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With few political allies, Donald Trump plans celebrity convention

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Donald Trump‘s team promises an extraordinary display of political entertainment at this month’s Republican National Convention, with the accent on entertainment. The former reality television star plans to feature his high-profile children at the summer gathering in Cleveland, with the hope they’ll be joined by a number of celebrity supporters. Prospects include former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and longtime boxing promoter Don King. “I’m going to be involved, definitely,” said King, who lives…

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Tom Jackson: With Donald Trump, GOP faces expensive overhaul

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Surveying the conundrum confronting the Republican Party in the age of Donald Trump, an antique TV ad touting Fram oil filters comes to mind. If you bought the Beatles’ White Album the day it was released and remember Muhammad Ali in his prime, you know the spot: A mechanic in the midst of an overhaul pauses to point out the car’s owner could have avoided this wallet-crushing repair if only he’d been punctual about changing the oil. “You can pay…

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Tom Jackson: Hit that reset button already, Marco Rubio

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Well past the point that it became abundantly — and, in some circles, painfully — obvious that Marco Rubio should have applied himself to the job he convinced Floridians he wanted in 2010, a fresh question has arisen: Should Rubio declare himself a candidate for re-election? The answer is: Duh. Of course, he should. This is the biggest no-brainer since Captain America rejected United Nations sanctions. It’s hard to believe he’s even hemming, let alone hawing. Listen, everyone gets that Rubio…

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Yolie Capin kicks off Tampa City Council meeting by saying “we are in a gun out of control state”

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Wednesday’s mass gun shooting in San Bernadino is just the latest such incident in America, and Yolie Capin has had enough. The Tampa City Councilwoman was given the opportunity to address the audience who gathered at City Hall on Thursday for the council’s weekly meeting, and she used it to denounce the lack of gun control legislation locally, in Florida and across the nation. Capin began by remembering the thoughts and feelings that she shared with her daughter after the Newtown killings at…

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Republicans to charge media to cover 2016 convention

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Representatives for news organizations who plan to cover next summer’s convention are protesting a move by the Republican National Committee to charge news media organizations a $150 access fee for seats on the press stand. Seats on risers constructed for newspapers, magazines, wire services and online print publications have been awarded without charge in the past. Representatives for daily and periodical press galleries in the Capitol protested Monday that the media “should not be charged to cover elected officials at…

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Newly named Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward says he’ll maintain current bike citation policy

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced this afternoon that Eric Ward will become the new Police Chief for the city of Tampa, effective as of next week. Ward replaces Jane Castor, who retires next week after 31 years on the force, the last five and a half as chief of police. Ward becomes the second black chief in the city’s history (Bennie Holder was the first, serving from 1993-2003). He currently serves as the assistant chief of operations, and was announced months ago…

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Mary Mulhern says ‘thank you’ to supporters as she prepares to exit Tampa City Council

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Dozens of people in the Tampa progressive community gathered Wednesday night in Ybor City to say goodbye (for now) to Mary Mulhern, the Tampa City Council woman who is leaving the board due to term limits next week. “Mary has always stood up for everybody in this community,” said Tampa attorney and prominent Democrat Gary Gibbons, who introduced Mulhern on the stage in the courtyard of Gasper’s Grotto. “Sometimes she was the only vote on a tough issue, and she…

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