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Larry Ahern wants Congress to declare war on Islamic terrorism

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The Florida Legislature convened Tuesday to begin their 60-day session with huge issues confronting them: such as coming together on a major water bill, and dealing with legislation regarding guns, the death penalty, rape kits, education, and health care. But Pinellas County House Republican Larry Ahern also wants the Legislature to weigh in on weightier topics such as going after Islamic terrorists. Specifically, Ahern wants Congress to declare war on al-Qaida, ISIS, ISLE, and “all other Islamic terrorist organizations that similarly engage…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.17.15 — As Congress votes on spending bill, will far right turn on Paul Ryan now?

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I’m going to guess that conservatives in Congress aren’t going to turn on new House Speaker Paul D. Ryan so soon, since he’s still undergoing a honeymoon less than two months after replacing the very unpopular John Boehner. But there’s definitely unease among the far right part of the party on this omnibus spending bill that his House of Representatives will vote on tomorrow. Today comes a vote on a tax package, which apparently is only going to be supported by Republicans,…

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Bob Buckhorn calls on Congress to give Puerto Rico bankruptcy protection, while Buddy Dyer sits it out

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With Puerto Rico facing $72 billion in debt and not able to pay off its creditors, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has joined a group of over a dozen mayors in the U.S. calling on Congress to restore the commonwealth its bankruptcy protections in the omnibus appropriations funding bill being debated in the House of Representatives. Interestingly, Buckhorn is the only Florida mayor who is part of that group. Not signing on to that letter was Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, whose city has one of the largest…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.3.15 — Rahm Emanuel and Chicago are stuck with each other

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While the news is all about the latest gun shooting in San Bernadino today, let’s focus here on another death that’s been in the news a lot in the past couple of weeks: that being of Laquan McDonald, the black teenager killed by a white Chicago police officer a year ago. In between her campaign and fundraising efforts here in Florida yesterday, Hillary Clinton said she wants a federal investigation about McDonald’s death, putting her directly at odds with Chicago…

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After Colorado Springs killings, Kathy Castor calls on Paul Ryan to disband Planned Parenthood probe

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Tampa Bay area U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is the latest Democrat to ask House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to disband the select committee investigating Planned Parenthood. She argues in a letter addressed to the speaker that GOP-rhetoric-incited anger toward the group led in part to Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Citing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s findings this week that Planned Parenthood clinics in Florida had not broken the law, the fifth-term congresswoman…

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