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Tom Jackson: Maybe if we thought of primaries as playoffs …

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The impression I get is people have the wrong idea about primary elections. To apply a sports analogy, people — I’d call them voters, except they’re plainly not — think of primaries as the exhibition season. This is not without solid foundation. I mean, they do sort of look like the preseason. Starry-eyed unknowns hoping to take down the veteran; once-storied hotshots looking for one last hurrah. (I’m looking at you, Jim Norman.) And the way we treat it, it’s…

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Joe Henderson: Some pre-primary thoughts for Hillsborough County

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I will be paying attention to a lot of things during Tuesday’s primary election. The weather, however, will not be high on the list. Even with storms in Tuesday’s forecast, it may not affect the turnout that much. As of Sunday, voters cast nearly 104,000 ballots in Hillsborough County for the primary election, either by mail or at early voting events like Sunday’s “Souls to The Polls” gathering at two Tampa locations. As of late afternoon, there were 3,267 votes…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.25.16 -Is Trump reversing himself on his signature issue of immigration?

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Donald Trump was in Tampa yesterday, in case you didn’t hear about it — and he continued to “reach out” to minority communities in his speech. Of course, saying, “I say to the African-American parent, you have a right to walk down the street in the inner city, without having your child or yourself shot” may not be the elixir that persuades anyone to switch sides. New York Times columnist Charles Blow describes the way Trump is going about it as “urinating on you…

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Watch Jim Norman go off on citizen when asked about Arkansas vacation home

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Jim Norman says it’s only the media who cares about the issues behind the Arkansas vacation home that ultimately led to his political exile six years ago, but when asked about it at a community forum Tuesday night, the Hillsborough County Commission candidate got a bit hot under the collar while explaining what happened to a voter. Norman is running for the Republican nomination for the Hillsborough County District 6 seat against Tim Schock. It’s his first run for office since he…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.22.16 — Who’s down with TPP?

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Good morning, y’all. Welcome to the last full week of campaigning before your Aug. 30 primary election in the Sunshine State. Before we get into the news of the day, how was your weekend? I went and saw a couple of good, if somewhat overrated movies (“Come Hell or High Water,” “Don’t Think Twice”), and finished reading an underrated novel (Jay McInerney‘s “Bright, Precious Days”). I also voted, as the majority of Floridians will do, before next week’s primary election. Not…

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Tim Schock reminds voters of Jim Norman’s ‘baggage’ in new mailer

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Jim Norman said earlier this month that he’s rarely asked by Hillsborough County residents about the ethical issues that dogged him several years ago. But if the public doesn’t remember the incident that tripped him back in 2010, a new mailer issued out by Tim Schock, his GOP District 6 opponent in this month’s primary election, will surely remind them. Shock’s mailer features a series of suitcases plopped atop another with the headline, “Career Politician Jim Norman, He’s Got A…

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Brian Willis airing new TV ad in Hillsborough Commission race

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Early voting begins in Hillsborough County on Monday. And with just 15 days to go before Election Day, Brian Willis is going up on TV in order to boost his visibility in the Hillsborough County District 6 seat contest. The 33-year-old attorney won the recommendation of the Tampa Bay Times editorial page last month, and that paper’s imprimatur plays a starring role in the 30-second ad, which also features a photo of him as a youth growing up in Carrollwood, walking along…

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