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Engage Cuba kicks off drive to end U.S. sanctions

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Last night in Miami, Alan Gross, the American citizen who was detained in Cuba by the Castro-led government for five years before his release last December, spoke at the inaugural fundraiser for New Cuba PAC, a political action committee created to push for the end of the U.S. 53-year economic embargo against the Communist island. “It was a magical night,” says James Williams with Engage Cuba, a new nonprofit advocacy group created in tandem with the new PAC. “It really felt in many ways…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.31.15 — Jeff Brandes’ civil forfeiture bill advances

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With his role as the legislative chair of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is in Tallahassee a lot these days, arguing for or against bills regarding law enforcement. His agency gets a lot of respect from lawmakers, but the FSA doesn’t always get their way. That was what happened late yesterday afternoon, when St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes’ civil forfeiture bill that prohibits law enforcement agencies from retaining property and assets seized from individuals who are not…

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Tampa officials host conference on Cuba

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Ron Christaldi, chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, said today that back in 2013, a half-dozen members of the chamber visited with Vice President Joe Biden and other White House officials to discuss the potential for business with Cuba. “They asked me about what the business community wanted and were we ready to take advantage of those opportunities,” he told an audience who gathered in a ballroom inside the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel. “There’s 17 million people in…

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Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker comes to Tampa to pump controversial trade agreement

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker came to Tampa Monday morning, ostensibly to discuss the Obama administration’s new forays into diplomatic relations with Cuba. However she used the majority of her speech to pump up the Trans Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest international trade agreements in modern history that President Obama hopes to have negotiated before the summer. “We cannot forget or ignore the fact that 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside the United States,” Pritzker told the…

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to attend Cuba forum in Tampa

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Just a couple of hours after the Florida Senate nearly unanimously approved a resolution denouncing the Obama Administration’s recent diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor’s office announced that a forum will look at the president’s recently announced policies and what that will mean for travel and trade in the Tampa Bay area next week. The event, called the “Cuba Forum–Tampa at the Forefront of Historic Change,” takes place next Monday at the Tampa Airport Marriott. The keynote speaker will be…

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Live-streaming apps dominate buzz at South by Southwest

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A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a “Game of Thrones” Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend, as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin, Texas. “You never know what’s around the corner at South By Southwest, it could be a small thing or it could be life changing,” said David Rubin, Pinterest’s head of brand, at the social media…

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