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Bob Buckhorn says Tampa is doing plenty to combat climate change

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Although Bob Buckhorn isn’t likely to sign onto a Sierra Club pledge putting Tampa on record as attempting a 100 clean energy portfolio by a certain year, his administration says he’s doing plenty to combat the negative implications of climate change on the city. Buckhorn did join St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman in signing on to a group of over 300 mayors earlier this month who say they intend to fully the intended mission of the Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump…

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Shawn Harrison kicks off HD 63 re-election bid at Tampa Theater June 29

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison is holding a campaign kickoff party later this month to launch his re-election bid in House District 63. The event, hosted by House Majority 2016 and featuring special guest Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, is Thursday, June 29, beginning 5 p.m. at the historic Tampa Theater, 711 N. Franklin St. Included on the extensive list of local GOP leaders making the host committee are House Speaker Richard Corcoran from Land O’Lakes, and Speakers-to-be Jose Oliva and…

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Event in remembrance of Pulse victims set for Ybor City tonight

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Less than 48 hours after a gunman shot 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando a year ago, thousands gathered in Ybor City to honor the victims. On this first anniversary of what is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Ybor City will again be the site for the Tampa Bay community to come together to remember the victims of that attack. The vigil at Centennial Park begins at 7 p.m. “We’re calling it a night of reflection,” says Carrie West, who helped…

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Tampa recognizes anniversary of Pulse victims with Pride flags, video

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Unlike their friends in county government a few blocks east on Kennedy Blvd., Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s administration is recognizing the anniversary of the mass shooting of 49 people at the Pulse LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, which took place one year ago June 12, 2016. The city is hanging the rainbow Pride flag from the top of Old City Hall this weekend; the rainbow colors will be featured over the five downtown bridges. Tampa is also showing solidarity with Orlando in a new thirty-second…

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Rick Kriseman to hold fundraiser — in Tampa

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Rick Baker held a fundraiser in Clearwater last week, leading some to chortle that he had to travel all the way to North Pinellas to help boost his coffers in his bid to return as St. Petersburg mayor. Democrats said there weren’t enough Republicans in St. Pete to prop up the former two-term mayor. But Baker is not the only mayoral candidate who is venturing beyond the city limits to soak up campaign cash. On June 20, Rick Kriseman will…

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Bob Buckhorn crosses party lines to help Shawn Harrison’s bid for re-election

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In 2016, Democrats targeted a handful of Florida House districts they believed they could flip from red to blue. One of them was Hillsborough County’s House District 63, where the Florida Democratic Party put some money behind Lisa Montelione in her bid to oust Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison. After a close race, Harrison ultimately prevailed, 51 to 49 percent. Although off-year elections are traditionally harder for Democrats, there is hope that an energetic resistance to Donald Trump could make 2018 a year of opportunity.…

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Aakash Patel becomes first Republican to file for District 1 seat on Hillsborough Commission

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Tampa-based entrepreneur and civic activist Aakash Patel has filed to run as a Republican for the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 seat in 2018. Technically, Patel has filed for 2020. However, incumbent Sandy Murman is expected to step down next year to run for another seat, creating the need for a special election next year. Patel is founder and president of consulting firm Elevate, Inc. and has been extremely active in Tampa Bay-area civic causes in recent years. He currently serves as the chair…

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