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Mitch Perry Report for 1.5.16 – GOP candidates defend Saudi use of Sharia law

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For nearly a year that they’ve been campaigning, the Republican candidates for president have focused on what they contend is how Barack Obama‘s bumbling foreign policy has led to the U.S.’s loss of stature around the world. While there could be some truth to some of the rhetoric, there’s also a lot of hyperbole and lack of nuance that has only been exacerbated in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in November. Take, for instance, their views on…

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HART board contemplates releasing annual statement to public

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A suggestion by board member Kathleen Shanahan about sending local newspapers a letter-to-the-editor or op-ed listing the goals and agenda of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit agency prompted a larger debate Monday. “I continue to believe that this organization should be the platform of leadership for transportation, both policy as well as opportunity for implementation for this region,” Shanahan said, adding that there’s considerable interest in the business community about what HART is doing vis-á-vis transportation currently. Shanahan, the chairman and CEO…

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HART board member questions agency’s advertising with 83 Degrees

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Last week, The Tampa Tribune’s Chris O’Donnell reported on how six public agencies in the Tampa Bay area have contracted to pay out more than $200,000 to online magazine 83 Degrees for news and feature stories. The story concentrated on how such sponsored content can be considered problematic if the publisher does not explicitly reveal that such stories are being paid for by a certain entity. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) spent $8,000 this year on those stories, and board…

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HART board members once again talk about funding sources

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As officials with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) laid out their preliminary budget and Transit Development Plan (TDP) on Monday, a couple of board members (once again) expressed frustration with the agency’s lack of access to key lawmakers who could help them obtain more funding from either Tallahassee or Washington, D.C. The recommended FY 2016 budget includes operating expenditures of over $69 million and capital expenditures of just over $12 million. The plan calls for a a 2.1 percent increase in…

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HART still hoping for funding from Tallahassee

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Before the 2015 legislative session commenced last month, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) Board Chairman Mike Suarez wrote to Pasco County area legislator Richard Corcoran, the chairman of the Tampa Bay area legislative delegation, with a list of priorities that the transit agency hoped the state could provide funding for this year. But with just two weeks to go before the session is scheduled to end, HART executive director Katharine Eagan said today that their only hope to see any movement…

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Hillsborough County transit agency has $50 million in needs from Tallahassee this session

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Last week the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that HART is seeking more than $50 million from the Florida Legislature this year, an amount that apparently surprised some members of the Hillsborough County transit agency. “I don’t remember $50 million,” board member Bryan Crino confessed at the agency’s monthly board meeting on Monday. That’s because most of the discussion at the board in recent months has been regarding a $7 million request for a down payment on the creation of a farebox system…

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Game Change: The story behind Charlie Crist’s betrayal of Rudy Giuliani

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Update: David Frum suggests: Rudy Giuliani’s decision to endorse Marco Rubio in the hotly contested Florida senatorial primary may be more than an act of revenge. By backing a candidate that has little overlap with the brand of Republicanism that he embodies, Rudy may be signaling that he’s given up on ever running for office again. Here’s the excerpt from Game Change that explains the Crist-Rudy debacle: McCain had endorsed Crist in his primary fight; Giuliani had remained neutral. Crist…

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