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Carl Domino: Bridging the justice gap pays off for Floridians in multiple ways

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When I was a member of the Florida Legislature, I always supported efforts to expand access to justice. It’s a right that’s enshrined in the Pledge of Allegiance, the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution: “The courts shall be open to every person for redress of any injury, and justice shall be administered without sale, denial or delay.” But let’s be honest. Our legal system can be complex and difficult to navigate without an attorney, and many people cannot afford…

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Pinellas Park church’s “white privilege” message draws ire from closet racists

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A church in Pinellas Park is catching flack for a message on its sign calling on white people to use their “privilege” to fight injustice. The reference to white privilege has a bunch of white people in a tizzy claiming, get this, that it’s discriminatory. Yep, you read that right. Some people think a church wanting to fight institutional racism is discriminating against white people. This is probably one of the reasons Pinellas Park, despite having some quite lovely neighborhoods,…

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Tampa Police Dept. treatment of blacks blasted at Justice Dept. town hall meeting

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There was some anger. There was a lot of pain. But there wasn’t a whole log of hope expressed by Tampa residents regarding the treatment they’ve received from the Tampa Police Department at a town hall meeting hosted by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in Ybor City Tuesday night. This was the second time that the COPS office has visited Tampa since a Tampa Bay Times expose in April revealed that the Tampa Police Department had issued…

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Karen Seel, Janet Long stand up for Scott Houghton-Wagman?

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I just can’t stand Scott Wagman’s campaign. It’s borderline irrational because I agree with Mr. Houghton-Wagman on most of the issues. I just can’t stomach the sense of noblesse oblige that drips from his campaign. You can see it in this picture taken at one of his fundraisers. Imagine Houghton-Wagman’s brain at work. “If I can just get this picture of Karen Seel and Janet Long standing next to me, that’s almost as good as endorsement. Because someone will follow…

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