Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., plans to push more Republicans to support paid parental leave, a policy that has traditionally been a Democratic priority. “We are hoping that we can continue to work to preach the gospel of paid family leave within our own party and sort of reframe the orthodoxyContinue Reading

Tampa, Florida WWE Executives and Superstars gathered alongside Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, and Tampa Bay Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins today at Raymond James Stadium to announce that Tampa will host Wrestlemania 36 in 2020. More details to follow. See updated press release: Tampa MayorContinue Reading

Last week it was reported that a Citrus County School District Middle School teacher was was running the white nationalist podcast “Unapologetic”. The podcast was run by Crystal River Middle School social studies teacher Dayanna Volitich, who ran the show under the pseudonym, “Tiana Dalichov”. School district officials, upon learning of the report, removed VolitichContinue Reading

Earlier this week, the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Congressman Gus Bilirakis passed the House of Representatives. This important legislation addresses the need to invest in continued research to assist the millions of Americans living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). It is estimated that there are currently between 2-3Continue Reading

Last week,  Florida’s House of Representatives formally recognized the public health harms of pornography. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds this action and Rep. Ross Spano for spearheading this effort. “Public health impacts of pornography are no trivial matter,” said Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Research and EducationContinue Reading

Rep, Kathy Castor (D) of Florida’s 14th Congressional District voted no last month on HR 4712 – The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The bill required practitioners who are present when an abortion procedure results in a “child born alive” ( a fetus that has been removed from the uterus at any stageContinue Reading

While voters will take to the polls in Pinellas, Manatee and Polk counties to cast ballots for mayor and/or various referendums, the big race in the area is in St. Pete: Rick Kriseman, the mayor of St. Petersburg versus the former mayor Rick Baker taking back the office. The two candidates have raised $2.6 millionContinue Reading

“Vote Anti-Abortion” will be the message from Created Equal to citizens as a voter-education campaign comes to Tampa on November 3, 2016 and St. Petersburg on November 5. This initiative travels across the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida in the days before the 2016 Presidential election. The “Vote Anti-Abortion” FloridaContinue Reading

A judge extended Florida’s voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew, calling it “irrational” for the state to reject the idea. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Monday extended the deadline from Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday and then during a hearing Wednesday, Walker extended the voter registration deadline in theContinue Reading

Today, after speaking with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) regarding Tropical Depression 9, Governor Rick Scott will be visiting Tampa’s Emergency Operations Center to be briefed on the storm’s potential impacts to the area. This morning, the State Emergency Operations Center elevated its status to Level Two inContinue Reading

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), along with Congressmen Dennis Ross (FL-15) and David Jolly (FL-13), recently sent a letter to bipartisan leaders of Congress requesting additional funding and resources to address the Zika virus. The members write: “To date, health officials have identified roughly 500 travel-related infections of the Zika virusContinue Reading

With the reports of five additional locally transmitted Zika virus infections in the state of Florida, including the first case in Pinellas County, US Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, David Jolly had some things to say about calling on Congress to return to Washington, D.C. to pass a long-term Zika fundingContinue Reading

Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14) today visited with patients and families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Chronic-Complex to update the progress of the ACE Kids Act in Congress and build momentum on getting it passed this year. The ACE Kids Act is modeled after the “medical home” conceptContinue Reading

Parents across Florida shopping for the upcoming school year get a smaller, shorter back-to-school sales tax holiday than last year. The Florida 2016 Sales Tax Holiday is only this weekend as legislators rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s plan for ten full days. Florida state officials also recently voted to cut allowances on clothing,Continue Reading

Move over Tampa, St. Petersburg looks like the front-runner to become home to the first Cuban consulate in the United States in more than five decades. The Cuban Consular General and his deputy from the embassy in Washington, D.C. visited St. Petersburg over the weekend, but they did more than justContinue Reading

Indiana governor and GOP Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence visited the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay Tuesday, talking about taxes, cutting red tape, but avoided Donald Trump’s remarks describing some illegal immigrants from as “rapists” and “killers” (a stereotype proven accurate by some analysis.) “He didn’t address anything specific regarding the HispanicContinue Reading

The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC), Florida’s leading advocate for electing pro-medicine candidates to office, today endorsed candidate Eric Lynn in his bid for Florida House District 68. Chris Pittman, M.D., President of Florida Medical Association’s PAC, stated, “The FMA PAC is proud to stand with Eric Lynn forContinue Reading