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Lawrence McClure with more cash-on-hand in final days of HD 58 GOP primary

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Dover businessman Lawrence McClure has more cash-on-hand than Plant City businesswoman and civic activist Yvonne Fry in the final days of their contentious House District 58 Republican primary campaign. With the latest financial figures coming in late Friday, McClure has raised a total of $135,485 versus Fry’s $112,790 through October 5. .

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NRA endorses Lawrence McClure in HD 58

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Republican candidate Lawrence McClure, running in the special election for House District 58, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association to replace previous state Rep. Dan Raulerson. McClure, a Hillsborough County Farm Board Bureau board member from Dover, is running against Plant City businesswoman Yvonne Fry in the GOP primary, which takes place Oct. 10. “Lawrence McClure has an ‘A’ rating and is the only candidate in this race endorsed by the NRA and he is the only candidate who honestly supports Second Amendment rights,” said…

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Yvonne Fry gets early endorsements from Plant City Commission

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One day into her candidacy for Florida House District 58, Yvonne Fry received the endorsement of all five current Plant City Commissioners, including Mayor Rick Lott as well as another former member.

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At Tampa rally for Enterprise Florida funding, Rick Scott repeatedly calls out Shawn Harrison

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Saying that he is “shocked” that a committee in the Florida House voted to kill funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida last week, Governor Rick Scott came to Tampa on Monday to urge the public to urge their state legislators to maintain the funding for those two besieged  agencies. “This is an important issue to me personally,” Scott said in his comments to reporters after concluding the second of three scheduled appearances around the state in what his staff is calling a “Fighting for…

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Sierra Club opposes proposed half-cent transit tax in Hillsborough County

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Although the Hillsborough County Policy Leadership Group won’t meet until next week to officially give its imprimatur to a proposed half-cent transit tax plan that County Administrator Mike Merrill unveiled last month, the plan has been met with less than enthusiastic reaction in some quarters of the county. Critics contend that it leans too heavily toward toward road and bridge maintenance, with just a third of the funds devoted to transit. With that backdrop, it shouldn’t be a complete surprise that the Tampa Bay…

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Hillsborough County PLG officials offer a wary perspective on proposed transit tax

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In the eight days since Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill and the members of the private transportation consulting group Parsons Brinckerhoff unveiled a proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could be on the 2016 ballot, it has been met with decidedly mixed opinion. That’s because the measure as proposed would go largely toward road and bridge maintenance, new roads and intersection improvements. Just 36 percent is proposed for transit. Nowhere has that disappointment been more clearly articulated than Friday on the front page of the…

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