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Dana Young named to chair Health Care policy committee in Florida Senate

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Dana Young has been named as chair of Health Care policy in the Florida state Senate. The South Tampa Republican, who was elected to the Legislature’s upper chamber earlier this month in SD 18, will also serve as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Senate President Joe Negron handed out such assignments to his charges in the Senate on Tuesday for the 2017 and 2018 sessions. Other Hillsborough County area senators who learned that they would chair committees include…

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Alan Clendenin says he’s undecided on whether to run for Florida Democratic Party Chair

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In January of 2013, DNC and Florida State Committeeman Alan Clendenin lost out to Allison Tant in an intensely fought contest to lead the Florida Democratic Party. When Tant announced two weeks ago that she would not run again for party chair in 2017, a bevy of names were floated as possible candidates to succeed her. One of them was Clendenin, but as of now, he has yet to commit to the race. “I  am still talking to folks and observing,” Clendenin told FloridaPolitics in an email…

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Dana Young and Darryl Rouson set to start new careers in Florida Senate

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At Tuesday’s Organization Session in Tallahassee, all 40 state senators elected earlier this month will take their oath in office. Both senators representing Hillsborough County, Darryl Rouson and Dana Young, are new to the job, though not to the Legislature. Young returns to Tallahassee having fulfilled her goal of advancing into the Senate after six years in the Florida House. The newly created state Senate District 18 she now represents includes more than half of the same boundaries of her House District 60 seat, and she…

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Luis Viera announces new slate of Democrats backing his candidacy in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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The campaign regarding who will be the next representative for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat this week has turned into a series of dueling announcements regarding endorsements. After Jim Davison announced on Wednesday night that Avis Harrison, who finished third in the District 7 primary vote last week, was backing him in the Dec. 6 runoff election, his opponent, Luis Viera, announced a slate of current and former lawmakers in Tampa/Hillsborough County on Thursday. They include Hillsborough County Commissioner Les…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.15.16 — The non-voters speak out

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Mike Evans is feeling the heat today — and so is his employer, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Evans decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium versus the Chicago Bears to protest the election of Donald Trump as president is predictably receiving negative reviews in Tampa — the home of MacDill Air Force Base — and the country. Among those critics is Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala, who says he’s “tired of it.” Since this…

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Ed Narain the latest name to be floated as potential chair of Florida Democratic Party

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In the 72 hours since Allison Tant announced she would not run for another term as Florida Democratic Party chair, all sorts of names have been floated as possible successors. DNC Committeeman Alan Clendenin, former House Minority Leader Dan Gelber, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, former lawmaker Dwight Bullard and former lieutenant governor candidate Annette Taddeo are just some of Florida Democrats being mentioned in the conversation. Another is Ed Narain, the outgoing head of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, whose ascendancy in the Legislature was snuffed in August when he narrowly lost a run for…

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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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