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HART introducing cutting-edge vehicles to HyperLink connection with Innovation Alliance

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The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will announce next week a partnership with the Tampa Innovation Alliance to enhance transportation options in the USF area. The plan is to introduce a small fleet of cutting-edge Tesla vehicles into the local market. Since its implementation last year, HART’s HyperLink program has allowed riders to book a ride through a smartphone app to and from bus stops in three designated areas: North Tampa, Brandon, and Carrollwood. It’s designed to solve the “first mile/last mile” issue by…

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Pat Kemp wants public to put pressure on Hillsborough County Commissioners to fund transit now

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Pat Kemp lost her battle this week to redirect approximately half of the $812 million in public funds toward transit and not just roads in the next decade. But Kemp says she will continue to advocate for the county to directly fund transit projects over the course of the next four years. During the debate about the Go Hillsborough half-cent sales tax proposal last year (which a majority of County Commissioners ultimately deemed unworthy of inclusion on the ballot), County Administrator…

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Republican David Wilson considers a run for Hillsborough Commission in 2018

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After Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham announced last week that he won’t run for re-election next year, several names have been floated as potential candidates on both sides of the aisle for the countywide District 7 seat, including Tom Aderhold, Janet Cruz, Tim Schock, and Kevin Beckner.  Along with those likely suspects, there will undoubtedly be some individuals who’ve never ran for office before in the mix, and one of them could be David Wilson. Wilson is a Valrico-based commercial real estate sales associate and a…

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Pat Kemp sworn in as newest Hillsborough County Commissioner

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Pat Kemp, Sandy Murman and Les Miller were all official sworn into office on Tuesday to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission for the next four years. For Miller and Murman, if all goes well they will have spent a full decade in office when their term ends in 2020. Both were elected in 2010, after serving previous stints in the Florida Legislature. For Kemp, it’s the culmination of her work over the past several years to finally sit on…

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Jonny Torres to challenge Deb Tamargo for chair of Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee

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Jonny Torres, currently vice chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, has announced he will challenge incumbent chair Deborah Tamargo when the party holds elections next month. Although the GOP had a big night nationally and in Florida last week, Torres said the results out of Hillsborough were disappointing, and he believes it’s time for a change in leadership. “Today, we bear little resemblance to the organization we once were,” Torres wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Those of you…

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Pat Kemp defeats Tim Schock in Hillsborough County District 6

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Democrat Pat Kemp defeated challenger Tim Shock for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat. Kemp had 55 percent of the vote for a solid victory. Voters had two strong choices in this countywide race. Kemp, who narrowly lost to Republican Al Higginbotham in 2014, had transportation as her main issue. She has long been a vocal advocate for solutions to the area’s top long-term issue that goes beyond adding new roads. She advocates stronger growth management policies to help…

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Tim Schock says he is “appalled” that Pat Kemp received contributions from taxi industry

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In the last fundraising report before Election Day, Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidate Pat Kemp lists two $1,000 contributions from the taxicab industry: $1,000 from Yellow Cab Company of Tampa, and $1,000 from Gulf Coast Transportation. Her GOP opponent, Tim Schock, has a problem with that. “I’m appalled at what I just read,” Schock says in a video posted Saturday night, referring to looking over Kemp’s latest financial filing. “In doing so, she has shown her disdain for future  transportation…

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