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Deborah Tamargo re-elected as Hillsborough GOP chief

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Deborah Tamargo has won re-election as chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Party. Tamargo withstood a challenge from Jonny Torres, the second vice chairman of the party, winning 94-58 over Torres on Tuesday night at the party’s reorganization meeting at MOSI in North Tampa. Torres ran an insurgent campaign against Tamargo, who was narrowly elected in 2014 over former chair Debbie Cox-Roush. He claimed party membership and interest had dropped in recent years, and that local candidates weren’t really helped by the REC in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.16.16 — Friday follies

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Good morning to you all on this, the last Friday MPR I’ll be filing in 2016 … Good news for those of us on the Affordable Care Act: While the GOP-led House of Representative promise to repeal the ACA within the first 100 days of the Trump administration, the date that the provisions of the act will be delayed, according to a report in today’s New York Times, by as “short as two years or as long as three or four years.”…

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Deb Tamargo battles Jonny Torres for future control of Hillsborough County Republican Party

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November 8 was a pretty great night for Florida Republicans. For the first time since 2004, the Sunshine State went red in the presidential race; Marco Rubio easily won re-election in his race for the U.S. Senate. And despite the redistricting of every state Senate seat, the GOP lost no seats in the Legislature’s upper chamber. One not so bright place for the GOP was in Hillsborough County, where Hillary Clinton won decisively against Donald Trump, putting a dent into the county’s reputation as a reliable bellwether for the presidential race.…

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Run-off elections prove fruitful for Tampa Democrats for second straight year

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Somewhat lost in the tumult over the infighting within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee this week is the fact that for the second time in less than two years, a Democrat has been elected to the Tampa City Council in a run-off election after finishing a distant second in the initial election. Luis Viera’s win by 63 votes in the District 7 race  came four weeks after he finished 2,469 votes behind Jim Davison in the Nov.8 general election. “We had…

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Bob Buckhorn calls on Florida Republicans to “put your country first” and vote for Hillary Clinton

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Bob Buckhorn has a simple question for the four members of the Florida Cabinet regarding Donald Trump. “Where ya hidin’?” the Tampa mayor asked Wednesday at a news conference held outside City Hall. He was referring to how some of Florida’s leading Republicans have cut a very low profile when it comes to discussing Trump in the aftermath of the lewd sexual comments the Manhattan real estate magnate made in a 2005 video leaked to The Washington Post last Friday. “You’ve got to make a fundamental choice: Pam…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.12.16 – Is there still no crying in baseball?

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It’s painful today for me, folks. I stayed up past midnight this morning to see the Chicago Cubs come from behind with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants, 6-5, and advance to the National League Championship Series this weekend, where they’ll play either Washington D.C. or Los Angeles. When I was a kid in the 1970’s, baseball was my favorite sport, just like it was America’s. But over the course of…

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Hillsborough GOP Chair Deb Tamargo says media strays on covering presidential race because of “sexier” issues

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While some Republicans are jumping off the Donald Trump train with just four weeks until Election Day, Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Chair Deb Tamargo says the calls coming into her office on Monday supported the GOP presidential nominee, and were critical of Paul Ryan. The Speaker of the House told Congressional Republicans Monday they should feel free to stop supporting Trump if they felt it would improve their electoral prospects. Although the conventional wisdom among political observers says Trump more than held his own in the second debate on Sunday night…

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