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'My job was to normalize hate. And I was good at it.'

'My job was to normalize hate. And I was good at it.'

/He knew of the violence. He stayed. Can he help undo what he fueled? Scott Ernest sat on his aunt’s couch in Lakeland, beard overgrown, scrolling Twitter. He’d been stressed — with the pandemic, he has been out of work. A plan to buy a place in his beloved Montana fell through. He’s been forced to lean on family, muddling through until he can, he hopes, get into the University of South Florida’s Master of Public Health program.The morning of Jan. 6, he turned on MSNBC to watch the votes that would certify President Joe Biden’s victory. He smoked some medical marijuana, craving a moment of...

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A Super Bowl in tough times? Who better to host than Tampa, Mayor Castor says,

A Super Bowl in tough times? Who better to host than Tampa, Mayor Castor says,

/It can be done safely despite the coronavirus, health experts say, like at Orlando’s theme parks. But there’s no enforcement planned here.

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What a Biden presidency means for Florida: 5 things to watch

What a Biden presidency means for Florida: 5 things to watch

/From Cuba and global warming to the space race, the new Democratic president faces decisions that will affect the Sunshine State. The following first appeared in the Buzz newsletter, a weekly dive into the power, politics and influence shaping Florida from Political Editor Steve Contorno and the Tampa Bay Times politics team. To subscribe and receive it in your email inbox each week for free, .The Rundown: Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States.If you want to read about the Florida reaction, . We have plenty on , too. What about Kamala Harris’ historic day? . Prefer...

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Congressman urges probe of Pasco school data program

Congressman urges probe of Pasco school data program

/The school district shares student data with the Sheriff’s Office, which uses it to identify potential future criminals.Denouncing the program as promoting “racial bias” and further feeding the “school-to-prison pipeline,” a U.S. congressman Tuesday called for a federal investigation into the Pasco school district’s practice of sharing student data with law enforcement.“This use of student records goes against the letter and the spirit of (the federal student privacy law) and risks subjecting students, especially Black and Latino students, to excessive law enforcement interactions and...

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Trump acolyte ‘MyPillow Guy’ considering run for Minnesota governor

Trump acolyte ‘MyPillow Guy’ considering run for Minnesota governor

/Mike Lindell is one of several Trump die-hards who are considering running on former president’s legacy. MINNEAPOLIS — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about sabotaged voting machines — off on staffers. But the Trump true believer says he has something from Trump that softens that blow: the promise of an endorsement. The president has told him before that he...

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Did the Trump administration make it harder for Florida to expand Medicaid on its way out the door?

Did the Trump administration make it harder for Florida to expand Medicaid on its way out the door?

/Hospital advocates say the answer is no. Some advocates worry the answer is yes.TALLAHASSEE — At first, Florida only wanted the federal government to re-up the state’s Medicaid program into 2024. But last week, in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidential administration, the feds extended the state’s program through June 2030.That struck some Florida advocates for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as suspicious timing. Under Florida’s current system, the state hospitals that provide so-called “charity care” to the poorest patients get reimbursed by a combination of...

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Trump’s pardons full of Florida scammers, rappers and well-connected

Trump’s pardons full of Florida scammers, rappers and well-connected

/Stephen Bannon, two rappers and convicted fraudsters to benefit from the presidential power.An eye doctor convicted in the biggest Medicare fraud in the nation’s history. A Miami developer charged in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal. And five executives accused of defrauding the state of Florida.That’s a sampling of the people with Florida ties who received one of President Donald Trump’s last-minute pardons just before he left the White House. received a pardon or commutation of their sentence early Wednesday morning. Though the final list did not include Trump or his family,...

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What does Biden rejoining the Paris Agreement mean for Florida?

What does Biden rejoining the Paris Agreement mean for Florida?

/The Biden effect in Florida: From electric cars to solar energy, advocates hope a shift in tone has real impact on the ground.Editor’s note: Hours after his inauguration, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to re-enter the United States into the Paris Agreement.President-elect Joe Biden has vowed that one of his first priorities after taking office Jan. 20 will be to get the United States back in the Paris Agreement, a global pact to slow climate change.Practically speaking, the move is little more than a signal of collaboration to the rest of the world after President Donald...

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Jan 13
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After Capitol riots, Trump’s Florida supporters huddle online, plan and wait

After Capitol riots, Trump’s Florida supporters huddle online, plan and wait

/They were told their leader would remain in office despite losing the election. He won’t. What now?They descended on the nation’s capital hoping to disrupt a democratic election, then returned to Tampa Bay: a real estate broker, a tech adviser, a singing coach, a coffee shop owner and many more.Some were former tea party members. Others came to politics more recently. They organized in groups, calling themselves “Tampa Bay Trump Club,” “Community Patriots of Pinellas” and “deplorables.” For years, they had listened to one man’s word above all else: President Donald Trump’s.In the days...

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Former Florida GOP candidate arrested in storming of U.S. Capitol

Former Florida GOP candidate arrested in storming of U.S. Capitol

/“We just went ahead and stormed the Capitol. It’s about to get ugly,” he says in a Facebook video he recorded.A Miami member of the extremist Proud Boys group who once ran unsuccessfully for elected office was arrested early Tuesday on allegations he took part in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.Gabriel Garcia made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday as a criminal complaint against him was unsealed. He is being charged with engaging in acts of civil disorder, entering restricted grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.According to a criminal...

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Here’s a look at some of the people arrested so far in the Capitol riot

Here’s a look at some of the people arrested so far in the Capitol riot

/More than 125 people have been arrested on charges from curfew violations to theft and weapons possession.WASHINGTON — More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed. Charges from the Jan. 6 riot range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.From a man pictured kicking his feet up on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to a far right-wing media personality known...

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Florida’s Rick Scott’s vote on election may hinder him in new Senate GOP role

Florida’s Rick Scott’s vote on election may hinder him in new Senate GOP role

/Scott was one of eight Senate Republicans to vote last week against certifying the Electoral College results. Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott spent the beginning of this week facing calls for his resignation from a job he had yet to start.Scott, one of eight Senate Republicans to vote last week against certifying the Electoral College results in either Arizona or Pennsylvania or both states, on Monday began a two-year term leading the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the fundraising arm for Senate Republicans. But on Sunday, even before he’d officially begun, Democratic groups...

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Jan 12
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In Tampa Bay area, 2,000 Republicans switch parties in days after Capitol riot

In Tampa Bay area, 2,000 Republicans switch parties in days after Capitol riot

/More than half the Republican switchers changed to no party affiliation, while about 300 became Democrats. The rest went to minor parties.Since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, what appears to be an unusual number of Republicans in the three biggest Tampa Bay area counties have switched parties, mostly to no party affiliation, but some becoming Democrats.News reports in Florida and nationwide have noted a similar phenomenon elsewhere, with voters citing anger at President Donald Trump and his supporters.But at least a few Republicans may also be switching out of anger that...

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Jan 15
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DeSantis’ top legislative priority: Stopping censorship of conservatives online

DeSantis’ top legislative priority: Stopping censorship of conservatives online

/DeSantis lamented the loss of Parler, a far-right Twitter alternative that was taken offline by Amazon Web Services after it allegedly failed to regulate hate speech and violent language.TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis laid out a top policy priority on Thursday, but it wasn’t shoring up the economy or slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Nor was it stopping protests from turning into riots.DeSantis said his top legislative goal “to get right” in 2021 and beyond is to prevent the censorship of conservatives online by technology behemoths like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, which...

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Jan 14
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Tampa Bay singer used voice for screaming during Capitol riot

Tampa Bay singer used voice for screaming during Capitol riot

Spring Hill’s Audrey Ann Southard is front and center in videos of the U.S. Capitol siege on Jan. 6.

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One violent hit and a 12-year NFL career comes to an abrupt end

One violent hit and a 12-year NFL career comes to an abrupt end

/John Romano | You may not know A.Q. Shipley, but you should appreciate the story of how a long, nondescript NFL journey ended in Tampa Bay on a Monday night.

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Jan 8
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Hillsborough deputy one shift away from retirement killed by fleeing suspect, sheriff says

Hillsborough deputy one shift away from retirement killed by fleeing suspect, sheriff says

/Sheriff Brian LaVigne served for more than 30 years with the agency and was a field training officer.Corporal Brian LaVigne had one shift left at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office before he was due to retire.Instead, he was intentionally hit and killed by a man speeding away from deputies Monday, according to Sheriff Chad Chronister.Chronister choked up at a news conference Monday night as he spoke about LaVigne’s three-decade career at the office, how he was set to work on Tuesday and then not again. He was 54 years old and is survived by his wife and two children, one of whom is a...

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Florida’s Ashley Moody worked with group linked to Capitol insurrection

Florida’s Ashley Moody worked with group linked to Capitol insurrection

/After Trump supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol, the Republican attorney general scrubbed the Rule of Law Defense Fund, where Moody served on the board of directors, from her online biography.For more than a year, the official state website for Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said the Republican is “recognized as a national leader” among her peers.Until a few days ago, the website supported this claim by mentioning Moody’s appointment to the board of directors for a conservative organization now facing blow back for its role in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol last week: The...

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Jan 11
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Florida airport arrest videos do not show Capitol rioters

Florida airport arrest videos do not show Capitol rioters

/Videos tagged #NoFlyList trending on Tik Tok and Twitter are not accurate, Broward sheriff’s records show.Videos showing women being arrested at a Florida airport are not related to last week’s violent protests at the U.S. Capitol.The videos, first posted to the app TikTok, drew thousands of views across various social media platforms on Monday, and were often shared with the hashtag #NoFlyList.Many who posted them said that the women, who are seen screaming as they are carried or dragged away by Broward County sheriff’s deputies, were being arrested upon their return from Washington, D.C....

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Jan 11
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How Matt Gaetz spread a falsehood about antifa infiltrating the mob that attacked Congress

How Matt Gaetz spread a falsehood about antifa infiltrating the mob that attacked Congress

/The episode is emblematic of how misinformation has spread in the Trump eraTo anyone watching television Wednesday, the identity of the violent mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol was unmistakable: Overzealous supporters of President Donald Trump. What with all the Trump flags, MAGA hats and attire carrying the Republican’s campaign insignia, their loyalties were obvious.Yet later that night, as a Congress returned to work, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz attempted to sow doubt.Citing a loosely sourced report from the Washington Times, a conservative news outlet based in the nation’s...

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Florida lawmakers react to Trump-supporting mob storming U.S. Capitol

Florida lawmakers react to Trump-supporting mob storming U.S. Capitol

/Republicans fed the flames of Trump’s election conspiracy theories. On Wednesday, they condemned the mob that stormed the capitol on his behalf.TALLAHASSEE — For weeks, prominent Republican lawmakers in Florida were silent while President Donald Trump spread baseless conspiracy theories about the presidential election he lost.On Wednesday, while Congress debated whether to certify the states’ election results, a Trump-supporting mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. At least one person was injured as scores pushed past a police barrier, and entered the historic building.As the violent scene...

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Rick Scott says he’s ‘likely’ to reject Pennsylvania electors when Congress votes

Rick Scott says he’s ‘likely’ to reject Pennsylvania electors when Congress votes

/Still no word from Marco Rubio as a Wednesday morningU.S. Sen. Rick Scott said he is “likely” to reject electors from the state of Pennsylvania as Congress votes today to certify the results of Joe Biden’s victory.The Florida Republican accused Pennsylvania’s governor and his administration of taking action leading up to the election that “post a serious threat to the integrity of future elections.” Because of the pandemic and the overwhelming demand for absentee ballots, Pennsylvania allowed for a three-day extension to return mail-in ballots.“This is absurd, and cannot be tolerated,”...

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Vaccine ‘train wreck’ leaves Tampa Bay seniors scrambling for shots

Vaccine ‘train wreck’ leaves Tampa Bay seniors scrambling for shots

/Hillsborough County’s vaccination phone line was receiving an estimated 2,000 phone calls per minute at midday, a spokeswoman said. Websites and phone lines were down for hours. Ruth Kern began refreshing the Pinellas County health department website minutes before the vaccine registration portal went live at noon Monday. She couldn’t get through.The 66-year-old retired Gulfport resident was eager to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine, and Monday was supposed to be when she and other seniors across Tampa Bay finally could.But the day left local seniors feeling no closer to receiving...

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Florida public health experts say state must do better on vaccine, but be patient

Florida public health experts say state must do better on vaccine, but be patient

Demand currently far outpaces vaccination supply, leading to a mess for county health departments. Amid public clamor for more information on how to get a coronavirus vaccine in Florida, county health departments are swamped, and public health experts say it appears the state has not provided much guidance.They also say a lack of communication from the state and local agencies is making the process harder for Florida residents and officials alike.Florida must “do better” with its vaccine rollout and communications, but the public must also have patience, said Florida State University...

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Documentary on The Villages shows it is not a utopia for everyone

Documentary on The Villages shows it is not a utopia for everyone

//‘Some Kind of Heaven’ premieres in theatres on Jan. 8 and on Video On Demand starting Jan. 15.THE VILLAGES — The documentary Some Kind of Heaven provides two life lessons — one on screen for the viewers and another behind the scenes for young filmmakers.The movie about the imperfect life in The Villages retirement community premieres in theaters on Jan. 8 and at home through Video On Demand starting Jan. 15.It is 24-year-old director and producer Lance Oppenheim’s feature documentary debut, but was co-produced by the New York Times and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky of Pi and The Wrestler...

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