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Email insights: Dana Young touts her support of Uber and Lyft in fundraising pitch

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Even before they began operating in Tampa, a coterie of Tampa Bay area Republicans have championed ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. Those state Representatives include Jeff Brandes, Jamie Grant and Dana Young. In a fundraising pitch sent to supporters in her bid for the state Senate District 18 seat this fall, Young boasts about the work that Republicans have done in Tallahassee in recent years, saying that the state leads the country in job growth and that unemployment is at an eight-year low. “But there’s…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.14.16 – So who wants to go to Cleveland this summer?

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Why do Hillsborough County State Attorney employees even need “key cards”? That’s the question I have after reading the Anna Phillips/Windy March penned story in the Times this morning (and Elaine Silvestrini’s in the Trib). Their story revolves around an allegation made about Mark Ober’s work ethic by his Democratic party challenger, Andrew Warren. Records unearthed by his campaign revealed that Ober only used his key card five times in March, but the GOP incumbent says he “often comes to work and leaves…

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Low-speed vehicles in downtown Tampa are just a City Council vote away from happening

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Back in 2008, people in Tampa could hop little six-seat electronic carts to travel between downtown, Ybor City, Channelside and SoHo to get around the city. They were popular, accessible and free – and were promptly shut down by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation in 2009. The agency concluded that the cars were the equivalent to unlicensed taxicabs and nixed them. Citizens complained that the move was done to protect the cab companies. However, those Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) look poised…

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Kyle Cockream’s last day as Hillsborough PTC head is July 11

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission executive director Kyle Cockream says his final day on the job will be July 11. Cockream announced he was stepping down on Monday after serving two years on the job, but said at Wednesday’s PTC meeting that he began “having communications” with agency chairman Victor Crist about leaving the post back on January 21.  But with regulations involving ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft still up in the air, the two men said that they agreed that Cockream…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.13.16 – Sean Payton’s lament

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Here’s a news flash: we’re all going to die. Ideally, it’d be after a long life, but we know that it always doesn’t work out like that. Whether through illness or accident, there’s always the potential for today to be our last day. But nothing brings death quicker than a gun. There are gun deaths that happen every day in American; once in a while, when more than a few people (usually white) die at one time, it makes news.…

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Hillsborough PTC’s Kyle Cockream to discuss plans to step down Wednesday

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Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commissioner executive director Kyle Cockream will reportedly discuss his plans to step down from the agency at Wednesday’s PTC meeting. A rumor circulating Monday was that Cockream was resigning, but Kyle Parks, a spokesman for the agency, says that isn’t accurate. He says that Cockream has been speaking with Hillsborough PTC Chair Victor Crist about retiring “for months.” Cockream’s decision comes on the same day that FloridaPolitics.com reported that Cockream spent two days last week speaking to Palm Beach…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.12.16 – Will anyone question the NY Yankees/Steinbrenner field $40 million upgrade?

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The New York  Yankees are worth at least $3.4 billion, according to Forbes. Depending on what survey you look at, they are either the 2nd or 3rd most valuable sports property in the world (behind only Real Madrid and maybe the Dallas Cowboys). Despite that vast wealth, the ball club and the Tampa Sports Authority are comfortable with the fact that local and state taxes will pay for two-thirds of the $40 million upgrade for George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the home of…

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