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Harry Cohen says Tampa budget vote will ‘set the stage’ for years

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Tampa City Councilman Harry Cohen warned the city’s  budget vote Friday will have long-term effects. Cohen’s compromise proposal to have the Council vote on raising the millage rate by 0.475 broke a seven-hour stalemate just after midnight Friday morning on Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s fiscal year 2018 budget.

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Yolie Capin decides against County Commission run

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Tampa City Councilwoman Yolie Capin will not run for the Hillsborough County District 1 seat in 2018.

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In new ad, Fla. Dems continue effort to tie Rick Baker to Donald Trump

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If the special election this week in state Senate District 40 proved anything, it’s that Donald Trump has become political poison for Republican candidates. It’s not surprising then that the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) is doubling down on its effort to link Rick Baker to the president as St. Petersburg’s mayoral race enters the final stretch. The FDP is out with a new ad that slams Baker and Trump for “refusing to act on climate change,” while highlighting Mayor Rick…

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After 7 hours, Tampa City Council votes to raise property taxes

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Shortly after midnight Friday morning, the Tampa City Council voted 4-3 to raise property taxes for the first in 29 years.

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TECO deal includes rate freeze, solar expansion

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Tampa Electric Company has asked state regulators to approve a proposed agreement that would largely freeze base rates though 2021 and help lead to an expansion of solar energy.

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Mike Suarez accepts ‘Home Rule Hero’ award from Florida League of Cities

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For supporters of ‘home-rule’ style government, 2017 was a brutal year in Tallahassee. That’s why in June the Florida League of Cities named Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez — as well as more than 70 other municipal officials from around the state — as recipients of their 2017 Home Rule Hero Awards.

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City Council candidate Justin Bean addresses resisting arrest charge, past indiscretions

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When Justin Bean sat down with the Tampa Bay Times earlier this year to discuss his candidacy for the City Council race, he was upfront about what his political opponents would undoubtedly unearth at some point — a DUI arrest in 2013. Not mentioned at the time was a 2010 resisting arrest charge in Polk County.

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