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AFP applauds Sarasota for rejecting incentives to lure national roofing company to relocate

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Americans For Prosperity Florida is praising the Sarasota County Commission for rejecting a financial incentive to help lure an out of town private company to relocate their business in the county. “We’re thrilled to see Sarasota County reject the calls from special interests to take taxpayer dollars and give it away to a private company,” said state director, Chris Hudson. “These local businesses have every right to be upset that their tax dollars are being used to bring their competitors in from other…

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Neighborhood activist Jeff Zampitella to take on Sandy Murman in County Commission race

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Jeffrey Zampitella, a commercial airline pilot and Tampa neighborhood activist, will soon be filing paperwork to run as a Democrat in the Hillsborough County Commission District 1 seat. That’s the seat currently being held by Republican Sandy Murman. “About a month and a half ago, it was kind of put in my ear by some of my Democratic friends,” Zampitella said on Wednesday when asked how long he had been considering his initial foray into electoral politics. He said that as…

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5 things to look for in Bob Buckhorn’s State of Tampa address

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is scheduled to give his State of the City this morning. Here are some things to look for in his speech. Transportation – In his 2014 speech, Buckhorn called for a funding referendum to support expanded bus service and light rail in Tampa, saying that the goal should be a referendum in the fall of 2016. With Hillsborough County Commissioners scheduled to vote on whether to do that later this month, undoubtedly the mayor will encourage not only…

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Tampa political establishment pleased by inclusion of money for USF medical school

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The collective brain trusts of much of the Tampa political establishment is feeling a little bit better Monday morning, after state lawmakers included the requested funding for USF medical school in downtown Tampa. The House and Senate announced was a decision to spend more than $700 million on construction projects in Florida’s public schools, universities, colleges and charter schools on Sunday night. That included the $22.5 million for the USF medical school, a major component of developer Jeff Vinik‘s master…

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Rick Scott part of elaborate grand opening for new e-commerce office in Ybor City

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When Rick Scott campaigned for governor in 2010, he boasted that he would create 700,000 in seven years. Now beginning his sixth year leading the state of Florida, Scott said in Ybor City on Tuesday that he’s blown away that metric, and then some. “We’ve added 1 million, 25 thousand jobs,” he boasted in front of a large crowd gathered in Centro Ybor, celebrating the grand opening of Ashley Furniture’s opening a new e-commerce center in the middle of the Centro Ybor…

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Bob Buckhorn says possible Rays stadium in Tampa will be “complicated transaction”

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The day after the St. Petersburg City Council finally voted to give the Tampa Bay Rays management permission to search for new ballpark sites on both side of the bay, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fielded questions about what it could mean for his city. “Yesterday was a good day,” the Mayor began his news conference at City Hall, but he wasn’t doing handstands about wooing the Major League Baseball franchise. He soberly emphasized that his goal parallels St. Pete Mayor…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.9.15 – Welcome to the new world of policing

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There is a story in Wednesday morning’s New York Times quoting a variety of police chiefs across the country bemoaning how the prevalence of video cameras are changing the way they do their jobs, and makes it harder for them – even when those cameras come from their own agencies. Since the fall of 2014 when incidents exploded in Ferguson and Staten Island, and Walter Scott was killed in South Carolina, a series of videotapes have shown police officers killing people who…

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