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New Year’s poll: Americans hopeful for a better 2017

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Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A look at the key findings of the Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll: ___ SO HOW WAS 2016? Americans weren’t thrilled with the year. Only 18 percent said things for the country got…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump Into the Bay: Cigar City, City of Tampa; Eric Lynn, new Pier designers

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With a week as chock full of local political news as the previous one, there are several candidates for the Toast of the Bay and Dump Into the Bay. This being the first time I’ve handled this feature, I gave myself some flexibility and have several Toasts and Dumps. A Toast to Joey Redner on the sale of his Cigar City Brewing to Colorado craft beer company called Oskar Blues. The Tampa Bay Times estimates the deal could be worth more than…

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Today on Context Florida: Ted Cruz eligibility, state Senate maps, recreational marijuana and Florida’s competitive future

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman asks the question that needs to be resolved in 2016: is Ted Cruz eligible to be president? Waking today, Rip Van Winkle would behold the scary sight of Donald Trump, a pompous ass, racist demagogue and a shameless liar, duking it out with a senator, Ted Cruz, who is so disliked and distrusted by his own party that no GOP governor or colleague will endorse him. Most people with an opinion on the matter say…

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Tampa Bay residents overwhelmingly support medical marijuana

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When personal injury attorney John Morgan’s medical marijuana amendment failed in 2014 at the ballot box, it did so with 58 percent approval. In many other states, that would have meant it was approved. So now he’s giving it another go. If results of the latest Tampa Bay Times/WTSP poll are any indication, he’s on his way to an easy victory this time around. According to the poll, nearly three-quarters of Tampa Bay residents support legalizing marijuana for medical uses.…

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Pot-testing kits at the center of St. Pete company lawsuit

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A St. Pete company is suing four former employees and two companies for ripping off its marijuana test kit idea. The company, called FutureWorld, is based in St. Pete. They focus on “the identification, acquisition, development, and commercialization of cannabis-related products, such as industrial Hemp.” The company’s goal is to capitalize on the “burgeoning Cannabis markets globally.” FutureWorld purchased the company MedTest in 2014 in order to adopt a product they were planning to introduce as its own. That product, a…

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