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Kimberly Overman challenges Les Miller in Hillsborough County District 3 race

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With a little more than two months before the Aug. 30 primary, Seminole Heights small businesswoman and volunteer/activist Kimberly Overman admits that it’s a bit of a “mad dash.” It’s obvious that the Hillsborough County Commission is in desperate need for leadership, Overman added, and thus her entry into the District 3 race against Democratic incumbent Les Miller. “I have no lack of respect for Les Miller,” she said in a phone interview last Thursday. “I’m glad he’s served us as he has. I…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.10.16 – Bob Poe’s courage

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Former Florida Democratic Party state chairman Bob Poe revealed Thursday that he’s HIV-positive. The 61-year-old Democrat says in a video that he’s healthy because he got tested and diagnosed early, but he wanted to share his condition publicly to “remove the fear, the stigma and the shame that goes with this.” “It’s those things that keep people from getting the diagnosis and the treatment that they need to live perfectly healthy lives like I have,” he says. “I have a motto in my life:…

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Hillsborough Republican Party urging their members to oppose latest Go Hillsborough proposal on Thursday night

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Six weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted on a 4-3 vote to reject bringing a proposed transportation referendum to the voters this fall, the BOCC will be back at it again on Thursday – this time proposing that the tax last 15 years, not the 30 years that it had been promoted as over the past year. While the shorter duration of the tax might be enough to persuade a majority of the board to support putting this proposal on…

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Bob Buckhorn says “something is better than nothing” on shorter Go Hillsborough plan

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In the lead-up to last month’s vote by the Hillsborough County Commissioner on the half-cent transportation tax known as Go Hillsborough, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was adamant that he wouldn’t accept anything less than what the plan had always called for – that being 30 years in length. After it went down to defeat at a public hearing on April 27, Victor Crist, the deciding commissioner who said he went by “simple, old-fashioned intuition” in rejecting the proposal, came out and…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.27.16 – Lighting strikes no more

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The somewhat improbable Tampa Bay Lightning run for a second straight appearance in the Stanley Cup ended last night around 11 p.m. when they lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1. The Lightning were pretty thoroughly outplayed if you go by shots-on-goal, but the last eight minutes or so were absolutely nail-biting. There’s a reason why the National Hockey League is considered a distant fourth when it comes to our major sports leagues in…

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Tampa Chamber supports another vote on Go Hillsborough- but only if it’s for 20 years

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce says it will support the  the Hillsborough County Commission approving the half-cent Go Hillsborough transportation tax on the ballot in November – but only if it goes for 20 years. That’s a problem, in that the motion approved recently for a public hearing on June 9 public calls for the tax to last 15 years. Last month, the BOCC narrowly rejected the proposal to put a half-cent sales tax referendum on the November ballot…

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Hillsborough County Commission District 6 Tiger Bay debate dominated by transportation issues

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No race on the ballot in Hillsborough County this year has a richer field of candidates than the County Commission District 6 seat, with no less than six serious players vying to win the countywide seat being vacated by a term-limited Kevin Beckner this fall. In a stultifying warm room at the Ferguson Center of Law in downtown Tampa Friday, all of those candidates, with the exception of Republican Jim Norman, came before the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where transportation issues like Go Hillsborough…

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