Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Dianne Hart

Dianne Hart, others help in post-Irma Tampa

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Electric power returned to Robles Park Village in East Tampa at 5:48 a.m. Thursday. Community activist Dianne Hart knows that was the exact time, because she was there with an ice truck that had just arrived. “The lights popped up as I was standing right there,” she said on Thursday afternoon while helping lead another public feeding on the surface of the basketball court of the public housing complex. “I was praising God, because I didn’t know how many days…

Keep Reading

Sean Shaw to town hall audience: ‘Hold me accountable’

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Being part of a legislative caucus with little political power has been the plight of Democrats elected to the Florida House for going on two decades, but state Representative Sean Shaw told a town hall audience of about 40 people Monday night that it’s their job to hold him accountable in Tallahassee, regardless of his party’s minority status. “Let me tell you what we do not as a community do very well – hold our elected officials accountable,” Shaw said…

Keep Reading

For many, Tampa’s 2021 Super Bowl is unexpected ‘big win.’ Others remain skeptical.

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Members of Tampa’s political, business, media and activist communities weighed in Wednesday on the surprising news that Tampa will host the Super Bowl in February 2021. The announcement was unexpected, particularly after the NFL snubbed a local bid last year to host the big game in either 2019, 2020 and 2021. But major rainstorms in Southern California throughout the past year delayed construction of a new stadium for the L.A. Rams and Chargers, forcing the NFL to choose a new town…

Keep Reading

Sean Shaw files legislation to get funds for Cuban Club and Florida Community Catalyst Project

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

Tampa Democrat Sean Shaw has submitted his first appropriations request for the 2017 Legislative Session. The freshman lawmaker is requesting $1 million for rehabbing the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City. According to the budget request, the facility has damaged structural support columns, beams and floor slabs on all four floors that would be removed and replaced in order to achieve the structural stability of the building. Part of the deteriorated southern part of the building as well as its adjoining fire escape will be removed and replaced. There…

Keep Reading

Mitch Perry Report for 8.31.16 – Moving on to November

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Good morning, everyone. Florida’s primary election is history. So, where to begin? Patrick Murphy will face Marco Rubio in November. Murphy crushed Alan Grayson, 59  to 18 percent, with Pam Keith a close third at 15 percent. Rubio gets credit for honesty, saying that he can’t say for sure that he’ll fulfill all six years of his term if elected, which naturally Murphy is attempting to exploit. Boy, this race is going to get tawdry. In what has to be considered a mini-upset, St. Petersburg’s Darryl…

Keep Reading

Sean Shaw narrowly defeats Dianne Hart in House District 61 race

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Sean Shaw will be returning to Tallahassee next year, representing Hillsborough County’s House District 61, which encompasses  Ybor City, Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights and East Tampa In an incredibly tight race, the Tampa attorney has defeated East Tampa activist and businesswoman Dianne Hart, getting 42.71 percent of the vote to Hart’s 41.92 percent. Shaw received 6,696 votes to Hart’s 6,572. Environmental engineer and vocational trainer Walter Smith finished in third place with 15 percent of the vote. Shaw was backed by the influential Florida Sentinel-Bulletin, the Florida Democratic Progressive…

Keep Reading

Mitch Perry Report for 8.30.16 – Election Day questions

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Primary Election Day is here, finally, for those of us who care. Because that isn’t close to the majority of registered voters in Florida. Going into today, the turnout by percentage via early and absentee voting here in Hillsborough County where I’m located was lower than it turned out to be in 2012, which Congresswoman Kathy Castor says is disappointing. We’re talking below 20 percent, folks. Whether that percentage might increase if the election weren’t held in the last week of August…

Keep Reading

1 2 3
Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top