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Jonny Torres to challenge Deb Tamargo for chair of Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee

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Jonny Torres, currently vice chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, has announced he will challenge incumbent chair Deborah Tamargo when the party holds elections next month. Although the GOP had a big night nationally and in Florida last week, Torres said the results out of Hillsborough were disappointing, and he believes it’s time for a change in leadership. “Today, we bear little resemblance to the organization we once were,” Torres wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Those of you…

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Pat Kemp defeats Tim Schock in Hillsborough County District 6

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Democrat Pat Kemp defeated challenger Tim Shock for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat. Kemp had 55 percent of the vote for a solid victory. Voters had two strong choices in this countywide race. Kemp, who narrowly lost to Republican Al Higginbotham in 2014, had transportation as her main issue. She has long been a vocal advocate for solutions to the area’s top long-term issue that goes beyond adding new roads. She advocates stronger growth management policies to help…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.1.16 — The debate about the debates begins in Florida

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I think I speak for a lot of Florida political observers in expressing my disappointment that, for whatever reason, Patrick Murphy never debated his Democratic Senate opponents, Pam Keith and Alan Grayson, during the just-concluded primary campaign. Murphy avoided debates organized by Florida Public Radio stations and Bay News 9/News 13 in Orlando well before news broke that Grayson’s ex-wife accused him of abusing her. When that news broke, Murphy said Grayson was not worthy of a debate (ignoring Pam…

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Joe Henderson: In the end, Jim Norman was doomed by his own voice

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When Jim Norman announced last year that he would try to resurrect his political career by running for the District 6 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission, eyebrows arched all over Tampa. I mean, the man was toting a lot of baggage, if you get my drift. But among his many traits, Norman really trusts the sound of his own voice. He no doubt thought he could smooth-talk his way past his controversies and back into the voters’ good graces. His game…

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Tim Schock says he’s not surprised he beat Jim Norman so decisively in Hillsborough County Commission race

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“Are you Schocked yet? Because we’re just getting started,” declared Tim Schock at his victory party Tuesday night in Tampa, after defeating Jim Norman 62-38 percent in their race for the Republican nomination for the Hillsborough County District 6 seat. It was Norman’s first ever loss of his political life, and Schock’s first victory in his second bid for public office. Although there was little public polling to indicate a potential blowout was possible, there were two important straw polls that gave…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.31.16 – Moving on to November

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Good morning, everyone. Florida’s primary election is history. So, where to begin? Patrick Murphy will face Marco Rubio in November. Murphy crushed Alan Grayson, 59  to 18 percent, with Pam Keith a close third at 15 percent. Rubio gets credit for honesty, saying that he can’t say for sure that he’ll fulfill all six years of his term if elected, which naturally Murphy is attempting to exploit. Boy, this race is going to get tawdry. In what has to be considered a mini-upset, St. Petersburg’s Darryl…

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Tim Schock defeats one-time GOP power Jim Norman in Hillsborough primary

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The political career of one-time rising Republican star Jim Norman likely ended Tuesday in a resounding primary defeat for a seat on the Hillsborough County Commission. Norman was soundly defeated by Tim Schock for the right to face a Democratic challenger in November. “I think the race went according to plan,” Schock said Tuesday evening. “We ran a disciplined, diligent campaign and stayed focused on our message. I think the No. 1 issue with voters was trust and integrity, and…

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