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Experts debate pay equity at Tampa Tiger Bay Club

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Among the core tenets that many Democrats running for office talk about often is their belief in pay equity — the ability for women to make the same as men in the workforce. What is meant by pay equity and how it might be achieved was the subject of discussion at a Tampa Tiger Bay forum held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport Friday afternoon. Tampa Bay Times deputy managing editor of politics and business Amy Hollyfield started the conversation with a…

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Bob Buckhorn responds to Lisa Montelione’s comment on not being accessible

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(UPDATED with Bob Buckhorn response) At last week’s Tampa City Council meeting, the tension between some members of the board and Mayor Bob Buckhorn was on full display for the public to witness. The mayor’s announcement that he had signed an executive order on a police civilian review board (CRB) six days in advance of a previously scheduled Council meeting with Police Chief Eric Ward was a catalyst, while the dispute about who can name the members of the CRB remains the…

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Ken Hagan looking at possible run for Tampa mayor in 2019

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Longtime Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan says he’s considering a run for mayor of Tampa in 2019. “I’m encouraged everyday to consider running for either mayor of Tampa or a constitutional seat,” Hagan said on Tuesday. Having just been re-elected to his District 5 countywide Commission seat last year, he admits he’s not in any hurry to consider running for any new office, but confesses that “it’s definitely something I’m going to take a look at.” The 47-year-old Tampa native…

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After 8 years, Mary Mulhern signs off from the Tampa City Council

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It was someone fitting that on her last daytime meeting serving on the Tampa City Council, Mary Mulhern chaired a workshop discussion on the update of the city’s comprehensive plan regarding climate change and raising sea levels. The environment has always been a central concern for Mulhern, who is leaving the Council after eight years next week due to term limits. “I know that some of you and I have had our disagreements and we’ve always been collegial and I appreciate that,”…

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Mary Mulhern says ‘thank you’ to supporters as she prepares to exit Tampa City Council

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Dozens of people in the Tampa progressive community gathered Wednesday night in Ybor City to say goodbye (for now) to Mary Mulhern, the Tampa City Council woman who is leaving the board due to term limits next week. “Mary has always stood up for everybody in this community,” said Tampa attorney and prominent Democrat Gary Gibbons, who introduced Mulhern on the stage in the courtyard of Gasper’s Grotto. “Sometimes she was the only vote on a tough issue, and she…

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The Keyser Soze of Florida politics

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Even though it’s a little hypocritical of me filing election complaints against candidates for such sins of omission as failing to include the required disclaimer on their campaign material, I do so for an important reason. I believe it’s important for candidates running for office to retain the counsel of a paid political consultant, if for no other reason than so that someone can help navigate them through the hazardous waters of campaign finance laws.  Just as a judge (unofficially)…

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Linda Saul-Sena could be temporarily kicked off ballot but will still be able to run in November

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From Mitch Perry: It’s not been a great 24 hours for John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena, two Tampa Democrats who intended to catapult from the Tampa City Council to Hillsborough County Commission later this year. The two intended to serve out as much of their terms as possible before resigning prior to the November 2 election, but instead both had to leave the council overnight, when they realized that they had missed the deadline to submit a letter to the Hillsborough Supervisor…

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