Confederate monument supporters mourn its upcoming removal in Tampa
08/19/17 12:55 from Saint Petersblog
Supporters of the Confederate monument in Tampa that will soon be moved to a cemetery in Brandon held a ceremony mourning its removal on Saturday morning. The group of about 20 people gathered shortly before 10 a.m. across the street at ...

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Lottery cleans up after ‘housecleaning’
08/19/17 07:20 from Saint Petersblog
And now for some good news out of Tallahassee, the Florida Lottery this week announced, “it has reached the $32 billion mark in contributions for the state’s” education fund. Maybe Lottery Secretary Jim Poppell’s ‘housecleaning’ is payin...

Blake Dowling: The official column of hotel tech, Tally, Japan and the FBI
08/19/17 07:00 from Saint Petersblog
This past weekend, I attended the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference. As usual, it was a very positive experience. It was my 11th consecutive conference, and to be surrounded by so many clients, elected officials, and business pa...

Conviction upheld in Tampa Bay terror plot
08/19/17 06:56 from Saint Petersblog
A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction and 40-year prison sentence of a man convicted in a plot to carry out terror attacks in the Tampa Bay area as “payback” for the death of Osama bin Laden. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of...

1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida
08/19/17 06:02 from Saint Petersblog
One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday. One officer was killed and...

At Tampa Tiger Bay, advocates push for restoring felon voting rights
08/18/17 18:11 from Saint Petersblog
This summer, the Tampa Tiger Bay Club has bypassed inviting politicians into its den. Instead the organization has asked speakers to discuss pressing issues facing Florida.This has often led to advocates and critics of an issue dueling i...

Confederate monument issue prompts Kimberly Overman to enter race for Hillsborough County Commission
08/18/17 17:25 from Saint Petersblog
Certified financial planner and Seminole Heights activist Kimberly Overman has filed to run for the countywide District 7 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. Overman becomes the fourth Democrat to enter the contest for what will ...

Personnel note: Richard Reeves departs GrayRobinson to start own firm
08/18/17 17:19 from Saint Petersblog
Richard Reeves, a veteran lobbyist who founded his own firm before joining another that merged with GrayRobinson last year, now is leaving the firm, he told Florida Politics Friday.  “I wanted to be out on my own again,” he s...

Florida provides sickening blueprint for what Republicans want to do to sick kids on Medicaid
08/18/17 16:05 from Daily Kos
CNN just published an in-depth, horrifying investigative story on the state of Florida's 2014-15 to systematically remove sick and disabled children from "a highly respected program called Children's Medical Services, or CMS, a part of F...

Tampa’s I-75 Confederate flag is one man’s mission
08/18/17 15:47 from Saint Petersblog
Marion Lambert is unapologetic about the abundance of Confederate flags that surround him. A faded pillow with the flag’s print sits on the porch chair of his quirky urban farm in South Tampa, an area known more for craft beers and...

Starbucks chairman questions country’s ‘moral fiber’
08/18/17 15:37 from Saint Petersblog
Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz says the events surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend have put the “moral fiber” of the country in question. Schultz said at an employee forum in Seattle on Tue...

Jack Latvala files legislation to save Florida’s beaches
08/18/17 14:49 from Saint Petersblog
Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican and candidate for governor, said in a press release he’s “introduced legislation to help repair Florida’s outdated ranking criteria to restore Florida’s beaches.” “Beache...

Volunteers Still Needed at Broward College in Davie
08/18/17 13:49 from BlueBroward.org
    Volunteers are still needed on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM at Broward College in Davie!     Please contact me if you can help out with voter registration and petition collection.     Alan     954-472-6211 Virus...

Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House
08/18/17 13:19 from Saint Petersblog
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That’s according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. Bannon was a k...

Rick Scott: I will do ‘everything I can’ to ensure Jimmy Patronis stays CFO in 2018
08/18/17 12:38 from Saint Petersblog
A day after state Sen. Tom Lee indicated that he would enter the race for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Gov. Rick Scott committed to helping current CFO Jimmy Patronis stay in the role. “I’ve known Jimmy for a long...

Rick Scott: I will do ‘everything I can’ to ensure Jimmy Patronis stays CFO in 2018
08/18/17 12:38 from Saint Petersblog
A day after state Sen. Tom Lee indicated he would enter the race for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Gov. Rick Scott committed to helping current CFO Jimmy Patronis stay in the position. “I’ve known Jimmy for a long ...

Report: St. Petersburg Bowl renamed the, um, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
08/18/17 10:46 from Saint Petersblog
The St. Petersburg Bowl has been renamed the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, reports college football insider Brett McMurphy of ESPN. Despite the name change, the game will remain at Tropicana Field. Changing the name to “Gasparill...

Rick Scott: Florida unemployment down to 4.1 percent
08/18/17 10:25 from Saint Petersblog
Gov. Rick Scott announced the creation of more than 26,000 private-sector jobs in July, with the unemployment rate remaining at “the lowest rate in a decade, 4.1 percent.” “Over the past six and a half years, we have worked relentlessly ...

Eric Skains exiting executive director position at St. Pete Pride
08/18/17 09:50 from Saint Petersblog
Eric Skains, who has served as the executive director of St. Pete Pride for the past five years, is stepping down from his position. Skains’ resignation is effective August 31. The Houston native is moving back to his hometown to t...

Christopher Licata switches to running in House District 69
08/18/17 08:54 from Saint Petersblog
After initially planning to run in 2018 to try to replace House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, Republican Christopher Licata this week switched races to run for an open Pinellas County House seat. Licata filed paperwork with the state Divis...

New Call For Wasserman Schultz to Be “Held Accountable For Her Conduct” In IT Scandal
08/18/17 08:36 from Shark Tank
Moments before delivering the invocation at the annual Palm Beach GOP’s Lobsterfest event, Rep. Ron DeSantis (D) stated that Wasserman Schultz needed to be “held accountable for her conduct.” The post New Call For Wasserman Schultz to Be...

Why Didn’t Pelosi Take Down Confederacy-Era Statues As Speaker?
08/18/17 08:04 from Shark Tank
Who we are as nation is a direct result to all of the trials and tribulations, the rights and wrongs  that we as a nation have committed in the past, including the War of Independence, the Civil War, slavery, segregation, and even every ...

Trump, Pence and Others Respond to Islamic Terror Attacks In Barcelona
08/18/17 07:10 from Shark Tank
Spanish authorities are warning that the death toll from the Las Ramblas van attack could rise from the initial 13 dead because of the severity of the 100 reported injured. The post Trump, Pence and Others Respond to Islamic Terror Attac...

Joe Henderson: Hillsborough commissioners get their answer: Move the damn monument
08/18/17 04:15 from Saint Petersblog
If Hillsborough County commissioners were looking to the community for guidance about the Confederate war monument that has been so much in the news lately, even the oft-tone deaf representatives couldn’t fail to hear what was bein...

Sunburn for 8.18.17 – Rick Scott’s lunch date; Tom Lee to run for CFO; Speaker doles out new cmte. assignments; Bill Nelson’s proud of Marco Rubio; The poker player with the heart of gold
08/18/17 04:00 from Saint Petersblog
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, and Jim Rosica. Good morning. Let’s start with ‘welcome to the world’ messages for two sets of parents in The Pr...

Donald Trump’s die-hard supporters show no signs of straying
08/17/17 21:26 from Saint Petersblog
They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white...

Florida man pays mom’s bills with $23,000 poker tourney win
08/17/17 20:51 from Saint Petersblog
A 30-year-old Florida man is using the $23,000 he won in a Mississippi poker tournament to help with his mother’s medical bills. John Langevin tells the Pensacola News-Journal he didn’t tell his mother, Josephine Langevin, wh...

Justin Smoak’s tie-breaking homer leads Jays over Rays
08/17/17 20:39 from Saint Petersblog
Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday. Smoak hit a two-run drive off Tommy Hunter (2-4), his 33rd, as the Blue...

Richard Corcoran releases new committee assignments
08/17/17 18:42 from Saint Petersblog
House Speaker Richard Corcoran released his committee assignments for the 2018 Legislative Session Thursday with just a few changes from 2017, notably some freshmen getting vice chairmanships and new chairs for the Ways and Means and Com...

Donald Trump has lost moral authority to govern, Rick Kriseman says
08/17/17 17:45 from Saint Petersblog
By directly criticizing Donald Trump’s statements regarding Confederate symbols and monuments, Rick Kriseman is able to indirectly criticize Rick Baker for not calling out the president. “By defending symbols of hate and hate...

Jack Latvala vows more mental health, substance abuse money, rips Richard Corcoran
08/17/17 17:14 from Saint Petersblog
Speaking before a crowd of mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala promised more money for their causes and lashed out at Speaker Richard Corcoran and House Republicans f...

Save Southern Heritage to file lawsuit blocking Confederate monument move
08/17/17 16:43 from Saint Petersblog
While advocates supporting the removal of the Confederate monument in Tampa were celebrating on Thursday afternoon after the private fundraising goal required to move the statue was raised in 24 hours. critics say the issue isn’t o...

Jim Kennedy backs Robert Blackmon for St. Pete City Council
08/17/17 16:28 from Saint Petersblog
St. Petersburg City Councilman Jim Kennedy is backing Robert Blackmon in the crowded campaign to succeed Karl Nurse in the City Council District 6 race. “I’m supporting Robert Blackmon because his longtime ties to the community and knowl...

Hillsborough Confederate monument to move after donations reached threshold in 24 hours
08/17/17 15:49 from Saint Petersblog
Led by two huge contributions, the private sector raised well in excess of the $140,000 required by the Hillsborough County Commission to move a controversial Confederate monument in Tampa. Bob Gries, the founder and managing partner of ...

Hillsborough Sheriff hopeful Chad Chronister says MS-13 gang not much of threat
08/17/17 14:34 from Saint Petersblog
Chad Chronister says that in his interview with Rick Scott last week, the governor asked him why he should appoint him to succeed David Gee as the next Sheriff of Hillsborough County. “I love what I do, I love my job, I love it as ...

Art Graham, Ronald Brisé win nominations to be returned to PSC
08/17/17 14:22 from Saint Petersblog
Art Graham and Ronald Brisé on Thursday won nominations to be returned to their seats on the Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities in the state. If selected, both men would serve third terms; each was first ...

After approval to move Tampa's Confederate statue, local officials add another hurdle for removal
08/17/17 14:12 from Daily Kos
Last month, the Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to remove the Confederate state monument in Tampa. Now, the  Tampa Bay Times reports , the commissioners are trying to avoid upholding their promise. If the money needed to move Tam...

Tampa Chamber of Commerce commits $70K to effort to move Confederate monument
08/17/17 14:07 from Saint Petersblog
The Confederate monument outside of a Hillsborough County building is a step closer to being moved. Make that seventy thousand steps closer. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce today announced it was committing $70,000 to relocate the ...

Senate committees to meet three days in September
08/17/17 13:48 from Saint Petersblog
Starting to prepare for the 2018 Legislative Session, Senate committees will hold meetings over three days in mid-September, according to a tentative schedule posted online. The meetings are slated to start the afternoon of Sept. 12, wit...

Rays looking more like a pretender each day
08/17/17 13:36 from Saint Petersblog
When the All-Star break arrived on July 9, the Tampa Bay Rays were legitimate contenders for a playoff berth. They were 47-43 and tied for second place with the New York Yankees in the American League East. They were three and one-half g...

Broward Democratic Party Newsletter # 1
08/17/17 12:05 from BlueBroward.org
BDP  NEWSEMAIL #1 This is the first issue of our new Broward Democratic Newsemail.  It is meant to communicate to you events – dates – Opinions and the activities of your club (area). However, the Broward Democratic Club cannot spo...

FL-Gov: Gwen Graham (D) Slams Gov. Rick Scott's (R) Silence On Trump's Remarks Defending Neo-Nazis
08/17/17 11:46 from Daily Kos
Received this e-mail today from former Rep. Gwen Graham’s (D. FL) gubernatorial campaign: Gwen Graham (D. FL)   Public officials from coast to coast -- both Democrats, and even some Republicans -- have condemned Donald Trump’s outrageous...

Cities face ‘all or nothing’ choices on medical marijuana
08/17/17 11:45 from Saint Petersblog
Florida cities and counties are in a dilemma about pot. State lawmakers approved regulations in June that left city and county officials with a Hobson’s choice about the sale of medical marijuana in their communities. Local governm...

Joe Henderson: Tom Lee gets closer to formally entering CFO race
08/17/17 11:08 from Saint Petersblog
State Sen. Tom Lee of Thonotosassa has never been shy about discussing his ambition to become Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, but he has stopped short of formally declaring his candidacy to run in 2018. That likely is about to change....

Bob Buckhorn ponies up $1,000 to fund to remove Confederate monument
08/17/17 10:39 from Saint Petersblog
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has contributed $1,000 to the private fundraising effort to pay for removing a controversial Confederate monument. “Not a City statue but I have a moral obligation to do my part. Now take it down,” th...

Latvala’s campaign pick up first endorsements as Miami and Orlando firefighters back Jack
08/17/17 10:18 from Saint Petersblog
On the floor of the Florida Senate, Pinellas Republican Jack Latvala likes to say that no one in the Legislature has worked as hard as he has to take care of the state’s first responders, particularly local police and fire fighter ...

Senate demands information in harassment lawsuit against Maria Sachs
08/17/17 09:58 from Saint Petersblog
A federal judge has given an ex-aide to former state Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs till next Tuesday to explain why he shouldn’t provide information in his still-pending sexual harassment case. Matthew Damsky, then 28, had sued the Florid...

Gwen Graham calls on Rick Scott to ‘immediately denounce’ Donald Trump’s Charlottesville comments
08/17/17 08:56 from Saint Petersblog
Rick Scott is set to sit down to lunch with President Trump this afternoon at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Gwen Graham says there’s no better time for him to do what he has declined to do all week — cri...

Someone targeted in the FBI probe of the City of Tallahassee HAS to be arrested, right?
08/17/17 07:44 from Saint Petersblog
Just because the FBI launched an investigation into redevelopment deals involving prominent business owners and developers in the state capital doesn’t mean the feds would eventually put someone in handcuffs. But, as Tallahassee De...

Top Senate Republicans holding Big Apple fundraiser Thursday
08/17/17 05:02 from Saint Petersblog
If you’ve ever dreamed of slurping spaghetti with state senators, top Florida Republicans have an offer you can’t refuse, so long as you can snag a flight to the Big Apple pronto. Senate President Joe Negron will make a fundraising trip ...

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