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Planned Parenthood leader Barbara Zdravecky retiring

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Barbara Zdravecky, who has served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida since 1993, is stepping down. Her departure is effective January 2018.

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More than 500 attend Planned Parenthood annual luncheon in Tampa

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Planned Parenthood has never been more under fire from congressional Republicans than in recent years. Nevertheless, since the election of Donald Trump, the public is demonstrating they remain firmly behind the family planning organization. According to a Quinnipiac survey conducted earlier this year to coincide with the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, 62 percent of voters oppose cutting off federal funds to the organization, while only 31 percent support that action. Females are leading the Trump resistance, starting with…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.17.16 – Elizabeth Warren for VP momentum grows

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Democrats in Kentucky and Oregon go to the polls tonight, and all indications are Bernie Sanders will win at least one those two contests. Not that it will make much of a dent in Hillary Clinton‘s delegate lead. The way the party apportions delegates, he’s simply not going to be able to catch up by next month in pledged delegates to overcome her lead. Tensions continue to grow within the two camps, especially with Sanders supporters after the chaos that ensued…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.17.15 — As Congress votes on spending bill, will far right turn on Paul Ryan now?

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I’m going to guess that conservatives in Congress aren’t going to turn on new House Speaker Paul D. Ryan so soon, since he’s still undergoing a honeymoon less than two months after replacing the very unpopular John Boehner. But there’s definitely unease among the far right part of the party on this omnibus spending bill that his House of Representatives will vote on tomorrow. Today comes a vote on a tax package, which apparently is only going to be supported by Republicans,…

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Vowing that he’ll turn “Washington upside down,” Jeb Bush begins comeback in Tampa

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Political pundits from coast to coast declared Jeb Bush‘s presidential campaign all but dead Wednesday night after his desultory performance in the third GOP debate, from Boulder, Colorado. The Economist wrote that,”(I)t is hard to see him coming back into contention now.” “It was do or die. And Bush died,” wrote Slate’s Jamelle Boulle. Bush obviously believes reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated, but it’s not one to say his campaign is struggling. Although they may have already been scheduled, having three events…

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Slate on Marco Rubio

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In the country of no ideas, the 100-idea’d man is king. At least that’s the hope of Marco Rubio, the 38-year-old former speaker of the House in Florida who is now gunning for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Mel Martinez. The 2010 primary between Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist is being hyped as a showdown between the moderate wing of the Republican Party—Crist supported Obama’s stimulus package—and its conservative base. But the election is also a referendum…

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