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Donald Trump voices opposition to transgender bathroom law

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose, voicing opposition to part of a far-reaching North Carolina law that critics says is discriminatory. Speaking at a town hall event on NBC’s “Today” Thursday, Trump was asked about North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” which, among other things, requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate in state government buildings as well as public schools…

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Mitch Perry Report 4.7.16 – Gay Talese, meet Twitter

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Gay Talese is one of the great American reporters of our time. Now 84, Talese was considered part of the New Journalism that took the country by storm in the 1960s. I’m going to write about his new book in a moment, but I confess that I’m a little late to the party regarding the contretemps he started up last weekend. That’s when he was asked at a conference at Boston University about women writers who had inspired him and replied,…

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Rick Kriseman tells Charlotte Observer that St. Pete is “welcoming, inclusive and open for business”

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The good-natured rivalry between Tampa Bay area Mayors Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman now transcends Major League Baseball, with both of them pitching their cities to businesses looking to relocate because of ordinances perceived to be discriminatory to the LGBT community. The St. Petersburg mayor wrote an op-ed that appeared on The Charlotte Observer‘s website on Wednesday, where he writes that “there has never been a better time for Florida, and especially St. Petersburg, to send the message that we are…

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Bob Buckhorn pitches PayPal on relocating to Tampa from North Carolina

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Can North Carolina’s controversial religious freedom law that critics say discriminates against the LGBT community redound to Tampa’s advantage? That’s what Bob Buckhorn hopes for, after PayPal announced on Tuesday that it was their canceling plans for a new operation center that would have employed over 400 people in Charlotte, North Carolina, citing that new law. “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” wrote Dan Schulman,…

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