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During Black History Month, Rep. Castor Honored Tampa Bay Area Trailblazers

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Every year during Black History Month, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (FL14) pays tribute to community leaders and during this year’s ceremony, she recognized champions in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Rep. Castor’s written tributes to these community leaders will be memorialized in the Congressional Record and can be read here: Tampa: Celeste Gibbons-Peoples Fred Hearns …

Here’s what school vouchers could cost Pinellas and Hillsborough public schools | Column

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Florida public schools and their students are at serious risk under the radical tax giveaway scheme being fast-tracked by the Florida Legislature. House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 202 would divert public money for unchecked education “vouchers.” They could cost up to $4 billion in the first year alone. In Hillsborough County, schools would lose an estimated $291 million in the 2023-2024…

American Dream Awards

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Denise Birungi Evans - Denise has spent the past decade working to help make Hillsborough County a drug-free community. Born and raised in Uganda as the youngest of 11, she took her education seriously as a sibling who had an opportunity to attend boarding school. Soon after completing her degree in accounting, she moved with her husband to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her higher…

First Focus Lauds Rep. Castor's ASSIST Act

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Bill makes schools central to battling crisis among kids WASHINGTON, May 10, 2022 — Strengthening the role of schools in mental health promotion, prevention and intervention is key to battling the mental health crisis afflicting our nation’s children, experts said during First Focus on Children’s Kids and COVID Conversation Series. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Sen. Raphael…

Health Data Privacy Rears Its Head at Facebook Hearing

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During Congressional hearings last week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support her bill, Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act, which would require companies like Facebook to improve protections for health data privacy and the privacy of other sensitive information.

‘We need to fix it’: Watchdogs, lawmakers try to halt Zombie Campaign spending

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By Christopher O'Donnell and Noah Pransky, Tampa Bay Times, published Feb. 5, 2018 A Washington D.C. watchdog group and a Tampa congresswoman are pushing to close a loophole that has allowed ex-politicians to keep spending campaign donations years after leaving office. The Campaign Legal Center filed a petition with the Federal Elections Commission Monday calling for stricter rules on…