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LA Times: Florida tax rebate plan could backfire

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Seeking to be family friendly, Florida may have learned a hard lesson in how not to be Hollywood friendly. The Sunshine state startled the film industry recently when a bill was introduced in the state Legislature that would disqualify movies and TV shows that contained “nontraditional family values” from receiving a supplemental “family friendly” tax credit that’s been in effect for a couple of years. The bill, unanimously endorsed last week by a key legislative committee, is part of a…

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State rep’s proposal would exclude gay-themed productions from tax credit

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From the Sun-Sentinnel: Movie and TV productions with gay characters could be ineligible for a tax credit being considered in the state House. Current state law grants tax credits on productions considered “family friendly” — with no smoking, sex, nudity or profane language. The proposal by Republican Rep. Stephen Precourt of Orlando would increase the credit and expand the field of disqualified productions as those that include any “exhibit or implied act” of nontraditional family values and gratuitous violence. Precourt…

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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s election

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Forget about Bill Foster winning and Kathleen Ford losing, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Election. Here’s a running list of who really won and who really, really lost. Winners The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Johnny Bardine, Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Bardine, Jim Kennedy’s man on the ground, saved a campaign that had been floundering, Lipinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a…

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St. Petersburg’s elections have become a frustrating choice of black…or rainbow?

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From reading the St. Petersburg Times‘ coverage of the municipal elections, one could be forgiven for thinking there is not a single white, straight voter in the entire city of St. Petersburg. Voters are either black or gay or they just don’t seem to matter, especially if they don’t have an opinion on where to build a new stadium. Since the primary, story after story has been written about Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford’s efforts to court the African-American vote.…

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Angela Rouson picks up another endorsement, launches TV ad campaign — and my thoughts on Mike Atwater’s endorsement

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Angela Rouson capped off an impressive week of campaigning with the an announcement that Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock has endorsed her campaign: According to Rouson’s media release, Commissioner Bostock provided the following remarks – “These are challenging times for all levels of government. We need leaders like Angela Rouson; leaders who have the experience necessary to make difficult choices. Of course, I also admire Angela’s compassion and vision. That is why I am supporting her for City Council.” With…

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Steve Kornell jabs at Angela Rouson in dueling mail-pieces to early voters

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The question “Who says…?” is at the center of the debate between Steve Kornell and Angela Rouson in their campaign to win the District 5 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. Both candidates mailed direct mail-pieces (both of which are heads-and-shoulders better than the butt-wipe the Mayoral Candidates mailed out) to the so-called early voters and the differences between the two is obvious: Steve Kornell is a recreation leader, Angela Rouson is a leader, period. Kornell’s mail-piece is actually…

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Pinellas Stonewall Democrats re-issue press release endorsing Scott Wagman, only this time they blast Bill Foster

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On the organization’s website, the Pinellas Stonewall Democrats have re-issued their press release endorsing Scott Wagman for Mayor of St. Petersburg. You’ll notice the Stonewalls continue to misleadingly frame this election as a battle against Foster. They are trying to drive turnout for Scott Wagman by making Foster out as the bogeyman. The Stonewalls don’t have to like Foster and Foster hasn’t been a friend to the gay community. But, by attacking Foster for Wagman, all the Stonewalls are really…

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