Obama To Give First Speech Since Leaving Office
04/24/17 12:16 from Shark Tank
Former President Barack Obama will give the first public remarks of his post-presidency in his adopted hometown of Chicago on Monday. The 44th president is slated to speak with young leaders at an event at the University of Chicago. It i...

AFP-FL urges Senate to keep incentives out of Triumph Gulf Coast bill
04/24/17 12:14 from Saint Petersblog
A Northwest Florida Republican plans to amend the Senate’s version of a bill to send millions of dollars to the … The post AFP-FL urges Senate to keep incentives out of Triumph Gulf Coast bill appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Stop stealing our video, Florida Channel says
04/24/17 11:23 from Saint Petersblog
The Florida Channel wants you … to stop stealing its videos. A new disclaimer began popping up Friday under the channel’s … The post Stop stealing our video, Florida Channel says appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Emily Slosberg’s personal, uphill battle for tougher texting laws
04/24/17 10:54 from Saint Petersblog
Twenty-one years after a car crash that took her twin sister’s life, Emily Slosberg is continuing the fight to make … The post Emily Slosberg’s personal, uphill battle for tougher texting laws appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Joe Negron says no to House’s proposed ‘continuation budget’
04/24/17 10:11 from Saint Petersblog
Senate President Joe Negron has rejected a House proposal to settle some $4 billion in state budget disagreements with a … The post Joe Negron says no to House’s proposed ‘continuation budget’ appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Former employee sued by Tampa activist Sam Rashid ‘won’t back down,’ lawyer says
04/24/17 10:07 from Saint Petersblog
A 21-year-old woman sued by Tampa political activist Sam Rashid is not “backing down,” and has filed a motion Monday … The post Former employee sued by Tampa activist Sam Rashid ‘won’t back down,’ lawyer says appe...

Gambling deal may come down to slots question
04/24/17 09:40 from Saint Petersblog
Seeing it as the “lesser of various evils” to pass a gambling bill this year, the House may give in … The post Gambling deal may come down to slots question appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Joe Henderson: In wake of Frank Artiles’ departure, Democrats have chance to offer something new
04/24/17 09:14 from Saint Petersblog
Frank Artiles’ forced resignation last Friday from the state Senate provides the first real test for Democrats to show they … The post Joe Henderson: In wake of Frank Artiles’ departure, Democrats have chance to offer somethi...

St. Pete College’s Soviet-style presidential selection would make Vladimir Putin proud
04/24/17 08:30 from Saint Petersblog
In less pretentious times, St. Petersburg Junior College hired presidents without the help of consultants who make them look ridiculous. … The post St. Pete College’s Soviet-style presidential selection would make Vladimir Putin pr...

Sunburn for 4.24.17 – Florida is burning; Frank Artiles epilogue; Budget negotiations stall; Trial of generation in Jacksonville; Ballard, Inc.
04/24/17 04:20 from Saint Petersblog
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry … The post Sunburn for 4.24.17 – Florida is burning; Frank Artiles epilogue; Budget negotiatio...

Joe Henderson: House just made life a lot more difficult for public school boards, teachers
04/24/17 04:15 from Saint Petersblog
It’s a good thing the Florida House of Representatives wasn’t in session when Columbus wanted to sail the ocean blue. … The post Joe Henderson: House just made life a lot more difficult for public school boards, teachers appeared f...

Is this ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ last hurrah for 2017?
04/24/17 04:00 from Saint Petersblog
A troubled measure to undo the requirement that retailers sell distilled spirits separately from other goods is back on the … The post Is this ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ last hurrah for 2017? appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Gov. Scott heads to Argentina for trade mission
04/23/17 19:41 from Saint Petersblog
Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to leave Sunday for Argentina for a trade mission organized by the state’s embattled economic … The post Gov. Scott heads to Argentina for trade mission appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Business rent tax cuts still in play this Session
04/23/17 19:37 from Saint Petersblog
Florida’s business rent tax is one of the outstanding issues at play as lawmakers crawl toward sine die of the … The post Business rent tax cuts still in play this Session appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Martin Dyckman: On death warrants, Florida governor’s ‘awesome moral responsibility’
04/23/17 15:57 from Saint Petersblog
When former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins was nominated in 1964 to head the nation’s new Community Relations Service, South Carolina … The post Martin Dyckman: On death warrants, Florida governor’s ‘awesome moral responsibility’...

After early lead, Tampa Bay Rowdies suffer first defeat on late Charleston goal
04/23/17 15:33 from Saint Petersblog
Suffering the first home defeat of the season Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Rowdies lost 3-2 to the visiting Charleston … The post After early lead, Tampa Bay Rowdies suffer first defeat on late Charleston goal appeared first on Sa...

Donald Trump names Floridian Heather MacDougall to OSHA Review Commission
04/23/17 14:51 from Saint Petersblog
President Donald Trump has named employer relations expert Heather MacDougall of Melbourne to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. … The post Donald Trump names Floridian Heather MacDougall to OSHA Review Commissio...

Local investment in public safety communications infrastructure pay off during Florida disasters
04/23/17 14:10 from Saint Petersblog
Last year, Floridians endured one of the most active hurricane seasons in more than a decade. During Hurricanes Hermine and … The post Local investment in public safety communications infrastructure pay off during Florida disasters...

St. Pete fire crews called to Collier in wildfire fight
04/23/17 13:39 from Saint Petersblog
Nearly 7,000 homes are covered under mandatory evacuation orders in Southwest Florida as wildfires continue to rage just outside Fort … The post St. Pete fire crews called to Collier in wildfire fight appeared first on SaintPetersB...

Disgraced Sen. Frank Artiles paid Hooters, Playboy models as ‘consultants’
04/23/17 13:04 from Saint Petersblog
A newspaper is reporting that a Florida state senator who resigned this week after using a racial slur hired a … The post Disgraced Sen. Frank Artiles paid Hooters, Playboy models as ‘consultants’ appeared first on Sain...

Campbell Park Elementary principal apologizes for racially insensitive email
04/23/17 13:03 from Saint Petersblog
The new principal of a predominantly black elementary school is apologizing after emailing her staff that white students should be … The post Campbell Park Elementary principal apologizes for racially insensitive email appeared fir...

Institutionalized Structural Racism in the Broward Public Library System
04/23/17 10:57 from BlueBroward.org
Institutionalized Structural Racism is the cumulative effect of the individual, often uncoordinated, and often unintentional acts by those in public service which, when taken as a whole, deprive equal access to goods, services, public ac...

Gov. Scott delays trip to Argentina due to wildfires
04/23/17 08:04 from Saint Petersblog
Gov. Rick Scott is delaying his planned trade mission to Argentina due to wildfires that are burning in several parts … The post Gov. Scott delays trip to Argentina due to wildfires appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

If another SCOTUS opening occurs, will Charles Canady get a serious look?
04/23/17 08:00 from Saint Petersblog
According to Sen. Charles Grassley, the U.S. Supreme Court may need to fill another opening this summer. The Iowa Republican, Chairman … The post If another SCOTUS opening occurs, will Charles Canady get a serious look? appeared fi...

Tampa Bay Rowdies fall 3-2 on late Charleston goal
04/23/17 08:00 from Saint Petersblog
The Tampa Bay Rowdies suffered their first home defeat of the season on Saturday night, losing 3-2 to the visiting … The post Tampa Bay Rowdies fall 3-2 on late Charleston goal appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Marco Rubio: With ‘higher standard’ for lawmakers, Frank Artiles was right to resign
04/22/17 12:16 from Saint Petersblog
Marco Rubio has ‘no doubt’ state Sen. Frank Artiles‘ did the right thing by resigning from the Florida Legislature Friday in the wake … The post Marco Rubio: With ‘higher standard’ for lawmakers, Frank Artiles was...

Adam Putnam: Florida is a tinderbox, Florida Forest Service works around the clock
04/22/17 08:45 from Saint Petersblog
In every corner of our state, severe drought conditions have made Florida a tinderbox. Roughly 100 wildfires are currently burning … The post Adam Putnam: Florida is a tinderbox, Florida Forest Service works around the clock appear...

Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices
04/22/17 08:20 from Saint Petersblog
A man charged with fatally stabbing a Florida restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo … The post Florida man convicted in fatal fight over gumbo spices appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Blake Dowling: Look out for hackers (and the government)
04/22/17 08:00 from Saint Petersblog
What now? More breaches. More leaks. Internet carriers selling your data? Hackers coming at us like United Airlines security? (For … The post Blake Dowling: Look out for hackers (and the government) appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Richard Corcoran’s ‘sea of troubles’
04/22/17 07:59 from Saint Petersblog
Richard Corcoran says he loves Gov. Rick Scott “to death,” but is getting weary of the “slings and arrows” he’s … The post Takeaways from Tallahassee — Richard Corcoran’s ‘sea of troubles’ appeared first on SaintP...

21 “March for Science” events taking place across Florida today
04/22/17 07:31 from Saint Petersblog
Yes, scientists feel they’re under attack by politics too, and like minority groups, women, gun advocates, gun opponents, social activists, … The post 21 “March for Science” events taking place across Florida today appe...

Voting Rights Roundup: Georgia lawmaker admits GOP gerrymandered the 6th District to stop Democrats
04/21/17 16:33 from Daily Kos
Leading Off ● Georgia : Gerrymandering is a seedy business where legislators often go to extremes to hide their true motivations: maximizing partisan advantage for their own party. But every so often, someone on the inside will let the m...

Ethics Commission clears Pam Bondi over Donald Trump contribution
04/21/17 15:10 from Saint Petersblog
Florida’s ethics commission is throwing out complaints filed against Attorney General Pam Bondi over her decision to ask Donald Trump … The post Ethics Commission clears Pam Bondi over Donald Trump contribution appeared first...

As Frank Artiles departs, Dwight Bullard contemplates return to Senate
04/21/17 15:05 from Saint Petersblog
Dwight Bullard, the Senate Democrat unseated by Frank Artiles last year, may be looking to return. Jessica Bakeman of POLITICO … The post As Frank Artiles departs, Dwight Bullard contemplates return to Senate appeared first on Sain...

Jim Kennedy endorses Barclay Harless to replace him on St. Pete Council
04/21/17 14:28 from Saint Petersblog
Jim Kennedy, the current St. Petersburg District 2 City Council member, is endorsing Barclay Harless to be his replacement. An … The post Jim Kennedy endorses Barclay Harless to replace him on St. Pete Council appeared first on Sai...

Florida's first black state attorney stands up to capital punishment and receives noose in mail
04/21/17 14:17 from Daily Kos
What happens in 2017 to Florida’s first black state attorney when she refuses to seek the death penalty in capital murder cases? She gets mailed a noose. And, unfortunately, this is not the first racist message State Attorney Aramis Ayal...

Frank Artiles resigns and an old rival, Juan Zapata, could run
04/21/17 13:51 from Political Cortadito
Could El Zorro come to the rescue again? One of the names being batted around for a special election to replace disgraced former Sen. Frank Artiles — who resigned Friday after making inappropriate and racist comments earlier in the...

Ethics commission bucks legislative leaders’ assertion of authority
04/21/17 13:51 from Saint Petersblog
The Florida Commission on Ethics voted unanimously Friday to resist efforts by House and Senate leaders to exert control over … The post Ethics commission bucks legislative leaders’ assertion of authority appeared first on SaintPet...

Democratic gubernatorial candidates call Frank Artiles’ resignation ‘right thing’
04/21/17 13:06 from Saint Petersblog
Democratic gubernatorial candidates and potential candidates are declaring Friday that Frank Artiles did the right thing and one is wondering … The post Democratic gubernatorial candidates call Frank Artiles’ resignation R...

Frank Artiles resigns, but still needs to apologize to Hialeah
04/21/17 13:06 from Political Cortadito
State Sen. Frank Artiles resigned Friday for having a racist rant earlier in the week, but only after it became increasingly clear that he had no other choice. Nothing was getting done in the final weeks of session was the capitol turned...

Lizbeth Benacquisto: Frank Artiles made the ‘best decision for himself and his family, his constitutes, and the Florida Senate’
04/21/17 12:46 from Saint Petersblog
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto said she believes Frank Artiles’ decision to resign was the “best decision for himself and his family.” … The post Lizbeth Benacquisto: Frank Artiles made the ‘best decision for himself and his family...

Miami lawmaker discovers the n-word is never ok to use at work, resigns amid controversy
04/21/17 12:28 from Daily Kos
This has been a rough week for Republican Florida state Sen. Frank Artiles. On Monday, in what can only be described as a terrible lapse in judgment, if not an outright racist/sexist fit, he used the words “niggas” “bitch” and “girl” in ...

Florida Dems welcome Frank Artiles resignation, begin fundraising for a special election
04/21/17 12:28 from Saint Petersblog
The Florida Democratic Party is claiming victory amid the announcement that Frank Artiles has resigned his post. “The Florida Democratic … The post Florida Dems welcome Frank Artiles resignation, begin fundraising for a special ele...

Perry Thurston: Frank Artiles’ resignation was ‘right action’
04/21/17 12:20 from Saint Petersblog
Sen. Perry Thurston “welcome(d) the news of Senator Frank Artiles’ resignation today from the Florida Senate,” he said in a … The post Perry Thurston: Frank Artiles’ resignation was ‘right action’ appe...

Frank Artiles resigns from Senate
04/21/17 12:05 from Saint Petersblog
Frank Artiles has resigned his Senate seat rather than face a hearing that could result in his expulsion, according to a letter he … The post Frank Artiles resigns from Senate appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Joe Negron: Frank Artiles ‘made the right decision’
04/21/17 12:04 from Saint Petersblog
Senate President Joe Negron said former Sen. Frank Artiles made the “right decision” to resign. The Miami-area Republican resigned his … The post Joe Negron: Frank Artiles ‘made the right decision’ appeared first on Sai...

Florida’s unemployment rate dips to 4.8% in March
04/21/17 11:47 from Saint Petersblog
Florida’s unemployment rate is dropping. The state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent … The post Florida’s unemployment rate dips to 4.8% in March appeared first on...

Eric Draper: Florida making smart progress on solar
04/21/17 11:22 from Saint Petersblog
On a sunny day in Florida, I watched the American flag rise and fly over hundreds of acres of solar … The post Eric Draper: Florida making smart progress on solar appeared first on SaintPetersBlog .

Audrey Gibson responds to Frank Artiles’ ‘horrific’ tirade
04/21/17 10:53 from Saint Petersblog
Sen. Audrey Gibson on Thursday publicly responded to fellow Sen. Frank Artiles‘ racially-charged invective aimed at her earlier this week, saying … The post Audrey Gibson responds to Frank Artiles’ ‘horrific’...

Wexford responds to DOC’s cancellation of health care contract
04/21/17 10:19 from Saint Petersblog
Wexford Health Sources is striking back at the Department of Corrections for canceling its contract to provide health care services … The post Wexford responds to DOC’s cancellation of health care contract appeared first on S...

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