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HD 58 candidate Lawrence McClure says he’s raised $90K in a week

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HD 58 candidate Lawrence McClure says he’s already raised $90,000 for his campaign to take over for Republican Rep. Dan Raulerson, who is stepping down from his seat next week due to health problems. McClure, a Plant City Republican, filed for the seat on the first of the month and said he already has enough petition signatures to qualify for the special election ballot. He also said his campaign was “very proud” of their fundraising effort one week into the…

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Jose Vazquez Figueroa running in HD 58 special election

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Perennial candidate Jose Vazquez Figueroa, who lost to incumbent Republican Dan Raulerson last year, filed Monday to run in the special election to fill House District 58, a Hillsborough County seat, campaign records show. Raulerson is resigning effective Aug. 15, citing ongoing health problems. Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order setting Oct. 10 for the primary and Dec. 19 for the general election.

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Plaintiff misses hearing in ‘Wite-Out’ case against Dan Raulerson

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It’s always a bad sign when a plaintiff doesn’t show up for a hearing in his own lawsuit. Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa was supposed to be in the Leon County Courthouse Wednesday morning to explain why he should win his suit against state Rep. Dan Raulerson. Vazquez, who is representing himself, is seeking to disqualify Raulerson, a Plant City Republican, from his re-election this year to his House District 58 seat. Vazquez was his unsuccessful Democratic opponent. His suit says…

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No action taken in Dan Raulerson ‘Wite-Out’ case

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It’s always a bad sign when a judge says he’s “not sure what we’re supposed to be doing.” Leon County Circuit Judge Charles W. Dodson took no action Tuesday in a hearing on a case seeking to disqualify state Rep. Dan Raulerson from running for re-election to his House District 58 seat. His Democratic opponent, Jose N. Vazquez Figueroa, sued because Raulerson’s notary had incorrectly used “correction fluid” on his filing paperwork. But Vazquez, who is representing himself, didn’t make clear the purpose for Tuesday’s…

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600 Hillsborough County residents have attended public transit meetings to date

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The Hillsborough County Policy Leadership Group met again today to convene. Well, some of them did. The PLG is made up of all of seven members of the Hillsborough County Commission, plus the mayors of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City. HART officials often sit in as well — all charged with crafting a transit plan that may be taken to the voters in the form of a transit tax referendum in 2016. But nearly half the group at todays’ meeting were…

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Bob Buckhorn says he wants to see Charlie Miranda elected in District 2 race

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Admitting that this hasn’t exactly been a very exciting campaign, Bob Buckhorn said today’s municipal election in Tampa is still very important. “Everyone has an obligation to vote,” the mayor declared while coming out of a polling place at the Sandy Freedman Tennis Courts center on Davis Island this morning. “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.” Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, along with their two daughters, Grace and Colleen, Tampa’s First Family came out of the voting booth a little…

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Kathy Castor to be part of congressional march on Selma bridge this weekend

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Kathy Castor of Tampa will be of one of approximately 100 members of Congress who will participate in the 50th anniversary of the march on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma AL this weekend. The original march on the Edmund Pettis Bridge was one of the crucial civil rights marches that led to the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. “I’m very honored to be making that trip with my colleague and civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta,” Castor…

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