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Kathy Castor joining President Obama in trip to Cuba next week

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Tampa/St. Petersburg Congresswoman Kathy Castor announced on Monday that she has been asked by President Obama to join him and the First Lady on his historic trip to Cuba, which begins on Sunday. “This monumental and historic step is needed to help turn the page on a failed policy of isolation and move forward with greater engagement and normalizing relations with Cuba,” Castor said. “President Obama and the congressional delegation’s visit will encourage further economic and human rights changes on the…

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Kathy Castor leads a 7-member congressional delegation to Cuba

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A seven-member bipartisan group of Congress, led by Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor, departed from Tampa to Cuba on Saturday. “We intend to meet with small business owners and entrepreneurs to gain a better understanding of how the changes in the Cuban economy are working,” Castor said in a brief news conference held at Tampa International Airport shortly before the delegation boarded. “We intend to meet with officials with the Port of Mariel to investigate how we can improve trade on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.12.16 – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash in Milwaukee

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While watching the first hour of Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, I started thinking that Marco Rubio has gotten a bit of a bum rap. For months (maybe longer), political reporters have complained that Rubio has liberally inserted his standard stump speech into his answers to questions on the campaign trail. That meme hit Def Com One Thursday week, of course, with his celebrated meltdown in front of a nationally televised audience. ( Those “Marcobots” from American Bridge who dogged Rubio…

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Kathy Castor to lead bipartisan congressional delegation to Cuba this weekend

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Tampa Bay area Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor will be leading a congressional delegation to Cuba this weekend. Castor will be departing from Tampa International Airport on Saturday with Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer. Last year the two members filed legislation to lift the Cuban embargo and allow for businesses and the private sector to trade freely with Cuba. They are also co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Cuba Working Group, started late last year to press for congressional action to build on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.29.15 — Kathy Castor goes all the way on Cuba

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Although it’s dubious whether legislation expanding travel opportunities for Americans to go to Cuba will get through the Congress this year, Kathy Castor is pushing even further. The Tampa Bay area Democrat announced on Tuesday that along with Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer, she was introducing the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 (HR3238). The bill  would end the 54-year-old Cuban embargo and allow for businesses in the private sector to trade freely with Cuba, while prohibiting taxpayer funds to be used on…

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