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#3 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Bob Buckhorn

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Although his announcement in early March that he will not be a candidate in 2018 takes away some of his juice, being mayor of the biggest city representing the biggest media market in Florida means Bob Buckhorn will continue to wield power for the next two years. The biggest question is, perhaps, how will he use that power? Circumstances bigger than himself have thwarted one of his main missions — seeing Tampa and the Tampa Bay area start to make…

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#19 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Janet Cruz

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The first Latina House Minority Leader in the history of the Florida Legislature, Tampa Democrat Janet Cruz is perhaps at the maximum level of her power in the 2017 session, the first in her two-year stint. Originally elected in a tightly contested special election in her overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning district in January 2010, Cruz has impressed friends and colleagues at her ascendance in Tallahassee. Although there have been reports about her considering a run against Dana Young next year in the…

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The political class react to Bob Buckhorn’s decision not to run for Governor

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Bob Buckhorn’s decision not to run for Governor is eliciting plenty of reaction in Tampa. Many people say they are not surprised Buckhorn has chosen not to pursue a path to the top political job in Florida. “Am I the only one who felt he wasn’t heading in that direction?” asked City Councilwoman Yolie Capin. “I truly believe that he made the right decision because he has not demonstrated over the past six months that he had a keen interest in running for governor,” said Councilman Frank Reddick.…

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Heckled offstage, Debbie Wasserman Schultz now faces tough re-election

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The furor over leaked emails not only got U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz heckled out of her speaking role Monday at the Democratic National Convention; it’s also providing fodder for her congressional primary opponent. Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation as Democratic National Committee chair for the sake of party unity after the e-mails indicated that under her leadership, the committee sought to undermine Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ campaign before Hillary Clinton became the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee. Her opponent in…

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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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Melissa McKinlay set to appear with Kathy Castor at Tampa fundraiser

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Palm Beach Commissioner Melissa McKinlay announced Thursday she will raise money for her congressional campaign in Tampa this weekend — and she’ll be joined by some serious local Democratic brass. Five-term Tampa U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor will address attendees at the brunch event Saturday morning in support of McKinlay, who is seeking the 18th Congressional District seat left open by incumbent Democrat Patrick Murphy‘s decision to run for the Senate in 2016. Besides Castor, who will keynote the event, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg…

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Floridian Partners bags major PR contract with Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

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THEA (Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority) has awarded a three-year marketing and communications contract to the Floridian Partners, LLC team, which includes two local marketing and production partners, Playbook Public Relations. LLC, and Shooting Stars Post, Inc. Floridian Partners, LLC, a full-service strategic communications and advocacy firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tallahassee and Tampa, has led numerous successful marketing, communications and advocacy efforts at local, state and federal levels. “We look forward to helping THEA market and promote their many…

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