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Jeff Brandes bill would reduce local choice of representation on Hillsborough County PTC

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St. Petersburg GOP state Sen. Jeff Brandes has filed legislation that would allow share-riding companies Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Florida, and would also change the current composition of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission — an agency that Brandes tried to kill in proposed legislation a year ago. The Brandes bill on the ride-sharing companies is similar to its companion in the House filed last week by Fort Walton Beach Republican Matt Gaetz in many respects. They both impose state…

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Tampa City Council candidates talk about favorite Cuban sandwiches & other not so crucial minutiae

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Tuesday night’s Tampa Bay Young Republicans City Council forum was the last official scheduled campaign forum of the 2015 campaign season, and while District 1 candidate Susan Long said she couldn’t recall a comment she made at an earlier debate because “there’s been so many of them,” the fact is that this was a relatively light schedule of events compared to the race four years ago, when a wide-open mayoral contest brought much more intense attention to the campaign. The…

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Miami Herald on its own political coverage: ‘Crist felt the heat. Rubio’s feeling it now. Meek will soon."

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Very interesting piece by Miami Herald ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos regarding the newspaper’s (and, by extension, The St. Petersburg Times’) recent coverage of Marco Rubio: I have checked on the coverage and come away with mixed conclusions. I don’t agree that The Herald is giving the Democrats a free ride. The reporting on Rubio’s spending has been solid and was just what The Herald should be doing. Some of the language used in headlines and stories, however, was tendentious and more…

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Miami Herald on its own political coverage: ‘Crist felt the heat. Rubio’s feeling it now. Meek will soon.”

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Very interesting piece by Miami Herald ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos regarding the newspaper’s (and, by extension, The St. Petersburg Times’) recent coverage of Marco Rubio: I have checked on the coverage and come away with mixed conclusions. I don’t agree that The Herald is giving the Democrats a free ride. The reporting on Rubio’s spending has been solid and was just what The Herald should be doing. Some of the language used in headlines and stories, however, was tendentious and more…

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