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Al Fox celebrated for his work on Cuba

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There is perhaps no greater moment reflective of how far the Tampa business and political establishment has come in terms of embracing relations with Cuba than the reaction to then Mayor Dick Greco’s surprise visit to the communist island in the summer of 2002. “In my opinion, it was his finest hour,” recalled Al Fox, speaking on Friday night at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. It was Fox, through his Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, that helped negotiate the historic meeting…

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Run-off elections prove fruitful for Tampa Democrats for second straight year

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Somewhat lost in the tumult over the infighting within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee this week is the fact that for the second time in less than two years, a Democrat has been elected to the Tampa City Council in a run-off election after finishing a distant second in the initial election. Luis Viera’s win by 63 votes in the District 7 race  came four weeks after he finished 2,469 votes behind Jim Davison in the Nov.8 general election. “We had…

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Cyril Spiro hasn’t made peace with Luis Viera after City Council election

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The Tampa City Council District 7 special election is officialy history, but the bad feelings between some of the candidates apparently aren’t. While newly-elected Councilman Luis Viera was being sworn in at City Hall on Thursday morning after defeating Jim Davison in a nail-biter of an election, Cyril Spiro was blasting his former opponent for “attempting to friend my FB friends as well as the FB friends of his other former opponents in the City Council race.” “If you get a friend…

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By only 65 votes, Luis Viera defeats Jim Davison in Tampa City Council special election

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By just 65 votes, Luis Viera defeated Jim Davison in the Tampa City Council District 7 special run-off election, taking 50.64 percent to Davison’s 49.36 percent, a difference of only a single percentage point. Viera received 2,588 votes to Davison’s 2,523, just 65 votes out of 5,120 cast. The special election was held to succeed Lisa Montelione, who was re-elected without opposition to the North Tampa district seat in early 2015. Last fall, Montelione announced that she would run for the state Legislature,…

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Jim Davison leading Luis Viera, 42-35%, in Tampa City Council special election

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A plurality of voters in Tampa’s City Council District 7 continue to show support for emergency room physician Jim Davison, a new survey shows. Davison leads attorney Luis Viera by 42-35 percent, according to a new poll released Tuesday by St. Pete Polls. Twenty-three percent of voters say they are unsure. Davison, the only registered Republican in the original six-person field, took home the most votes in the November 8 contest, receiving 31 percent of the ballot. Viera, a registered Democrat, was second with 22…

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Down-ballot races throughout Florida provided some interesting results as well

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With so many high-profile races going on in Florida, other contests were on the ballot, but under the radar. Florida Politics pointed out 10 of those down-ballot races to watch with backgrounds on each. While not as momentous as Donald Trump winning Florida, these races were interesting in their own right. Miami-Dade County Mayor Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez went from a confident incumbent to someone battling to keep his job. He and many others thought he could win another term on Aug. 30. In the end,…

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More than just the presidency: 10 down ballot races to watch on Election Day

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Presidential races get all the attention, but it’s the folks down ballot that make the real decisions. In the Sunshine State, there’s no shortage of high intensity — and sometimes high drama — battles for office. And we aren’t talking about the races for state House and Senate. There have been allegations of election fraud in a mayor’s race, dirty tricks in a superintendent battle, and fights over genetically modified mosquitoes. Here are 10 down ballot races and referendums we think you…

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