Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Kevin Thurman

After his first day on the job, Andrew Warren celebrates his victory as State Attorney with well wishers

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

While the efforts at criminal justice reform remain stalled in Washington D.C., the voting public showed up at the polls last year and indicated that they certainly want change at the local level. In Harris County, Texas (which encompasses Houston), Democrat Kim Ogg defeated Republican Devon Anderson by promising to overhaul drug prosecutions. In Jefferson County, Alabama, Charles Todd Henderson defeated GOP incumbent Brandon Falls in part by campaigning against the “mass incarceration of those with drug addictions and mental illness,” and by…

Keep Reading

Pat Kemp using 2014 campaign signs in 2016

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Pat Kemp is a major environmentalist, which means she ardently believes in recycling — so much so that she’s recycled signs from her 2014 campaign in 2016. Kemp is running on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race against attorneys Brian Willis and John Dicks, and Pastor Tom Scott. She nearly won the District 7 countywide seat back in 2014, narrowly losing out to Republican Al Higginbotham. Signs clearly marked from Kemp’s 2014 campaign can be seen on streets throughout…

Keep Reading

Pro transit group Connect Tampa Bay dissolves

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Two years after the one-cent transit tax known as Moving Hillsborough Forward bit the dust at the polls in November of 2010, a pro-transit group named Connect Tampa Bay was formed to restart discussions on expanding transit options in the Tampa Bay area, including light rail. Their efforts were pivotal in restarting the conversation about transportation in the county, which led nearly a year later to the formation of the Hillsborough County Policy Leadership Group, which would ultimately craft the Go Hillsborough plan,…

Keep Reading

Ed Narain gets no love for advocating that Florida cities should be able to hold their own tax referendums

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

A couple of years after Hillsborough County voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax referendum on transportation, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn talked about getting Tallahassee lawmakers to back a measure that would allow big cities like Tampa the ability to place their own tax referendums on the ballot. It received little support from the local delegation, and was never even proposed as a bill. Flash forward to Tuesday’s luncheon hosted by the Tampa Bay Partnership, where state Representative Ed Narain expressed a similar desire,…

Keep Reading

Sandy Murman has no regrets in helping to kill off Go Hillsborough

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Thirty-six hours after she joined three other county commissioners in rejecting the half-cent transportation tax on the November ballot known as Go Hillsborough, Sandy Murman says she has no regrets, but says she might have voted for a tax for a shorter duration than the 30-year, $117 million plan that was presented on Wednesday. “I have to be honest with you,” she told SPB upon arriving at the Jan Platt Library in South Tampa on Friday morning to meet with constituents. “I was…

Keep Reading

Hillsborough Commissioners vote down transportation tax on 4-3 vote

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The nearly three year long campaign to put a half-cent transportation tax on this November’s ballot in Hillsborough County died Wednesday night. After hearing from more than 60 people over four hours, the Board of County Commissioners rejected the Go Hillsborough plan on a 4-3 vote. Saying that he was going with his “gut feeling,” Commissioner Victor Crist announced that he would oppose the measure, killing the hopes and dreams of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and many people in Tampa who…

Keep Reading

Sierra Club says BOCC needs to change things now before it will support transportation tax

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Pat Kemp, the program chair of the Tampa Bay Sierra Club, says it’s not so much that the organization is completely against the proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could come before Hillsborough County voters next year (as SPB first reported on Wednesday night). It’s just that the group wants to see the county commit to other issues dealing with development and transportation that don’t require taxpayer approval before coming out and fully backing the measure. That includes raising development fees, changing a…

Keep Reading

Go to Top