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The Tampa City Council argues about diversity vs. status quo in choosing who will lead them

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The Tampa City Council has an election every year to choose a new chairperson. But the majority has chosen the status quo in recent years, continuing to choose longtime member Charlie Miranda as their leader, with nary a vote for any of the other six members on the board. That lack of diversity in leadership has bothered a few members of the Council, leading to a proposal today by Councilwoman Yolie Capin that would place a limit of one year…

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Mary Mulhern says ‘thank you’ to supporters as she prepares to exit Tampa City Council

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Dozens of people in the Tampa progressive community gathered Wednesday night in Ybor City to say goodbye (for now) to Mary Mulhern, the Tampa City Council woman who is leaving the board due to term limits next week. “Mary has always stood up for everybody in this community,” said Tampa attorney and prominent Democrat Gary Gibbons, who introduced Mulhern on the stage in the courtyard of Gasper’s Grotto. “Sometimes she was the only vote on a tough issue, and she…

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Yolie Capin & Frank Reddick endorse Guido Maniscalco in Tampa City Council runoff

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Tampa City Council members Yolie Capin and Frank Reddick have endorsed Guido Maniscalco in his race for the District 6 Tampa City Council seat that will be decided next Tuesday. They made that announcement Wednesday night in Ybor City. Maniscalco is battling Jackie Toledo in a fierce contest to complete the seven-member roster of the Council. All seven seats were up for election earlier this month, but the incumbents in five of those races easily took back their seats. And while…

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Council members mostly OK with Bob Buckhorn decision to hire within TPD for new chief

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Of all the relationships that a big-city mayor has, the one with their police chief is considered paramount. Last summer in St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman alienated some City Council members who felt they deserved more of an opportunity to weigh in on a replacement for outgoing chief Chuck Harmon. The mayor then surprised everyone by chucking his four finalists and picking Clearwater Police Chief Tony Holloway to lead the SPPD. Now it’s Bob Buckhorn’s turn. Although the recently re-elected mayor…

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Scott Strepina launches campaign at well-attended kick-off

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Surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and contributors, Scott Strepina, candidate for Tampa City Council District 2, marked the official launch of his campaign with a celebratory gathering on Tuesday, July 29 at the Historic Hyde Park home of Datz Deli owners Roger and Suzanne Perry. The kick-off event was filled to capacity as Deborah Cox-Roush welcomed the candidate. “I am excited to be here to introduce Scott Strepina,” said Cox-Roush.  “I have been impressed with him from the…

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Grayson to speak to Hillsborough YDs on Saturday

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Congressman Alan Grayson will speak to the Hillsborough County Democrats. Other speakers will be Tampa City Council Member Mary Mulhern and potential Tampa City Mayor candidate Jim Davis. You can get more information on the Facebook page. A $50.00 donation is required. (h/t to Pushing Rope) Join us for an afternoon to honor CONGRESSMAN ALAN GRAYSON in Tampa on THIS Saturday, January 16 EVENT TIME & LOCATION: Saturday, January 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 824 S. Orleans Ave. Tampa,…

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Mitch Kates: Loser of the Week

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From the Buzz: Loser of the Week: Democratic consultant Mitch Kates. No Tampa Bay political consultant in recent years has received more glowing publicity than Kates. The former professional wrestler was the architect behind the winning campaigns of state Sen. Charlie Justice, Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. This year he landed St Pete mayoral candidate Scott Wagman, who pumped in more than $170,000 of his own money and far outspent everyone else. Kates…

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