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Hillsborough County PLG officials offer a wary perspective on proposed transit tax

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In the eight days since Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill and the members of the private transportation consulting group Parsons Brinckerhoff unveiled a proposed half-cent sales transportation tax that could be on the 2016 ballot, it has been met with decidedly mixed opinion. That’s because the measure as proposed would go largely toward road and bridge maintenance, new roads and intersection improvements. Just 36 percent is proposed for transit. Nowhere has that disappointment been more clearly articulated than Friday on the front page of the…

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MaryEllen Elia critics wish her well but are glad she’s gone

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Critics of former Hillsborough County School Supt. MaryEllen Elia are congratulating her on Monday’s announcement by the New York State Board of Regents that she will become that state’s education chief beginning July 6 — but they also maintain that they’re glad she’s no longer running their local district, the 8th largest in the nation. “I wish her the best,” Board member April Griffin said on Monday night. “For the sake of the students, the families and the communities in New York.”…

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Prosecutor Pam Bondi leaves the courthouse and takes a hard right

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The St. Petersburg Times is running a pretty tough article about Pam Bondi in Saturday’s edition. This is not the Bondi who put away murderers, or the woman who made headlines with her personal legal fight over a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog. The Tampa native surprised friends, colleagues and even herself in December by declaring that she wanted to be Florida’s next attorney general. She quit her $107,000-a-year job as a senior litigator and spokeswoman for the Hillsborough State Attorney’s…

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Early voting begins in House D-58 race

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From Mitch Perry: Early voting begins today in the House District 58 special election taking place in West Tampa, Seminole Heights, and northwest parts of Hillsborough County. The election is between Democrat Janet Cruz and Republican Hunter Chamberlin, with the winner replacing Democrat Mike Scionti, who stepped down from his seat back in December to take a job with the Obama administration in the Defense Department. Despite the fact that it’s a national holiday, don’t expect a stampede of voters…

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