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Tom Jackson: Topsy-turvy election seen from bottom of the world

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A ritualistic subplot of virtually every election organizes around announcements by those who threaten to leave the country if the vote doesn’t go their way. They shouldn’t be taken seriously. Interestingly, politicians with far more at stake than your garden-variety celebrity almost never declare their intention to abandon the nation for distant parts. The phenomenon is, in fact, so unusual that history records with a mixture of awe and heartache Davy Crockett’s declaration of departure when he lost his re-election…

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Pat Kemp victorious in Hillsborough County District 6, besting well-known contenders

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Pat Kemp ran away from a field that included three other well-known candidates Tuesday to win the Democratic primary in the Hillsborough County Commission – District 6 race. Kemp received 45 percent of the vote in a strong field that included John Dicks, Tom Scott and Brian Willis. It will be Kemp’s second try at a commission seat. She narrowly lost by a half-percentage point in 2014. Willis had received the endorsement from the Tampa Bay Times and La Gaceta…

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Pat Kemp using 2014 campaign signs in 2016

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Pat Kemp is a major environmentalist, which means she ardently believes in recycling — so much so that she’s recycled signs from her 2014 campaign in 2016. Kemp is running on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race against attorneys Brian Willis and John Dicks, and Pastor Tom Scott. She nearly won the District 7 countywide seat back in 2014, narrowly losing out to Republican Al Higginbotham. Signs clearly marked from Kemp’s 2014 campaign can be seen on streets throughout…

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Bob Buckhorn says it’s all about loyalty as he backs Tom Scott in Democratic Hillsborough Commissioners race

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Bob Buckhorn says he likes “most” of the four Democrats running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race that climaxes next Tuesday, but it’s his sense of friendship and loyalty that has him backing Tom Scott. Scott previously served on the County Commissioner from 1996 to 2006, followed by one term on the Tampa City Council from 2007-2011. He then ran for mayor in 2011, but afterfailing to get into a runoff, he ended up backing Buckhorn. Buckhorn had narrowly made 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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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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