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Unless changes made, Joe Redner says he’ll sue over Legislature’s medical marijuana bill

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Advocates of Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in Florida, have been expressing disdain for HB 1397, moving through the Legislature this Session, sponsored by Fort Myers Republican Ray Rodrigues. “Folks, this bill is bad,” wrote Ben Pollara, head of United for Care, the organization that campaigned for the constitutional amendment that passed with more than 71 percent support of Floridians last fall. “If passed, it would basically cancel out the vote we had last fall, if not make the situation worse,” Pollara…

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David Jolly says the state of GOP will determine his electoral future

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Though he’s out of public office, David Jolly has never been more ubiquitous in appearing on television. The former Pinellas County congressman was scheduled to make another appearance on MSNBC Wednesday night, this time on “All In with Chris Hayes” talking about the buzzsaw that his former GOP brethren are confronting when hosting townhall meetings across the country. Jolly is a rare Republican, speaking out critical against many of the moves of the Donald Trump administration, bumping up his status on many…

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Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn confront each during WMNF radio debate

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During a radio debate Thursday, House District 68 Democrat Ben Diamond challenged what exactly his opponent, Eric Lynn has done in the community, while Lynn turned around to question Diamond’s independence when it comes to the insurance industry. Those two exchanges came toward the conclusion of a 38-minute debate on Tampa radio station WMNF 88.5 this afternoon, when the two candidates were allowed to question each other in a debate moderated by this reporter (listen here). The two St. Petersburg-based Democrats are challenging each…

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Hillsborough County Courthouse to name media room after the late Warren Elly

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Although longtime Fox-13 reporter Warren Elly passed away earlier this year, he’ll always be remembered by his colleagues, friends, family members and people he got to know over his nearly 29-year broadcast journalism career in the Tampa Bay area. That certainly includes those who worked inside the halls of the Hillsborough County court system, one of Warren’s regular beats. In a fitting tribute, the media room inside the County Courthouse Annex will be named after him next week. Elly worked at WTVT Fox-13 from…

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Chris Ingram isn’t convinced Marco Rubio answered all questions about use of RPOF AmEx card

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Last Saturday as promised, Marco Rubio released American Express statements from 2005 and 2006, responding to questions about his use of that card that belonged to the Republican Party of Florida, saying that only eight of the charges were for personal expenses and that he had paid them off personally. The controversy has dogged Rubio on and off for the past five years since stories first surfaced about his spending with an AmEx card during his run for the U.S. Senate…

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Philip Garrett called Janelle Irwin’s radio show; what happened next was awesome

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Philip Garrett is also “Charles in St. Pete,” an occasional caller at WMNF Community Radio on news and public affairs shows. For anyone who listens to call-in shows on WMNF, you know that not all of the callers always have the firmest grasp on the topics they’re calling about. “Charles in St. Pete” is not one of them. But he made a silly mistake today. As many of our readers know, I also host a political call-in show on WMNF…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.17.15 — The good, bad and ugly from Simi Valley

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Whatever you think about who “won” or “lost” last night’s debate extravaganza from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, can even the most ardent political junkies agree that nearly 5 hours of presidential debates may be a bit too much to handle? My God, that show needed an editor. By the time the question about what female they would put on the $10 bill, the candidates look drained and hardly game for the question. And as far as criticism of…

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