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Pam Bondi endorses Yvonne Fry for state House

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is the latest Republican to back Plant City businesswoman and activist Yvonne Fry in the House District 58 special election taking place later this year. “I have known Yvonne Fry for many years and I know that she is a committed Conservative who will defend our Conservative values,” Bondi said.

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Rick Scott signs death warrant for Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission

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Among the bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Tuesday is HB 647, which eliminates of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission by December 31 of this year. The agency, originally created by a special act of the Florida Legislature in the 1970’s and the only one of its kind in the state, has been shrouded in controversy for years. It’s last executive director,  Kyle Cockream, remains under investigation for his handling of public records. The PTC had been criticized for years by local lawmakers,…

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At long last, Jamie Grant files bill to kill Hillsborough PTC

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Tampa GOP state Representative Jamie Grant has filed a bill (HB 647) that would eliminate the controversial Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. “With new information being made public every day, it becomes increasingly clear that this agency needs to be abolished,” Grant said in a statement. “Everything that has come to light has confirmed what we knew all along; that this agency no longer serves a useful purpose and the residents of Hillsborough County deserve better.” That ‘new information’ Grant is referring…

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Airbnb reaches agreement with Hillsborough County over tourist taxes

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Airbnb has reached an agreement Wednesday with the Hillsborough County Tax Collector Office, in a deal that could immediately add thousands of dollars in county revenue. Home hosts in Hillsborough will begin paying bed taxes for overnight guests, which is estimated at about one-quarter million dollars a year. Airbnb will collect and remit taxes from 838 property owners countywide who rent out bedrooms, apartments and even entire houses as lodging for visitors, Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden said in a statement…

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Rick Scott names Chandra Hosler to the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board

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Governor Rick Scott announced Friday the appointment of Chandra Hosler to the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board. Hosler, 41, of Land O’ Lakes, is an in house legal counsel and director of legal affairs for Mid-Atlantic Finance Co., Inc. She received a law degree from the University of Tulsa, College of Law and is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term beginning September 23, 2016 and ending July 2, 2017. The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board sets workplace rules…

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Unopposed local constitutional officers to return nearly $900,000 in contributions

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The collecting began last year, and the contributions flowed into Tampa Bay incumbent constitutional officers focused winning this fall’s elections and keeping their jobs for four more years. By last week, when qualifying ended, nearly a dozen had raked in close to $900,000, ready to wage war with challengers to their positions as sheriffs, tax collectors, clerks of the circuit court, supervisors of elections and school superintendents. Turns out they don’t need that cash at all. Nine constitutional officers in…

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Doug Belden re-elected for four more years as Hillsborough Tax Collector

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Doug Belden has won another four years in office as Hillsborough County tax collector, the last tour that he says he intends to spend serving the public in office. For the second consecutive election cycle, Belden did not draw an opponent on Friday, the last day to qualify for office. He thus automatically has won the contest The 61-year-old Belden was an administrator under Hillsborough County State Attorney Harry Lee Coe and a former board member of the Tampa Sports…

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