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TBX critics not pleased with Bob Buckhorn tweet

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Critics of the Tampa Bay Express project are upset with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn over what they say was a “flippant” response to concerns about what the $6 billion project will do to the affected neighborhoods when construction begins. After reading an interview Buckhorn gave Friday praising the TBX project with the website BusinessFacilities.com, Seminole Heights resident and TBX foe Rick Fernandez sent a tweet to Buckhorn saying, “your continued support for TBX is disturbing and out of touch.” Buckhorn replied, “Whatever.” Whatever —…

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#3 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Bob Buckhorn

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Although his announcement in early March that he will not be a candidate in 2018 takes away some of his juice, being mayor of the biggest city representing the biggest media market in Florida means Bob Buckhorn will continue to wield power for the next two years. The biggest question is, perhaps, how will he use that power? Circumstances bigger than himself have thwarted one of his main missions — seeing Tampa and the Tampa Bay area start to make…

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Kathy Castor dismisses rumors she is thinking of a run for Tampa mayor

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Kathy Castor is not interested in running for Tampa mayor in 2019. Elected in November to a sixth term in Congress representing Hillsborough County, the idea that Castor was contemplating leaving Washington to succeed Bob Buckhorn was floated by Patrick Manteiga in his La Gaceta column late last month. On Tuesday, Castor dismissed such speculation. “You know, I love my hometown, and I’m in a fabulous position to be able to advocate for my hometown,” she told FloridaPolitics.com. “And that’s what I intend to do…

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Joe Henderson: Homestead exemption increase would be great politics, lousy governing

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Increasing the state’s homestead exemption by $25,000, which is a priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran and his merry band of tax-slayers, would no doubt be popular with voters. If the measure gets past the legislative hoops and on the 2018 ballot as a constitutional amendment, I imagine it would easily break the 60 percent threshold required for passage. Corcoran and like-minded Republicans would celebrate. Homeowners would have more cash. And local governments, where the real heavy-lifting is done to…

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Serving life for murder, Tampa man continues legal crusade to get car back

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A Hillsborough County man serving a life sentence for murder is continuing his 14-year battle with the Tampa police over the seizure of the car — 10 years old at the time — that he used in the crime. In 2003, police arrested and charged 21-year-old Michael Gerard “Mickey” Glenn Jr. with first-degree premeditated murder. Glenn was accused of killing 25-year-old Antonio Powell in a drug-related shooting. Three years later, Glenn made a minor uproar in local media by announcing he would…

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Florida Young Democrats to hold annual meeting in Tampa next month

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Florida Young Democrats will hold their annual convention in Ybor City, just outside downtown Tampa, on May 19-21. Speakers and panelists include Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, Winter Park State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, former State Rep. Ed Narain, felon rights restoration activist Desmond Meade, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp. Training sessions will cover transit initiatives in the Tampa Bay region, criminal justice reform, how to connect with newly activated…

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Bob Buckhorn, Andrew Gillum among the 100 mayors calling on Congress to fix immigration system

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Reacting to the Donald Trump administration’s hardline policy on immigration — which has included threats to withhold federal grants from jurisdictions that act as “sanctuaries” — more than 100 mayors from around the country signed onto a letter to Congress calling on it to revisit and pass comprehensive reform legislation. Among those signing the letter are Tallahassee Mayor and 2018 Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The letter calls on Congress to enact legislation that would strengthen the…

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