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Tampa City Council taps Frank Reddick to become new chairman

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It was over in less than a minute. The much anticipated vote for City Council chair was decided quickly this afternoon, as the newly sworn-in City Council named Frank Reddick to become their new chairman for the next year. As expected, it was a close vote, with Reddick defeating current chair Charlie Miranda on a 4-3 vote. Voting for Reddick (besides himself) were Yolie Capin, newly elected Councilman Guido Maniscalco and Mike Suarez, the man considered to be the swing vote…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.27.15 — Could Bob Menendez fate affect Loretta Lynch as AG?

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Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, was in Tampa yesterday for the swearing-in ceremony of Lee Bentley, the new U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Lynch is the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, and would become the first black female AG in U.S. history if confirmed. Obama nominated her way back in November, but she still awaits a vote in the full Senate. Lots of Republicans oppose her nomination because they’re upset over…

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After 8 years, Mary Mulhern signs off from the Tampa City Council

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It was someone fitting that on her last daytime meeting serving on the Tampa City Council, Mary Mulhern chaired a workshop discussion on the update of the city’s comprehensive plan regarding climate change and raising sea levels. The environment has always been a central concern for Mulhern, who is leaving the Council after eight years next week due to term limits. “I know that some of you and I have had our disagreements and we’ve always been collegial and I appreciate that,”…

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Criticizing ‘big money’ in City Council race, April Griffin forgets who helped her last time

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April Griffin took to Facebook last night to congratulate Democrat Guido Maniscalco for his win in Tuesday’s formerly nonpartisan race for Tampa City Council. The frequently critical three-term Hillsborough County School Board member offered a few choice words on the subject of Maniscalco’s victory over Republican Jackie Toledo. “District 6 residents win big in this race,” Griffin told her followers. “Chalk one more up for the good guys and not big money and mudslinging.” In calling out “ugly politics,” Griffin…

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Jackie Toledo says not only did she lose, but so did Tampa

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Tuesday night’s election final between Jackie Toledo and Guido Maniscalco took a stunning turn at about 7:20 p.m. After the first results from early and absentee balloting showed Toledo holding on to an eight-percentage-point lead over Maniscalco, the second round of ballots cast (and the first from Election Day itself) showed Maniscalco making a major turn around. By around 8 p.m. it was all over, and the 30-year-old small businessman from West Tampa had taken in 151 more votes than…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.24.15 — Election season ends in Tampa tonight

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The city of Tampa’s uneventful election season comes to a halt tonight. By 8 p.m. we should have a winner in the only City Council race that remains undecided — the District 6 battle between Guido Maniscalco and Jackie Toledo. I hate the overuse of the term “Seinfeld” to describe something as being about nothing. So I’ll refrain from calling this a “Seinfeld election season,” but really, what have been the big issues in the city that have been discussed…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.20.15 — March sadness

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It’s the first full weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament, the time when some writers wax absurd about “brackets” and “the insanity of March Madness.” And yes, there were a couple of thrilling upsets and buzzard-beaters yesterday to begin the first full day of the 68-team championship. As a basketball aficionado, however, I’ve been calling out the college game for several years now as being a severely weakened product, and thankfully, the mainstream media is finally getting the picture. As…

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