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Tampa City Council approves red light cameras for two more years

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Red light cameras will continue to operate in the City of Tampa for at least two more years, after the city council voted 4-3 Thursday to approve a contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions. The new contract guarantees the city $75,000 more per year annually than the current contract, as well as giving the city more help when disgruntled motorists challenge their $158 tickets in court. Council members Mike Suarez, Harry Cohen, Lisa Montelione and Charlie Miranda voted for the cameras. Guido Maniscalco, Yolie Capin, and Frank Reddick voted no.…

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Entire Tampa City Council comes out in support of David Singer in House District 60 race

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David Singer, the South Tampa-based land use attorney now running as a Democrat in the Florida House District 60 race, has received a nice boost to his campaign by getting the endorsement of all seven members of the Tampa City Council. Singer is running against Republican Jackie Toledo in the race on Nov. 8. Toledo, a professional engineer and entrepreneur, narrowly defeated Rebecca Smith to capture the GOP nomination for the seat last week. “Electing David Singer gives our city and our community a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.2.16 – Tampa City Council approves $251 million to improve stormwater system

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They did it last night. After nearly four hours of discussion, the Tampa City Council voted 4-2 to support the biggest infusion of taxpayer dollars ever to attempt to improve the city’s stormwater infrastructure, which for decades has been a major problem in the city. Mike Suarez, Lisa Montelione, Harry Cohen and swing vote Guido Maniscalco opted to support Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s proposal, nearly a year after they rejected a similar one. Councilmembers Charlie Miranda and Frank Reddick dissented, while Yolie Capin was not at the meeting. The improvements will be paid for through…

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Here’s a rundown of the final flurry of pre-primary fundraising activity in Tampa Bay races

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The Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are mostly decided, but new campaign finance reports show a flurry of activity in SD 19, the only area Senate district with a primary battle. Democrat Augie Ribeiro has raised and spent the most money, including another $10,000 of his own money between Aug. 12 and Aug. 25, though he is running against three current and former lawmakers. Rep. Ed Narain crossed the $250,000 mark in total fundraising after reporting $4,500 in contributions for…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay state legislative races

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Republican Sens. Tom Lee and Bill Galvano have already won re-election, and fellow GOP incumbent Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes only face opposition from write-in candidates in their seats. Of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough and Pinellas County, only districts 18 and 19 will be home to a new senator in the fall. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is the front-runner in the SD 18 race in both polling and fundraising, though favorable district lines and robust fundraising…

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Dick Greco backing Augie Riberio in SD 19 race

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Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, a registered Democrat who hasn’t made a habit out of endorsing other Democrats of late, did so on Thursday by announcing his support for civil justice lawyer Augie Ribeiro in the Senate District 19 race. “I know Augie Ribeiro well. I know his family, I know his values, and I know his heart,” said Greco in a statement issued by the Ribeiro campaign. “He has spent his life standing up for regular people and hardworking families,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.8.16 – America in crisis

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The world awoke to the news this morning that five police officers in Dallas were killed at a police protest last night, with another six wounded. It’s the worst attack on law enforcement officers since 9/11. As I write this morning, CBS News reports that there were three and maybe four snipers involved. There’s been no other information reported on them at this point. Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said the officers were shot by two snipers in “elevated positions” near…

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