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Al Fox celebrated for his work on Cuba

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There is perhaps no greater moment reflective of how far the Tampa business and political establishment has come in terms of embracing relations with Cuba than the reaction to then Mayor Dick Greco’s surprise visit to the communist island in the summer of 2002. “In my opinion, it was his finest hour,” recalled Al Fox, speaking on Friday night at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. It was Fox, through his Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, that helped negotiate the historic meeting…

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Deadline for proposed Alan Grayson-Patrick Murphy debates approaches

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There’s less than two months to go before the extremely competitive Democratic primary for U.S. Senate takes place, yet no debates have officially been scheduled between the two major candidates in that race, Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson. That may be changing though. Or maybe not. has learned that three NPR affiliates in the state – WUSF in Tampa, WMFE in Orlando and WLRN in Miami – are attempting to hold radio debates between the primary candidates for both the Democratic and Republican…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.21.15 — Bill McCollum isn’t seriously thinking of running for Senate. Is he?

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I was going to opine on John Kasich entering the GOP presidential contest this morning, but let’s get to that tomorrow. Instead, let’s talk about the Florida U.S. Senate race, now that David Jolly is officially in the race, along with U.S. Ron DeSantis, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and retired CIA contractor Todd Wilcox. Lately the conventional wisdom from at least two Florida political reporters/analysts is that with such a relatively unknown field, former Central Florida U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum could be viable if…

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Gary Stein: Symbols and cymbals mark Fourth of July

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As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all. Symbols can range from icons to symbolic acts. Flags…

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Panel on Gulf oil spill to meet tonight in St. Petersburg

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From Mitch Perry: Tonight in St. Petersburg there will be a major discussion on the Deepwater Horizon gulf spill at The Palladium Theatre from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., sponsored in part by Repower America and Clean Energy Works. The event will be broken into three one hour discussions.  From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the discussion is entitled “About the Spill,” and will feature Bill Hogarth, the Dean of the USF College of Marine Sciences, D.T. Minich from Visit…

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Dana Young wins straw poll in House District 57

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Last evening, May 10, the Tampa Republican Club hosted a State Representative, District 57 Republican Candidates’ Debate & Straw Poll.  The winner of the straw poll following the debate is south Tampa attorney Dana Young. Guest Moderator, Rob Lorei, Managing Editor of Florida This Week – WEDU-TV (PBS) conducted the forum for members and guests.  All three Republican candidates, including C. Todd Marks, Dan Molloy, and Dana Young, participated in the debate held at Sam Seltzer’s Steakhouse in Tampa. “Once…

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Controversial doc David McKalip to attend tonight’s public forum on health care hosted by Pinellas’ Nurses Association

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The Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Nurses Association will be hosting a public forum to discuss the healthcare reform legislation that Congress is presently considering. The discussion will focus on the impact of the proposed legislation on health care delivery, access to healthcare and nursing. The forum will be a panel discussion, moderated by commentator Rob Lorei from WMNF radio. The panel will include Bill Newton of the American Consumer Council, Shawn Foster from the staff of Congressman Bilirakis,…

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