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Barack Obama: ‘This is the moment where America has to take a stand’

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At the University of Central Florida Friday night, a triumphant-sounding Barack Obama made a bold declaration to voters — in this election, no less than the direction of America was at stake. The president, no doubt buoyed by resurgent popularity and comforted by the realization that the end is near, proclaimed fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton a worthy bearer of his progressive legacy. “This is the moment where America has to take a stand and decide what it is what we believe in and…

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Viewers’ Guide: Post-NH, a tense Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders rematch

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Grudge match. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders get back in the debate ring Thursday night with an increasingly bitter family score to settle. The debate comes just 48 hours after Sanders’ victory over Clinton in the New Hampshire primary by 22 percentage points, a jagged pill made more so because she lost with women, her presumed base of support. The key audience is now minority voters influential in upcoming contests in South Carolina and Nevada, and Hillary…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s victory highlights St. Pete’s progressive shift

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s City Council victory Tuesday wasn’t just a victory for her – it was a victory for women. For the first time in St. Petersburg’s history three of the city’s eight council members will be women. And that represents a win for diversity in general. The current council, and the one that will still exist after inaugurations in January, also contains three openly gay councilmembers including the two women currently on council, Darden Rice and Amy Foster, and Steve…

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney rakes in $1.14 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney collected one of the largest hauls of last quarter, according to recently submitted compensation reports: The white shoe firm’s Tallahassee lobbying practice earned an estimated $1.14 million between April 1 and June 30 of 2015. The largest contributor to the firm’s bottom line in Q2? U.S. Sugar Corp. by a mile. It doubled up the next highest-paying client, paying $76,000 for legislative lobbying services and between $30,000-$39,999 for executive branch work, for a total of some $111,000.…

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Kevin Burns qualifying for U.S. Senate race

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Presser: Kevin Burns will file his paperwork with the Florida Division of Elections on Thursday the 29th at 10:00 AM in Tallahassee.  With his filing, Florida Democrats will gain choice in the August primary, a true progressive that understands the needs of Florida communities and has hands-on experience solving the problems facing our neighborhoods every day. Mayor Kevin Burns will be available for question following the filing.

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Bill Foster says he’s a ‘progressive’ leader as ballots for early voters arrive in mailboxes

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The Pinellas Supervisor of Elections got its act together — what would Deborah Clark do without John Buckmaster? — and mailed out the ballots to so-called early voters for the St. Petersburg Municipal Elections. The ballots are usually followed by the direct mail of candidates smart enough to track these early voters. But in a race in which 55,000 ballots were mailed to early voters, I cannot see the value in spending almost $30K to sending each prospective voter a…

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