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Jill Stein tells Tampa: ‘This is the perfect storm for a voter revolt’

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Dr. Jill Stein, the 66-year-old Green Party presidential candidate, brought her campaign to Tampa Wednesday night, where she spoke to a packed house in the second floor ballroom of the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Stein is currently averaging around 2.5 percent in the national polls, not that dissimilar to the 2.7 percent Ralph Nader ultimately earned in 2000. More than one political observer has noted the similar circumstances of that election and this one — comparing the lackluster enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton among some…

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Chris Latvala says City of St. Pete ‘still not being truthful’ when it comes to sewage spills

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It’s been a relatively quiet week regarding the major sewage spills in St. Petersburg that have now resulted in state and federal investigations, and become a political issue for Mayor Rick Kriseman. But his administration got a kick in the shin from Clearwater House Republican Chris Latvala at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Wednesday. “As far as the dumping that’s going on in St.Petersburg, the city administration is still is not being truthful to the extent of what is going or what…

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HD 66 candidates Larry Ahern and Lorena Grizzle battle it out at Suncoast Tiger Bay

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Although the state and local Democratic parties aren’t putting too much effort into it, Largo schoolteacher Loretta Grizzle does truly believe she has a shot at knocking off Seminole Republican incumbent Larry Ahern in the Florida House District 66 race this November. The district encompasses parts of Largo, Clearwater, Seminole, and the north Gulf Beaches and her campaign says they are reaching out to Republican and independent voters to get on her side in November. The two are reprising their 2014 battle, in which…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.26.16 – Keeping everything in perspective

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I’m not about to be a spoilsport and say that presidential debates are overrated as the history shows there have been very few since they began being held regularly in 1976 which have significantly moved voters. The first debate in 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush definitely changed some things. That’s the one, you might recall, where Gore was okay on substance but horrible on style (with his sighs and eye-rolling).The revelation about Bush’s DUI arrest that Fox News broke five…

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Mosaic’s Walt Precourt: Our community, our responsibility

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Earlier this week, I addressed the Polk County Board of County Commissioners on the recent sinkhole and water loss incident at our New Wales production facility, and believe the updates and sentiments that I shared are pertinent to the entire west-central Florida community. The most important thing for the community to know is that on behalf of Mosaic, I would like to express our sincere regret that the sinkhole and associated loss of water on our property have caused concerns…

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Hillary Clinton blasts Mosaic for delaying notifying residents about sinkhole spill

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Hillary Clinton is weighing in on Mosaic’s delay in informing the public about the spill of 215 million gallons of contaminated water into a sinkhole at their Polk County phosphate plant last month. In an interview with WFST-Channel 28’s Sarina Fazan, the Democratic presidential nominee is chiming in on the criticism regarding the phosphate giant’s failure to inform the public about the spill, which happened last month. Though Mosaic did inform local and state agencies, many members of the public never heard about…

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Environmental group targets Dana Young in wake of Mosaic sinkhole incident

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A day after an official with Mosaic Fertilizer expressed regret for sitting on information for weeks about contamination leaking into the Floridan Aquifer without informing the general public at their Mulberry site, an environmental group is attempting to connect Republican state Representative Dana Young to the phosphate giant. Polk County officials say 215 million gallons of radioactive water sitting in a containment pool were swallowed and dumped into the Floridan Aquifer from a massive sinkhole on August 27. While Mosaic notified the Florida Department…

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