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Tampa Tiger Bay Club cancels Friday’s event

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Friday’s monthly Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting is another casualty of the post-hurricane Irma environment. Organizers announced Thursday due to the impact that the storm has had on the community, they will reschedule the program slated for noon on Friday that was going to feature a debate on charter schools.

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Ross Spano endorses Yvonne Fry in House District 58 contest

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Ross Spano, who represents the Greater Brandon area in the House of Representatives, is endorsing Plant City businesswoman Yvonne Fry in the House District 58 special election. “Yvonne Fry is the most qualified and well-prepared candidate to serve the residents of District 58,” Spano said on Friday. “We share a focus on education and small business issues. While I have been working to address these issues in Tallahassee, she has been hard at work here at home.

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Political consultant Kelso Tanner announces run for Hillsborough School Board

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After years working to get Republicans elected to local and state office, Kelso Tanner is now ready to enter the arena himself. The Gibsonton-based political consultant announced Monday he will file for next year’s Hillsborough County School Board’s District 6 race. In his statement, Tanner said that the impetus for his decision to run was the board’s controversial decision last December to cut “courtesy busing” service. The decision will result in about 7,500 high school and middle school students who…

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Meet Ed Briggs, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Ed Briggs, a 27-year-old Tallahassee native, resides in Brandon, and says his entry into politics was purely by accident – or fate. Like his father and grandfather before him, Briggs wanted to pursue a career in the U.S. Navy, with the dream to become a flight officer. But through a confluence of events (such as Congress failing to pass a budget), the dream didn’t work out. However, working with Joel Springer with the Senate Victory for the Republican Party of…

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Hillsborough County School Board hires Jeff Eakins at $225,000 annually

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The Hillsborough County School Board approved a two-year contract for new superintendent Jeff Eakins today that will pay him $225,000 annually beginning July 1, and then must be approved by the board on an annual basis beginning in 2018. The audience at the school board meeting erupted in cheers after his contract was unanimously 7-0 by the board. The 49-year-old Eakins had been serving as the deputy superintendent prior to the board selecting him to succeed MaryEllen Elia back in March. He…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.4.15 — Hillsborough School Board defies the critics (again) & goes with Eakins

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Yesterday was quite a day news wise. But before we talk City Council races, how about that Hillsborough County School District Board? They did it again yesterday — going against the sentiments  of the editorial writers and newspaper columnists who demanded they take on a national search to succeed MaryEllen Elia as the district’s superintendent. Instead, on a 4-3 vote, the board opted to hire interim superintendent Jeff Eakins, if he can come to terms on a contract by June 9. Two…

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