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Mike Fasano’s July charity is Pasco back-to-school supply drive

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For July’s charity-of-the-month, the five offices of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be collecting donations to help kids whose families cannot afford basic back-to-school supplies required of most students. Soon after the promotion ends at the end of the month, schools in each community will receive the supplies. “Each year students are expected to purchase an ever-growing list of supplies to bring with them on the first day of school,” Fasano said in a statement. “Gone are the…

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‘Invisible Pasco’ activist Linda Jack to challenge Amber Mariano in House District 36

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Democrat Linda Jack, a veterinarian from New Port Richey, has filed to run for the Florida House District 36 seat currently held by Republican Amber Mariano.  Dr.Jack is a Florida native who spent many years traveling, performing and teaching as a professional musician, based in New York, Boston and Nashville. She then switched careers after obtaining a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from North Carolina State University and subsequently worked in Virginia and North Carolina before moving back home to…

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Bill Gunter to take another stab at HD 37 seat

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Bill Gunter, a pastor of the Redeemer Community Church in New Port Richey, will make a second run for the Florida Legislature, seeking the House District 37 seat being vacated next year by term-limited Richard Corcoran. “Our great President Donald J. Trump has inspired me with his leadership and direction over the past year,” Gunter said in a statement. I will fight for the issues important to my fellow citizens if elected to serve in Tallahassee.” Gunter won a GOP primary election in 2013 in the special election to…

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#2 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Richard Corcoran

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Although Richard Corcoran was undoubtedly the most powerful man in Tallahassee this year, the House Speaker from Trinity comes in a surprising second in this year’s survey. But nobody ruled the state capitol like Corcoran did this past spring, winning the battle (at least so far) with Gov. Rick Scott in gutting VISIT Florida and substantially downsizing Enterprise Florida under the mantra of “no more corporate welfare.” Corcoran also made enemies out of local government officials who are already cutting back…

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#16 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Gus Bilirakis

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Tarpon Springs Rep. Gus Bilirakis earned props even from of his most zealous Democratic Party critics when he held three well-publicized town hall meetings in early 2017, where he steadfastly defended his opposition to the Affordable Care Act while acknowledging at the time that his GOP House colleagues didn’t have a replacement bill teed up to support. The day before the House voted on the American Health Care Act 2.0 in early May, a spokesperson said he was undecided as…

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Florida Senate light on lobbying in new rules

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Senate President-designate Joe Negron on Tuesday released his chamber’s proposed rules for 2016-18, which didn’t contain the strict provisions of their House counterparts. But the Stuart Republican, set to officially take over next week, still told members in a memo to “review the attached documents carefully” since “the adoption of rules is a significant matter.” Noteworthy changes include: — Increasing the ethics training requirement to four hours from one hour. — Allowing the Rules Committee to report to the “findings concerning a…

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