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Darryl Paulson: In defense of politics

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Some readers may be incapable of getting beyond the title of this article. How in the world can anyone defend politicians and politics? It’s easy and, I would argue, necessary. One recent study found that Americans rank politicians lower than cockroaches. I hope Americans are expressing their frustration with politicians, but not their actual sentiments. Would you really prefer a houseful of cockroaches to a few politicians? For 35 years I would introduce my students to politics by claiming politics…

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Survey shows fewer than half of voters support Penny for Pinellas renewal

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A new survey shows fewer than half Pinellas voters would cast a ballot for renewing the Penny for Pinellas if the referendum were held today. The poll, by St. Pete Polls, shows 48 percent of registered voters in Pinellas County would vote to support another Penny. Another 28 percent would not support it, and 23 percent are unsure. Although the poll shows the Penny failing to pass if the election were today, the vote is close and, with a 2.2…

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Blake Dowling: Tech, politics & the Simpsons

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The marriage of technology and politics is like the pairing of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – a big mess (minus the Scientology shenanigans of course). Hillary emails, Trump tweets, Ashley Madison’s hack … there’s always something to keep your eye on. Always will be. With breaches and exposure around every corner, certain key figures inside our government use apps for communication that disappear after a certain amount of time. If any of you readers in Florida Politics-land have teenagers,…

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Mark Bircher, longshot candidate in CD 13, endorses Donald Trump

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Mark Bircher, who’s running for in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Bircher released this statement: “I will be voting for Donald Trump on Nov. 8. “I find that Mr. Trump and I share common ground on the overwhelming number of issues. I share his passion for securing our borders, making trade practices fair, strengthening our military, stopping endless wars, and developing an economic policy that will not bankrupt America. As a fellow political outsider, I welcome…

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Tampa Bay Realtors endorse Sean Shaw

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Sean Shaw has earned the backing of the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors in his run for state House District 61. “I’m so honored for the support of the nearly 9,000 members in the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors,” Shaw said in a statement. “They and their members share my vision for a stronger economy for everyone. I’m excited to join their efforts in Tallahassee to help more Floridians realize the dream of homeownership and protect their rights…

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America’s future space policy still a mystery from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

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With wars, terrorism, gun violence, economic problems, national debt, immigration issues and other national crises, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton might be excused for focusing on them, yet many Floridians and particular Central Floridians are eagerly waiting to hear what they aren’t yet talking about, space. The futures of NASA, commercial space initiatives, and defense programs are critical to the economy and future of Florida’s Space Coast and Central Florida, and by extension to the entire state, and to a rapidly…

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Police union endorses Charlie Justice’s re-election

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Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice has won the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association in his bid for re-election. The PBA endorsement was based on Justice’s commitment to our community and understanding of the important issues before Pinellas County. “I’m grateful for the support of our local law enforcement. They are on the front lines in our community offering themselves in service for our protection,” Justice said. “I look forward to working with the officers, support personnel and their association…

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