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Pasco businessman Ardian Zika to run for House District 37

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Land O’ Lakes business owner and banker Ardian Zika is the latest Republican to file to run for the Pasco County state House seat being vacated by term-limited Richard Corcoran.

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Richard Corcoran announces 2018 leadership in House

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In a Tuesday memo, House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced his leadership for the 2018 Legislative Session, including the committee weeks that lead up to the annual session. Current Majority Whip Dane Eagle keeps that post, but now will be a member of the Republican leadership team. Rep. Jim Boyd will chair the Commerce Committee, taking over from Jose Felix Diaz, who is running for state Senate. Replacing Boyd at the helm of the Ways & Means Committee is Paul Renner, recently picked…

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It’s official: Pete Antonacci hired as Enterprise Florida CEO

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Without surprise or intrigue, the full board of Enterprise Florida (EFI) on Monday hired lawyer and Gov. Rick Scott loyalist Pete Antonacci to be its next leader. The former lobbyist had been recommended as the new CEO by the jobs-recruiting agency’s executive committee during a conference call last week. Scott chairs the EFI board of directors as governor.

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At Tampa Tiger Bay, local officials bemoan expected expansion of homestead exemption

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While it won’t go into effect for another year and a half, the expected passage of a constitutional amendment expanding the homestead exemption is already giving local officials severe headaches. Amendment 1 asks voters to approve an expansion of the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 of the first $100,000 of a home’s taxable value. State lawmakers who supported it said the average homeowner would save about $275 per year, based on the statewide average home value of $220,000 and an…

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Bob Buckhorn ready to raise Tampa’s millage rate

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Tampa hasn’t raised its millage fee in nearly three decades, but that tax-free streak may end soon. Mayor Bob Buckhorn met this week with each member of the City Council in advance of presenting his budget proposal Thursday.

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Kathryn Starkey eyeing a run for Richard Corcoran’s House seat

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Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey may mount a 2018 bid for Richard Corcoran’s state House seat in 2018, sources tell FloridaPolitics.com.

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Florida Democrats slam Adam Putnam for Facebook comment about anti-NRA protest in Tampa

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The Florida Democratic Party is taking Adam Putnam to task a day after the Agricultural Commissioner and gubernatorial nominee mocked an anti-National Rifle Association protest held in Tampa. “Classic progressive move,” Putnam wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “Desperate attempt to limit our 2nd Amendment rights.” Listed below his comment was a link to a story that Florida Politics reported about Sunday, when more than 80 citizens marched in downtown Tampa against a provocative NRA television ad featuring conservative…

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