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Yolie Capin decides against County Commission run

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Tampa City Councilwoman Yolie Capin will not run for the Hillsborough County District 1 seat in 2018.

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Aakash Patel showing tremendous fundraising prowess in County Commission bid

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First-time candidate Aakash Patel has already proved one thing during his bid to win a seat on the Hillsborough County Commission: he knows how to raise money The 33-year-old Republican raised more than $41,000 for his campaign in August, bringing his total to $156,201. Add another $23,800 from his political committee, Elevate Tampa, and Patel has raised more than $180,000. 

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Tampa Council members opine on Curtis Hixon Park bar/restaurant concept

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News of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s choice of Four Green Fields for a new restaurant/bar in Curtis Hixon Park caused some consternation on social media Wednesday. But what do City Council members think? Although the Council is now on a two-week summer hiatus, FloridaPolitics.com caught up with two members having opposing opinions about the administration’s choice of Irish pub Four Green Fields for a “raw bar” concept that includes indoor and outdoor seating in a pavilion space along Twiggs Street.…

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Dana Young planning major re-election fundraiser December 2

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House Republican Majority Leader Dana Young will raise funds for her re-election with a major event December 2 in Tampa. Cabinet members Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi and Adam Putnam, as well as House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran headline the invitation for Young’s fundraiser at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. Honorary hosts include state Senators Jeff Brandes and Tom Lee, several state representatives, and Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee. Other notables on the host committee are Louis Betz, Justin…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.8.15 — USF Athletics audibilizes on Ybor ban

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The biggest news on Labor Day in Tampa was the report that, in the wake of the tragic stabbing death of former USF student and football player  Elkino Watson early Sunday morning outside an Ybor City nightclub, head coach Willie Taggart was banning his players from visiting the historic entertainment district. The biggest story this morning is how Taggart’s boss, Athletic Director Mark Harlan, has overruled him. In a statement, Harlan says that contrary to Taggart’s proclamation, USF players can party there or…

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