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Kathy Castor vows Cuba-Tampa Bay engagement will continue, despite Donald Trump’s rollback

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President Donald Trump told a crowd in Miami Friday he was keeping a campaign promise to roll back the “terrible and misleading deal” the Obama administration made with the Castro government in Cuba in 2014. Two hours later, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor told reporters that the work of engaging the Tampa Bay area and the communist island will continue. “I think President Trump’s new policy is regrettable and it takes us backward, because what it will do will really complicate our neighbor’s ability to…

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In Tampa, Jay Fant says House ‘out of whack’ for zeroing out funding for Enterprise Florida

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Jay Fant was back in Tampa Tuesday night, where he once again registered his disagreement with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the House vote to zero out funding for Enterprise Florida. The Jacksonville Republican state representative, speaking to the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee as he starts his campaign for attorney general, said he gets along very well with Corcoran, agreeing with him 90 percent of the time. But Fant disagrees with the House’s “method of how they handled this budget in relation…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.5.15 – A Hillsborough transportation plan without a sales tax?

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I received a text message last night informing me that the Tampa Bay Sierra Club had embraced Hillsborough County Commission Chair Sandy Murman‘s late-hour plan to fund transportation projects – which sounds like a larger sized version of what the Club called for back this past summer. You remember, the Club called for the county to began raising mobility fees and the gas tax, saying it would be a good start to raising funds for the county’s myriad transportation needs. I’ve…

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E.J. Otero blasts Hillsborough Commissioners for supporting Cuban consulate in Tampa

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Much of the Tampa Bay area business and political establishment is all in with having a Cuban consulate established in Tampa, so when the Hillsborough County Commission approved the idea recently, there was little resistance stated by any board members or members of the public. Since then, though,  two prominent Hillsborough Republicans – Danny Alvarez and now E.J. Otero – have slammed the board for its endorsement. Alvarez expressed his disavowal last week in an op-ed published in The Tampa…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.14.15 — Mariota 1, Winston and Tampa Bay 0

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One of the interesting stories leading into the beginning of this NFL season is who will be the better professional quarterback. Florida State’s Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota? Winston won the Heisman in leading FSU to the national championship in his debut 2013 season, while Mariota won last year’s Heisman. The debate will rage on for years (hopefully?), but the obvious winner on Day One of their careers was the Tennessee Titans, who chose Mariota in the 2nd pick…

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E.J. Otero says he’s uniquely qualified if he runs for Hillsborough County Commission

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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. E.J. Otero says he is receiving calls nearly everyday from Hillsborough County Republicans who want him to enter the County Commission District 6 seat. He and says he will make a decision on whether or not he’ll do so “within a reasonable amount of time.” Otero confirms that there is tremendous unease within GOP circles in Hillsborough about the viability of Jim Norman’s candidacy. The longtime former commissioner officially announced his political comeback last week when…

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Bay area Republicans gather to officially open Jeb Bush’s statewide headquarters in Tampa

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Jeb Bush may be struggling in the polls, but there was nothing but unadulterated love for him shown this afternoon in Tampa, where a bevy of local and state Republicans — highlighted by an appearance by Jeb Bush Jr. — gathered to officially open the former Florida governor’s statewide headquarters. Located in the Town N’ Country section in Northwest Tampa off of West Hillsborough Avenue, supporters crammed into a stuffy kitchen area to await the appearance of Bush Jr., the…

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