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Law enforcement lines up behind Ed Hooper for SD 16

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Ed Hooper received two key law enforcement endorsements, as both the Florida Police Benevolent Association and Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association are supporting his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Republican Sen. Jack Latvala in Senate District 16.

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At Tampa Tiger Bay, local officials bemoan expected expansion of homestead exemption

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While it won’t go into effect for another year and a half, the expected passage of a constitutional amendment expanding the homestead exemption is already giving local officials severe headaches. Amendment 1 asks voters to approve an expansion of the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 of the first $100,000 of a home’s taxable value. State lawmakers who supported it said the average homeowner would save about $275 per year, based on the statewide average home value of $220,000 and an…

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Oldsmar City Council picks Al Braithwaite for city manager

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The Oldsmar City Council ended a year-long search for its next city manager after selecting Al Braithwaite with a unanimous vote Thursday.

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Bob Buckhorn ‘siding’ with Black Lives Matter in monument removal, says Confederate group

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Two days after losing the fight to keep a Confederate monument in front of a Tampa courthouse, a group advocating to preserve the status quo is lashing out at Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman. 

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Karl Nurse endorsing Rick Kriseman for St. Pete mayor

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St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as mayor. Nurse, term-limited from running again, has served on the Council for nearly a decade, first elected in 2008.

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