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Hillsborough Commission candidates talk Black Lives Matter, climate change

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Progressives call it one of the most exciting and dynamic new civil rights movements in years. Conservatives call it anti-police, racist – and worse. We’re talking about the Black Lives Matter movement, and at a NAACP-sponsored candidates forum in East Tampa Thursday night, four of the six candidates on the ballot in the Hillsborough County District County Commissioners race were asked their thoughts about the group, and how they were part of the coalition to push for a citizens police review board in Tampa…

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Joe Henderson: Jim Norman’s climb to Hillsborough Commission steeper than he realized

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Since the start of his campaign for Hillsborough County Commission District 6, Jim Norman has understood that he has a lot of explaining to do. Right off the bat, he tried to address his checkered political past during a meeting last year with The Tampa Tribune editorial board. As a metro columnist for that late, great newspaper, I sat in on the meeting. I think it was basically a fiasco. It’s not that Jim Norman isn’t one of the most…

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Hillsborough County Republicans to gather in South Tampa to watch final night of RNC

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While it’s been well noted that there are many Republicans not in Cleveland this week for the RNC (hello, David Jolly), there are many others in the Tampa Bay area who might have wanted to attend, but aren’t delegates or don’t want to spend the money that it requires to travel to the Buckeye State. A number of these Republicans will gather Thursday night in Tampa at a “Unifying for America: Trump for President” convention watching party at 81 Bay Brewing…

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Brian Willis gets PBA endorsements in Hillsborough County District 6 race

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The Police Benevolent Association’s West Central Florida and Tampa Chapters have endorsed Democrat Brian Willis in the highly competitive Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race. “We know Brian is a leader that will take action to build safer and stronger neighborhoods and fix our broken transportation system. We trust Brian to put the community first when he is on the commission,” said Nick Marolda, President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association. “Willis has built a strong,…

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Poll shows Pat Kemp leading in Democratic race for Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race

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A survey conducted last week by St. Pete Polls shows Pat Kemp leading in the Democratic primary for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 countywide contest. The survey, commissioned by strategist Barry Edwards, shows Kemp leading with 34 percent support. Former County Commissioner and Tampa City Councilman Tom Scott is second with 24 percent. Former Plant City Mayor John Dicks is next at 6 percent, and attorney Brian Willis is at 4 percent.  Thirty-two percent of those questioned are uncertain…

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Joe Henderson: Tom Lee’s tough, surprising choice

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I’m a little surprised by Tom Lee’s decision to run for re-election to the state Senate. Along with just about everyone else in the media and Florida politics, I’ve had lengthy chats with Lee about his future since a judge drew new district lines that essentially forced him to make a tough decision. Because his current Brandon home now lies in a different district than the one Lee represents, he had three choices: Challenge Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano if…

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Tom Lee to run for re-election to the Florida Senate

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After months of deliberation, Hillsborough County Republican Tom Lee has apparently decided to run for re-election to the newly created Senate District 20 seat later this fall. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the news. Lee is currently serving in Senate District 24, a seat he won back in 2012. It was a return to the Legislature after a six-year interregnum following his defeat to Alex Sink in the contest for Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Before that, he served a full…

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