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On Rick Scott/Richard Corcoran feud; ‘incentives’ not needed to draw business to Florida

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In 2012, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan went on a personal crusade to convince Bass Pro Shops to build a store in Brandon. Hagan’s aim was to create jobs as the county struggled to recover from the Great Recession. He proposed an “incentive” package that was about $15 million of taxpayer money, arguing that it was the cost of doing business with a company like that. Many people disagreed. They screamed. They howled. They complained that giving a Death Star-like…

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Sue Carlton column: Ronda Storms bested in Brandon (by Paul Phillips)? Has the world gone mad?

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I can’t believe I am actually excerpting a column from Sue Cartlton, but I had to since it mentions the uber-smart Paul Phillips: The Hillsborough Republican Party recently presented a straw poll done in conjunction with Republican clubs in the suburban enclaves of Brandon and FishHawk. The results: Marco Rubio was the Republican’s Republican for U.S. Senate, and, yeah, you kinda saw that coming. Bill McCollum was their guy for governor, and ditto that. But what was this? A Republican…

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Tom Lee endorses Marco Rubio

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From Windy March: Former state Senate President Tom Lee of Brandon announced today he’s backing Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate primary, becoming one of the first prominent Hillsborough Republicans to side with Rubio against Gov. Charlie Crist. Hillsborough has long been a stronghold for Crist along with his home county of Pinellas. Crist’s Hillsborough supporters include former Gov. Bob Martinez, high-level GOP fundraiser Al Austin and most of the county’s top elected Republican officeholders, from Sheriff David Gee to…

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