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More Tampa Democrats indicate no interest in open legislative seats in Hillsborough County

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In a few days from now, or perhaps a few weeks, Democrats in Hillsborough County may rise to announce that they’re challenging Republicans in two nearly created opportunities where analysts believe they have a decent shot at winning in a presidential election year. But that’s not the case today. With a new Senate seat created as part of the implementation of a redistricting lawsuit, Tampa Republican Dana Young has announced that she will depart her House District 60 seat that she’s held since…

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Jeff Brandes wants answers on ‘cruel’ driver’s license suspension regime

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes dashed off a flurry of letters to state agency heads on Tuesday asking for more details on Florida’s system of revoking and suspending drivers’ licenses — and the financial strain, even incarceration, that often comes with it. Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, which he says will draft a new law during the upcoming Legislative Session to reform a suspension regime called “cruel” and “relentless” during the panel’s most recent meeting last week in…

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Yolie Capin & Frank Reddick endorse Guido Maniscalco in Tampa City Council runoff

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Tampa City Council members Yolie Capin and Frank Reddick have endorsed Guido Maniscalco in his race for the District 6 Tampa City Council seat that will be decided next Tuesday. They made that announcement Wednesday night in Ybor City. Maniscalco is battling Jackie Toledo in a fierce contest to complete the seven-member roster of the Council. All seven seats were up for election earlier this month, but the incumbents in five of those races easily took back their seats. And while…

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Tampa voters voice their opinions on Election Day

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It is Election Day here in Tampa, and while the news so far today has been about the lackluster turnout, registered voters who have taken the time to vote certainly have opinions about some of the folks on the ballot. It wasn’t exactly bustling at the Seminole Heights Garden Center located on Central Avenue. While one poll worker at noon told us that she had seen about 30 voters come to the polls during the morning, the fact that a reporter was…

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As expected, voter turnout in Tampa is lagging

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More than half way through Election Day in Tampa voter turnout was abysmally low, as expected. By 1:30 Tuesday only 2,791 voters had cast a ballot at their precinct. The Election Day turnout so far brings the total voting to just fewer than 22,000 ballots cast. Of those, 16,545 were cast by mail and 2,592 during early voting. Voter turnout so far is at just 10.38 percent and is on track to be less than 12 percent. That would make…

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Frank Reddick gives his theory on why black turnout will be low in today’s Tampa election

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With the lack of a competitive mayoral race and two of the seven City Council seats not even on the ballot today, voter participation is not expected to be very robust in today’s municipal election in Tampa. One of those two council members who didn’t get an opponent and thus was automatically re-elected in January, District 5 representative Frank Reddick, says the fact that he’s not on the ballot will directly affect the black vote in Tampa today. “It’s hard…

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Bob Buckhorn says he wants to see Charlie Miranda elected in District 2 race

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Admitting that this hasn’t exactly been a very exciting campaign, Bob Buckhorn said today’s municipal election in Tampa is still very important. “Everyone has an obligation to vote,” the mayor declared while coming out of a polling place at the Sandy Freedman Tennis Courts center on Davis Island this morning. “If you don’t vote, don’t complain.” Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, along with their two daughters, Grace and Colleen, Tampa’s First Family came out of the voting booth a little…

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