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April Griffin says Ione Townsend blocked her from running for Hillsborough County DEC chair a year ago

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The reverberations from Monday’s Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee meeting continued on Wednesday when School Board Chair April Griffin said she was denied the opportunity to run for the DEC chair position a year ago by Ione Townsend, who ended up running as the only candidate to replace Elizabeth Belcher. In a posting on her Facebook page, Griffin said that with no groundswell of support for a chair to succeed Belcher, she had given the idea serious consideration and decided she…

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Commission on Ethics dismisses complaint made against Hillsborough Property Appraiser candidate Todd Jones

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The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed a complaint filed last month against Republican property appraiser candidate Todd Jones. Former Hillsborough County Democratic chair Elizabeth Belcher made two assertions in her complaint. One was that Jones had left blank the spaces for listing assets and describing business affiliations in his financial disclosure form that he originally completed in June. She alleged that Jones had failed to accurate disclose assets on his “CE Form 6” financial disclosure for 2015. Jones says he received bad legal…

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Mark Ober and Andrew Warren debate criminal justice at Tampa Tiger Bay club

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On Tuesday night, voters in Duval and Orange counties ousted their respective incumbent State Attorney’s. In Hillsborough County this fall, Andrew Warren hopes to continue that trend. Warren is a former federal prosecutor who quit his job late last year to challenge 16-year incumbent Mark Ober. In what was perhaps the single most important hour of his campaign to date, Warren blasted his Republican rival on Friday at a Tampa Tiger Bay debate for being too focused on conviction rates than in making…

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Alan Grayson calls Harry Reid “human cash register” in Tiger Bay appearance

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U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson blasted U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Friday, a week after Reid called on him to quit the race for U.S. Senate in Florida. A New York Times report about a Grayson hedge fund moved Reid to make his comment and to further say, “Grayson claims to be a progressive, but it seems like he has no moral compass.” Grayson replied by saying that with Reid himself also under investigation he should hardly be preaching about a moral compass. In the investigation of…

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Ione Townsend elected Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee chairwoman

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The Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee elected Ione Townsend on Monday night to be their chairwoman for the remainder of 2016. Of the 76 votes counted, Townsend took home 68 votes. Longtime DEC member Alvin Wolfe finished a distant second with six votes. A third candidate in the race, Eastern Hillsborough County Democratic head Michael Newett, announced before the vote that he was dropping out of the contest. Townsend had been considered the favorite going into Monday night’s vote, in…

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Three candidates vie to lead Hillsborough County Dems in 2016

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There are now three candidates vying to become the next chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, and none of them are Mark Hanisee. Ione Townsend (pictured), Mike Newett and Alvin Wolfe have all declared their intentions to lead the party when the Hillsborough DEC membership convenes to vote to succeed Elizabeth Belcher on January 11. Hanisee was immediately floated as a possible successor to Belcher when she announced she would be stepping down in November. The former chair of the Pinellas…

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Elizabeth Belcher resigns as chair of Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee

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Elizabeth Belcher, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee for the past 11 months, has resigned from her position, effective next month. She made that announcement at the party’s monthly meeting in Ybor City on Monday night, where she said it had been a great year, but was now time for her to move on. Belcher was elected without opposition to chair the party this past December, where she succeeded Michael van Hoek. There will be an election to replace…

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