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Tampa millennials talk about Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure proposals

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Although discussions of public policy seems to be taking a backseat during this presidential election cycle, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have announced they would propose major plans to rebuild U.S. infrastructure if elected in November. Clinton has announced a five-year, $275 billion plan, and last month, Trump announced his own infrastructure plan would “at least double” Clinton’s plan. But does anyone know what’s in those plans? The Clinton campaign hosted a panel featuring Tampa millennials and former elected lawmakers Monday…

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Bob Buesing says he’s a better fit for Senate District 18

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Bob Buesing says, based on the issues, he’s a better fit for those who reside in the newly created state Senate District 18 in Hillsborough County. Senate District 18 is considered a swing district that leans Democratic, and was created out of the Supreme Court-mandated redistricting of all Senate districts last year. “Let’s have conversations in a general election in front of all the electorate, instead of just the closed primaries in gerrymandered districts. That’s healthier for the state,” Buesing said in praising the…

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Donald Trump campaign shakeup — will it be enough?

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Donald Trump and his campaign are sending a signal with the announcement of Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager. Aside from the clear message that his is a campaign in trouble, it also provides a clear picture of a major focus of his campaign going forward. That focus is to make the election about Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump. So far, Trump’s world-class lack of discipline has kept the spotlight on himself. There can…

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Joe Henderson: Endorsement, momentum may not be enough in Hillsborough District 6 race

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Brian Willis has the editorial endorsement of the Tampa Bay Times in his bid to win the Democratic primary Aug. 30 for Hillsborough’s District 6 county commission seat. He has been, in the words of one veteran local observer of the political scene, “very impressive” on the campaign stump. He seems to have momentum. In most years, that alone would be enough to predict victory. This year, however … better wait. Transportation has taken center stage as the dominant issue…

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Hillsborough County chair Les Miller endorses Ed Narain in SD 19 race

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Democratic Rep. Ed Narain announced Monday that Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Lesley “Les” Miller has endorsed his bid for the District 19 seat in the Florida Senate. “I’ve known Ed Narain since he was a student leader at the University of South Florida and now as State Representative,” said Miller, who himself served 14 years as a lawmaker. “His leadership and ability to bring people together are rare features in elected officials today.” “Having been elected Chair of the Legislative…

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Kathy Castor and Mike Suarez endorse Ed Narain in SD 19 race

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In the battle for the Senate District 19, encompassing Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Ed Narain received some big endorsements Monday. Tampa Bay area Congresswoman Kathy Castor endorsed his candidacy, as did the man she succeeded in Congress, Jim Davis. Tampa City Council Chairman Mike Suarez is also backing Narain. “As a state representative, Ed has been a great partner as we worked to bring more jobs, higher wages and economic opportunity to east Tampa,” said Castor. “As a member of the Florida House, Ed has also worked to bring much-needed state dollars back…

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Eddie Adams Jr. and Christine Quinn battle it out in GOP CD 14 contest

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Although Florida’s 14th Congressional District isn’t nearly as solidly a Democratic seat as it was a year ago, nobody expects incumbent Kathy Castor to have any trouble holding on to the seat this November. Redistricting ordered by the Florida Supreme Court last year led the Florida Legislature to draw up the seat that now makes it a Democratic + 6 seat, considered “solid” Democrat, according to the Cook Congressional Report.  Local political analyst Barry Edwards says the seat is “still overwhelming and not competitive for…

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