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Jim Norman, Tim Schock not fans of Go Hillsborough proposal

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There were definite moments of disagreements between Jim Norman and Tim Schock in their candidate forum at a South Tampa eatery on Monday night. On the issue of Go Hillsborough, though, the two Republicans vying to run for the District 6 County Commission seat this November are singing from the same page. “It’s D.O.A.” Norman said of the possible half-cent transportation tax. The current BOCC will decide this month whether it goes on the November ballot. “You’re not going to…

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Pat Kemp gets big endorsements in Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race

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Three major Tampa Democrats – Betty Castor, Jim Davis and Ed Turanchik – are all endorsing Pat Kemp in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 contest. “I see Pat as being cut from the same cloth as strong woman leaders, like Sylvia-Kimbell Rodriguez, Phyllis Busansky, Kathy Castor and Pam Iorio,” Castor said in a statement. She’s the mother of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, who Kemp worked for as an aide during Kathy’s time on the county commission a decade ago. “Pat has…

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John Dicks leads all Hillsborough County Commission District 6 candidates in January fundraising

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In his first month of fundraising after announcing his candidacy, former Plant City Mayor John Dicks raised $10,882 in January in his bid for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race. Nearly half of that total – $5,000 – came from Dicks himself. Dicks entered the contest on Jan. 18, becoming the fourth Democrat to compete for the open county commission seat that will be vacated later this year by a term-limited Kevin Beckner. Tampa lawyer Brian Willis raised the…

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Brian Willis announces raising more than $75,000 for his Hillsborough BOCC District 6 seat

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Brian Willis, the Tampa-based attorney running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat, announced on Monday that his campaign has raised more than $75,000 from over 450 contributions since he started last spring. “We’ve been spreading our message across the county,” Willis said in a statement. “Everywhere I go, we add new supporters to our team who want to volunteer, donate, and spread the word. It’s clear that voters are ready for new leadership and new ideas to move Hillsborough forward.”…

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John Dicks poised for Hillsborough County Commission District 6 run

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John Dicks appears poised to become the fourth Democrat to enter the highly competitive Hillsborough County District 6 countywide race. The former Plant City Mayor has not officially filed papers with the Supervisor of Elections office, but a website – VoteJohnDicks.com – has been created but still appears in the construction stage. Though he was not available for comment on Monday, Dicks details his motivation for running and what he could bring to the county if elected on his website.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.13.16 — The right hates Nikki Haley’s response on the SOTU

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The Republican Party tapped South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to give the official response to President Obama‘s final (and very boring) State of the Union address Tuesday night, and if anything, it exposed the fissures that are ongoing with the GOP nationally. Although the first few minutes of her speech bashed Obama in ways that shouldn’t alienate any conservatives, she then shifted gears, referring to the very obvious fact that she’s “the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers,…

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Jim Norman burn rate rises in December in Hillsborough County Commission race

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December was a lackluster month of fundraising for all five of the candidates running in the countywide Hillsborough County Commission district 6 race, with only Republican Tim Schock raising more than $2,000 during the busy holiday season. Schock is challenging Jim Norman for the GOP nomination next August, and still trails him significantly in overall fundraising. Norman has raised a total of $108,575 in the race, while Schock has taken in $40,450. Norman raised only $1,000 in December, but spent $5,550…

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