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Joe Henderson: Facing many hurdles, Bob Buckhorn could make a good governor

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The rebirth of downtown Tampa brought inevitable speculation that Mayor Bob Buckhorn might parlay it into a shot at the governor’s mansion in 2018. The job obviously has appeal for someone like Buckhorn, who likes a big stage and challenge. Asking him to tip his hand about a possible run, though, has proved to be a necessary, but ultimately fruitless, endeavor. As he told Mitch Perry of FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday, “Like a lot of people who are contemplating the future, you…

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In Pittsburgh TV interview, Mitch Kates says Kevin Beckner’s victory in 2008 changed Tampa Bay area politics for the better

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Although he’s been long gone from the Tampa Bay area political scene, Democratic strategist Mitch Kates still recalls his days of leading Democrats to upset victories in both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties with fond memories. Now the political director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Kates appeared last week on Pittsburgh Community Television to discuss his peripatetic career, which has taken him from his native Northeast to the Tampa Bay Area, to working on campaigns in Eastern Europe (Georgia), Kosovo and the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius.…

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Mitch Kates resurfaces as political director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party

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Although he said a couple of years ago that he was going to retire from running campaigns, reports of Mitch Kates departure from the political arena were obviously greatly exaggerated. The latest move for the 51-year-old political strategist – who made a huge splash in the Tampa Bay Area for a short period of time in the mid-to-late aughts – is his recent ascension to becoming the political director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. It’s a big responsibility heading into…

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Kevin Beckner starts fundraising early for Clerk of the Courts gig

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When he began running countywide as the Democratic challenger to Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair in 2007, Kevin Beckner started out very early. He had to. Very few people in the political community knew him as he ran for office for the first time; Hillsborough County was and is a huge swath of land to campaign in, and oh yeah, he was an openly gay man running for office on a board that less than two years earlier had voted to…

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Kevin Beckner files to run for Hillsborough Clerk of the Courts

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner, who is termed out of office next year, has filed to run for the Clerk of the Circuit Courts in Hillsborough County. Records filed with the Supervisor of Elections office shows that Beckner filed Thursday afternoon. He lists Gil Sainz, his longtime companion and now husband, as his campaign treasurer. For the past 16 years Beckner has worked as a certified financial planner, and he says combined with his past six years on the Board…

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Brian Blair’s son, caught with drugs in his pockets, says he was wearing dad’s pants

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More developments from the latest domestic issue involving the House of Blair: Brett Leslie Blair, 18, was charged with possession of oxycodone, marijuana and paraphernalia when the 1996 Toyota he was driving was pulled over by Tampa police for speeding at 5:27 a.m. near Brooks Street and Busch Boulevard. According to an arrest report, the officer smelled burning marijuana and searched him. Police say the officer found 5 1/2 oxycodone pills in his front pocket. Blair said he was wearing…

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Brian Blair’s son, caught with drugs in his pockets, says he was wearing dad’s pants

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More developments from the latest domestic issue involving the House of Blair: Brett Leslie Blair, 18, was charged with possession of oxycodone, marijuana and paraphernalia when the 1996 Toyota he was driving was pulled over by Tampa police for speeding at 5:27 a.m. near Brooks Street and Busch Boulevard. According to an arrest report, the officer smelled burning marijuana and searched him. Police say the officer found 5 1/2 oxycodone pills in his front pocket. Blair said he was wearing…

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