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Dick Greco Jr. still considering a Tampa mayoral run in 2019

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Retired judge Dick Greco Jr. says he is still considering running for Tampa mayor in 2019.

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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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Augie Ribeiro to decide ‘in near future’ on St. Pete City Council run

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Augie Ribeiro, the wealthy trial attorney who made a late run for state Senate District 19 in 2016, is now considering a run for the District 6 seat on St. Petersburg’s City Council. “I am considering running for this seat,” Ribeiro wrote in an email to FloridaPolitics.com Monday afternoon. “I will be deciding in the near future if it is the right time and position to serve the public,” he says, adding that “District 6 encompasses many of  the same constituents as in…

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Tampa City Councilmembers ponder their own political future — now that Bob Buckhorn has decided his

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Tampa City Council Chair Mike Suarez says Bob Buckhorn‘s decision to opt out of a statewide run in 2018 should mean a lot less drama associated with the election for council chair next month, a development he says “is a good thing.” There was plenty of such drama surrounding the election of a council in 2015 and 2016, due to the uncertainty around Buckhorn’s political ambitions. But his announcement that he will forgo a run for governor and instead fulfill the last two years as…

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Don’t forget about Shawn Harrison as a possible candidate for Tampa mayor

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In his “As We Heard It” column, Patrick Manteiga writes that candidates of all stripes are starting to measure their strengths for a potential run for Mayor of Tampa. Among the names the plugged-in Manteiga mentions are the obvious contenders, like former police chief Jane Castor and current City Councilman Mike Suarez, as well as Councilmembers Yolie Capin and Harry Cohen. Also in the mix, Manteiga says, are Hillsborough Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, Public Defender Julie Holt, former state Rep.…

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On Barack Obama’s last day in office, Ed Narain gives thanks to what he accomplished

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Although Friday has been a tough and day for Democrats around the country, former Florida state representative Ed Narain says he chooses to be happy as he celebrates the end of Barack Obama‘s eight year administration. That’s because, Narain writes, after Jesse Jackson failed to win the White House during his two tries in the 1980’s, he believed that he would never see a black man attain the highest office in the land, but Obama proved him and so many others wrong. “On this…

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At town hall in Ybor City, Darryl Rouson says climate is good for “true” criminal justice reform

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At a town-hall meeting in Tampa’s Ybor City, newly-elected Senate District 19 Democrat Darryl Rouson said he feels that, finally, a serious attempt at criminal justice reform is going to take place in the Florida Legislature in 2017. “It’s my intention to change the Black Caucus this year so that all 28 members … really stand up and do something,” he said when queried by one new constituent, who told him that the only way to stop gun violence was to provide…

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