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Leaders of the Justice Department have sent a summary of Robert Mueller's main findings to key members of Congress. The special counsel's office completed its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Friday.

For years the Florida legislature has funded Visit Florida – a group charged with advertising and marketing tourism for the state. It works overseas, and around the country and also keeps track of the state’s tourism number. Now the agency is set to dissolve in October unless the legislature decides to keep it going.

But both chambers are at odds on whether it’s needed.

Robert Mueller may have completed his report, but other investigations into President Trump are expected to carry on for months.

There are, broadly, two kinds: those being undertaken from within the executive branch and those being run by members of Congress — mostly Democrats in control of major committees in the House.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost his bid in the gubernatorial race last year, has launched a push to register 1 million Florida residents to vote before the 2020 presidential election.

Tampa mayoral candidate and millionaire David Straz said he wouldn't accept a salary if elected. And he said his opponent Jane Castor shouldn't either.

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Attorney General William Barr received a report on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller about the findings from Mueller's investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election.

Hookers who’ve been convicted of prostitution three times, cyberstalkers and inmates who expose themselves to prison workers wouldn’t be eligible to have their voting rights automatically restored, under a House proposal aimed at carrying out a constitutional amendment approved in November.

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Last week, Tampa mayoral candidates Jane Castor and David Straz faced off in their first debate since the the primary.

American Airlines Suspends Flights To Venezuela

Mar 16, 2019

American Airlines is stopping flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns after the pilots' union told its members to refuse to work the flights.

American was the last major U.S. carrier to fly to the troubled country. It flew daily to Caracas and Maracaibo from Miami.

The airline said Friday it temporarily stopped the flights and won't operate to countries it doesn't consider safe.

Late Thursday night, the president of the Allied Pilots Association directed pilots to refuse Venezuela assignments.

Former Republican State Rep. David Jolly moderated a town hall with ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at the Tampa Museum of Art on March 14.
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The message of former Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz is clear: Americans are tired of partisan politics.

He told a group of business owners at a Thursday town hall hosted by the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce that his brand of politics could be the antidote to that apathy.

Former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam has been named CEO of the conservation group Ducks Unlimited.

A joint resolution that’s making its way through the House would change the way campaigns for statewide races are funded.

Are Florida’s public universities promoting intellectual freedom? Some state lawmakers don’t think so, and they want to survey schools on the issue. It’s part of a broader bill aimed at tweaking the way the schools are run and funded.

Mulling a run for president as an independent, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a speech at Miami-Dade College Wednesday that his presidency would be committed to bipartisanship and restoring civility and dignity in the U.S.

In front of more than 100 students and other invitees, Schultz criticized some Democrats for being too extreme and offered a glimpse of how he would campaign in South Florida.

A bill that would define anti-Semitism under Florida law and prohibit religion-based discrimination at public schools and universities is advancing in the Legislature.

Schultz To Visit Miami, Tampa As He Considers Presidential Bid

Mar 13, 2019
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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is set to provide more details on what an independent presidency could look like despite not yet deciding whether to enter the White House race himself.

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Florida is known for providing easy access to public records. But Barbara Petersen of the Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation says the 2019 legislative session is remarkable for the broad records exemptions bills that are being filed.

Former Illinois Republican Rep. Steve Andersson talks about the history of the Equal Rights Amendment at a Athena Society luncheon in Tampa.
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Florida could become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment if resolutions by Democratic state lawmakers are approved.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and organizations want to make distracted driving a primary offense. 

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Jane Castor spent the first day after her near-win in the race for Tampa mayor picking up a key endorsement.

It was no surprise, because the endorsement came from Bob Buckhorn. The former police chief and the soon-to-be-former mayor stood shoulder to shoulder at Water Works Park on the Hillsborough River.

Four Keys cities and Monroe County have sent FEMA bills for more than $91 million from Hurricane Irma. A year and a half after the storm, they have received less than 12 percent of the money.

Senate President Bill Galvano on Tuesday entered his first legislative session at the helm of the Senate like a coach encouraging his team before taking the field.

Deviating from loosely prepared comments, Galvano stressed the importance of time management and didn’t bring up his priorities, which include extending the Suncoast Parkway and Florida Turnpike toll roads and building a new highway between Polk and Collier counties to handle future growth and provide an economic spark for rural areas.

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There will be a runoff election April 23 to decide who will be the next mayor of Tampa. On Tuesday, former Police Chief Jane Castor got just under the 50 percent of the vote she needed to become mayor outright.

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Lakeland commissioners will consider in coming weeks whether to close almost half of its voting precincts for the next municipal election.

In Florida, two months into the job, Florida's new governor is showing what it means to be a Trump conservative, Florida-style.

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Voters in the city of Tampa will go to the polls Tuesday to select a new mayor to replace Bob Buckhorn, who's being term-limited out of office. The odds are the race will go to a runoff.

New Leaders, New Agendas As Florida Legislature Set To Begin

Mar 3, 2019

Florida's 2019 Legislative session begins Tuesday with a new governor, new Legislative leaders, and new priorities.

The Florida Bar has confirmed to WLRN that it has opened an investigation into a tweet sent on Tuesday by Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, which some have interpreted as witness tampering. Gaetz is a Bar certified attorney in Florida.

The tweet was directed towards President Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is testifying before Congress today about his relationship with the President.

Michael Cohen's ties to politics have been a roller coaster the past four years.

As President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, Cohen played a crucial role in Trump's ascension, ultimately to the White House.

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Donald Trump apparently blessed the meeting his son took with the Russian delegation to get dirt on opponents in 2016 and welcomed advance word of efforts by WikiLeaks to disrupt the election, his former lawyer told Congress on Wednesday.

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