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Tampa attorney and political activist Stacy Frank dies at 61

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Stacy Frank, a Tampa-based attorney and small business owner and the daughter of Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts Pat Frank, died on Saturday, June 25, at the age of 61 from lung cancer. Frank was very involved in Hillsborough County politics, including assisting in her mother’s campaigns for Clerk of the Courts. “Stacy was a fighter, a believer and an inspiration to many. I always looked up to her as a strong woman and a successful businesswoman,” wrote Ashley Walker, the Fort Lauderdale political strategist who…

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Hillsborough School Board candidate Stanley Gray calls for more outrage over district graduation rates

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Seven candidates are running for the Hillsborough County School Board District 7 election, and Stanley Gray thinks he’s the best man for the job. The 60-year-old retired Marine captain lived all around the country for the first part of his life, but settled down in Tampa in 2001. He’s outraged by the graduation rates in Hillsborough County schools, and says more people should be. According to a 2015 Tampa Bay Times report, Hillsborough had a graduation rate of 73.5 percent, which trailed the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.25.16 — The agony and the agony

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Tampa Bay area sports fans were hit with a double whammy of negativity on Tuesday. I also had a poor night watching people play games for profit. First of all, the Tampa Bay Lightning blew their opportunity to close out their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and face elimination tomorrow night in Pennsylvania. The Lightning played a listless game for two periods; the Penguins, playing with their season on the line, were by far the more aggressive…

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Alan Clendenin to run for Hillsborough County School board

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Alan Clendenin, the first vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a retired air traffic controller, announced Friday that he will run for the Hillsborough County School Board in District 7. Clendenin, 57,  has never run for any elected office, but he’s a prominent Democrat who came close to leading the state party back in January of 2013. In a brief interview, Clendenin says he likes the direction that Superintendent Jeff Eakins…

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Hillsborough County Dems delay vote on Go Hillsborough

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With Hillsborough County Commissioners poised to decide next week on whether to put the Go Hillsborough half-cent sales tax for transportation on the November ballot, members of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee gathered Monday night to weigh in on the issue. Except they didn’t. After hearing ten-minute presentations in both support and against the proposal, and with time running out on the 90-minute meeting, party officials opted to table the issue for another month. That could leave the group voiceless,…

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Excitement (and some concern) as Hillary Clinton campaign opens office in Tampa

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Dozens of supporters for Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign packed the front of the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City on Wednesday night to celebrate the opening of her Tampa office, thirteen days before Florida’s March 15 presidential primary. “You are standing in ground zero of American politics,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn declared while standing atop the steps of the building’s north side. “This is where Presidents get picked, right here in Ybor City, right here in Tampa, right here in the…

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FDP Vice Chair Alan Clendenin not backing away from criticism of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz was in Tampa last week for a fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party, and when she confronted Alan Clendenin, things got a little chilly. It was “as good as it always goes,” says Clendenin of the strained meeting that took pace at the law offices of Swope, Rodante in Ybor City. Although the two mix like “oil and water” (in Clendenin’s words), the tension was even greater than usual because the day before Clendenin had posted a story about…

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