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Sean Shaw and Darryl Rouson attempt to deal with Florida’s ban on voting rights for ex-felons on the front end

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Under current Florida law, those who are convicted of any felony lose the right to vote, the right to sit on a jury, the right to hold public office, and the right to possess a firearm, unless they are granted the restoration of their civil rights by the state Office of Executive Clemency.
Legislation being sponsored by Tampa Bay area Democrats Darryl Rouson and Sean Shaw would end the automatic suspension of civil rights for those convicted of a non-violent felony.
“Even if the sentence has been served, a felony conviction in the State of Florida is a lifelong punishment,” says House District 59 Representative Sean Shaw

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Tampa Bay area legislative delegation tries to figure out if local governments can work together on a transportation fix

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
State legislators representing the eight counties that make up the Tampa Bay area Legislative Delegation spent two hours in Clearwater on Wednesday discussing attempts to find a way to begin adequately dealing with the region’s myriad transportation issues.
According to a new white paper prepared by the D.C. based Enos Center for Transportation for the Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional structure for transportation planning, operations and decision-making is paramount to developing a regional transportation system. Which might make an interested observer ask – isn’t that what TBARTA was supposed to be all about?
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority was created

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Citizens come together in Ybor City to protest Donald Trump’s executive order on refugees

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Donald Trump’s executive order suspending the entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days inspired a crowd of several hundred (maybe a thousand?) to gather in Centennial Park in Tampa’s Ybor City on Sunday afternoon. The people were united in sharing their extreme disapproval of Trump’s decision, creating the second day of national protests against his administration in the first nine days of his presidency.
The order also barred Syrian refugees from entering the country immediately, and blocked entry into the U.S. for 90 days for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
“It’s never right to be racist,” said Tampa House

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Sean Shaw files legislation to get funds for Cuban Club and Florida Community Catalyst Project

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Tampa House Democrat Sean Shaw has submitted his first appropriations submissions for the 2017 session.
The freshman lawmaker is requesting $1 million for rehabbing the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City. According to the budget request, the facility has damaged structural support columns, beams and floor slabs on all four floors that would be removed and replaced in order to achieve the structural stability of the building. Part of the deteriorated southern part of the building as well as its adjoining fire escape will be removed and replaced. There is also a local match of nearly the same amount ($960, 571).
Shaw is also requesting

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New video from Richard Corcoran boasts ‘We are One House’

Friday, January 13th, 2017
A new video produced by the Florida House seeks to remind citizens of the Sunshine State that lawmakers, who will soon convene for the 2017 Legislative Session in March, are united in service to all Floridians.
In the clip from Speaker Richard Corcoran’s First Principles Production, group of Florida House members show that — despite political differences — “We are One House.”
The 90-second video — which begins with the passing of the gavel between former Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Corcoran — features a stream of House members such as Republican Reps. Jose Diaz (HD 116), Alexandra Miller (HD 72), Michael

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By-law change add controversy to Monday night’s Hillsborough DEC election

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Viewed from a certain angle, the Democratic Party resembles a smoking pile of rubble in the wake of last month’s general election. Not only will Donald Trump become President in less than two months, but the Senate, House and Supreme Court are all in Republican control now.
Instead of giving up though, there appears to be a grassroots revival in certain quarters of the party, such as in Hillsborough County.
At their first meeting after the election debacle last month, several hundred people showed up at the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee’s November monthly meeting, a crowd so large that an

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By-law change add controversy to Monday night’s Hillsborough DEC election

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Viewed from a certain angle, the Democratic Party resembles a smoking pile of rubble in the wake of last month’s general election. Not only will Donald Trump become President in less than two months, but the Senate, House and Supreme Court are all in Republican control now.
Instead of giving up though, there appears to be a grassroots revival in certain quarters of the party, such as in Hillsborough County.
At their first meeting after the election debacle last month, several hundred people showed up at the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee’s November monthly meeting, a crowd so large that an

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Hillsborough legislative delegation to meet December 16

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
With Tallahassee a four-hour drive away, the annual meeting of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation to be held in two weeks in Tampa could very possibly be the only time local residents can address their state representative(s).

That meeting will take place on Friday, December 16 at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, from 9 a.m. to 3.p.m.
The Delegation consists of 13 members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives that represent all or parts of Hillsborough County. Senators Dana Young, Bill Galvano, Darryl Rouson will join Brandon area state Senator Tom Lee , who serves this year as the

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Final round-up of the money chase in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
On Friday, candidates released their final campaign finance reports before Election Day, and reports out of Senate District 18 show Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young pressing her fundraising advantage in the race with $1.2 million in spending.
Young spent more than $500,000 of campaign’s war chest in between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3, most of it heading to a media buy with Mentzer Media Services.
The exiting House Majority Leader also raised $67,000 for her SD 18 campaign, leaving her with about $113,000 on hand in her campaign account heading into the final few days of the election cycle.
Her political committee,

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Tampa Democrats try to woo black voters to get behind Hillary Clinton

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
With the registration deadline to vote in the November election approaching next week, the Democratic Party and their allies held a couple of events in Tampa this weekend to attempt to get as many voters as possible on the rolls.
While U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy fired up volunteers as they prepared to register voters Sunday in Ybor City, another event — designed to get more black voters registered — was held Saturday at a barbershop. For Our Future, a liberal super PAC created by Tom Steyer and four major labor groups sponsored the event.
Among African-American voters in Florida, Hillary Clinton isn’t hitting the same historical marks

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