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Blake Dowling: Tech, politics & the Simpsons

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The marriage of technology and politics is like the pairing of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – a big mess (minus the Scientology shenanigans of course). Hillary emails, Trump tweets, Ashley Madison’s hack … there’s always something to keep your eye on. Always will be. With breaches and exposure around every corner, certain key figures inside our government use apps for communication that disappear after a certain amount of time. If any of you readers in Florida Politics-land have teenagers,…

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A year in pop culture: Hellos, goodbyes, and Caitlyn Jenner

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There were goodbyes (Jon Stewart, David Letterman, “Mad Men”) and hellos (Adele!). “Star Wars” reawakened, and a ballerina and an unheralded Founding Father both hit the zeitgeist. But the pop-culture moment that fascinated us most? That had to be the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner. Herewith, our annual, very selective trip down pop culture memory lane: JANUARY: Remember we began the year talking about North Korea? At the GOLDEN GLOBES, Tina Fey welcomes the TV audience to honor “all the movies that North…

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They will be back! Sequels multiply in summer movie season

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“I’ll be back,” the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also might as well be the official slogan of the summer movie season. It’s the time of year when Hollywood’s older, reliable brands, with the tenacity of Schwarzenegger’s lethal cyborg, claw their way back onto the big screen in a popcorn parade of big-budget sequels, reboots and re-dos. That’s nothing new, but the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.7.15 — John Travolta finally comments on ‘Going Clear’

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First today — condolences to the friends and family of former Fox-13 reporter Warren Elly, who died yesterday of adrenal cortical carcinoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. He was only 64. It’s a big blow to the Tampa Bay area, where he contributed so much with his journalism and his friendship and his tutoring to so many people over the past three decades. RIP, Warren. Moving on, if you’ve seen the documentary Going Clear, you know that director Alex…

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‘Going Clear’ documentary unites voices against Scientology

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Mike Rinder had spent virtually all of his life in the Church of Scientology. From the age of 6 he was raised in the church, eventually rising to become its chief spokesman. Everyone he knew was a Scientologist, including his wife, his two children, his mother, his brother and his sister. But after spending more than a year in a disciplinary facility known as “the hole,” where Rinder says he and other Scientology executives were confined, an increasingly disillusioned Rinder…

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The case against Bob Hackworth’s campaign against Susan Latvala

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I would like to outline some of the pros and cons, from a purely political standpoint, of why Bob Hackworth should have run for the District 45 seat of the Florida House of Representatives rather than the seat currently held by Susan Latvala on the Pinellas County Commission.  This is the text of a memorandum I wrote to him (albeit unsolicited) when I learned he was considering a run. Perhaps the best way to sum up the difference between the two possible…

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The case against Bob Hackworth’s campaign against Susan Latvala

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I would like to outline some of the pros and cons, from a purely political standpoint, of why Bob Hackworth should have run for the District 45 seat of the Florida House of Representatives rather than the seat currently held by Susan Latvala on the Pinellas County Commission.  This is the text of a memorandum I wrote to him (albeit unsolicited) when I learned he was considering a run. Perhaps the best way to sum up the difference between the two possible…

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