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Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione files to run in state HD 63 race

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Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, who was just re-elected without opposition to a second four-year term in her District 7 seat this past winter, said Tuesday she’s running for the Democratic nomination for the House District 63 race, a seat now held by Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison. “The issues facing our city and the entire Tampa Bay region are too big for us to continue waiting for the current dysfunctional Legislature to solve,” Montelione said in a prepared statement. “Throughout…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.28.15 — Are you ready for a George Pataki candidacy?

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I couldn’t be happier this morning, after staying up until midnight last night to see my lifelong basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, defeat the Houston Rockets,  and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975. Of course, there’s a guy by the name of LeBron James who stands in their way of actually capturing the Finals, which should make for irresistible entertainment. LeBron returned home to Cleveland last summer, and that city hasn’t won a championship…

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Mike Reedy says Shawn Harrison showed no leadership in 2015 Legislative Session

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The consensus among political pundits in Florida is that state Republicans won’t be hurt by the budget impasse that led the Legislature to break three days early last month. Those observers, though, acknowledge it could make a difference on the margins, in those few swing legislative districts across the state. One is House District 63, occupied by Republican Shawn Harrison. He’s being challenged next year by Democrat Mike Reedy, who works as a statewide business organizer for Equality Florida, the biggest LGBT…

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Alan Clendenin & Mark Danish talk about their political plans

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Mark Danish is entering a new phase of his life. The native New Yorker and lifelong school teacher stunned the local political world at the age of 58 back in 2012 when he upset Shawn Harrison in the House District 63 race. He only made it through one term, however, as Harrison won back the seat in another GOP tsunami in Florida last year. Danish has left his Hillsborough County middle school position, and has now transitioned to selling real estate.…

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Mike Reedy says Shawn Harrison failed to show leadership in 2015 legislative session

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The consensus among political pundits in Florida is that state Republicans won’t be hurt by the budget impasse that led the Legislature to break early last month, before they were able to pass their constitutional duties to pass a budget. Those same analysts do acknowledge that it could make a difference on the margins, in those few swing legislative districts sprinkled throughout the state. One of those districts in the House is HD 63, currently occupied by Republican Shawn Harrison. He’s…

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Tampa Rep. Shawn Harrison a rare GOP member ‘open’ to Senate Medicaid expansion plan

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In a letter published Sunday in the Tampa Tribune’s editorial section, Tampa House District 63 Republican Shawn Harrison writes that he is “open to a plan for private health coverage that draws down federal dollars with reasonable review, opt-out and sunset provisions included. Perhaps that can be some trial version of the Senate plan. “ But he adds in the very next paragraph that “all of us view the Senate plan in its current format with trepidation, and rightly so.” Harrison then goes on…

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Democrat Mike Reedy eyes getting HD 63 back into the D column

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Ever since Ed Homan was termed out of his House District 60 seat in North Tampa in 2010, it’s bounced back and forth in terms of political affiliation over the three subsequent elections — with Republican Shawn Harrison winning in the big Republican years of 2010 and 2014, and Democrat Mark Danish taking it in 2012, the same year that Barack Obama won Hillsborough County. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee next year, Democrats throughout the state and certainly in Hillsborough have been…

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