate. He was also one of two media contacts listed…

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2015 Awake the State rallies take on a quieter tone

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Progressive activists across the state are calling on the Florida Legislature to take up five key issues voted on by supporters of the group Progress Florida. During a rally at Spa Beach near the downtown St. Pete Pier, about 20 members of the community announced their agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and Medicaid, ensuring access to clean water and energy and reforming campaign finance laws. “We want to put the progressive agenda in the forefront,” said…

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