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Tom Lee not backing down on claim of questionable spending at Tampa International Airport

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Tom Lee insists he never wanted to air any “dirty laundry” about Tampa International Airport when he attempted to introduce an amendment to the Florida Senate’s budget last Wednesday that would have the airport independently audited. But the Brandon Republican says that there are too many unanswered questions about how the airport is being run for him to stand silent. “When you’re presented with this information, and you’re a member of the Florida Legislature, and you don’t act on at least an innocuous…

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Mike Deeson to Tampa City Council: ‘I’m not done yet’

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The Tampa City Council awarded legendary investigative television reporter Mike Deeson a commendation on Thursday, even though the venerable newshound stressed to the board that he’s not yet ready to ride off into the sunset. Deesonstunned the Tampa Bay community last month when he announced without fanfare that he was leaving WTSP 10 News, effective immediately. Although the award-winning journalist may have grown weary of television news politics, Deeson clearly isn’t ready to give up on reporting, telling the Council that through his Facebook…

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After nearly 50 years in news, Mike Deeson announces retirement

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In a sudden announcement, longtime WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson says he is retiring from the Tampa airwaves, effective immediately. “I know this will come as a surprise to many of my friends in Tampa Bay,” Deeson says in a Facebook post published Monday, “but I have decided to retire from Channel 10 effective today.” Deeson, named one of the INFLUENCE Magazine’s top 100 Florida influencers in 2015, will use the time to “put more effort into many of other projects…

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Charlie Crist pleads case of Michael Morgan, unjustly jailed for 23 years, to Barack Obama

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Charlie Crist is calling on President Barack Obama to intervene on behalf of one of his constituents, a St. Petersburg man imprisoned for 23 years for a crime a growing number of people believe he did not commit. On Friday, the freshman St. Petersburg Democrat sent a letter to the White House telling the story of Michael Morgan, who has been unjustly serving three life sentences for crimes that many — including reporters, a former Pinellas County Commissioner and even…

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Mark Ober says Andrew Warren is lying about his record

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Mark Ober says he’s had enough of having his opponent “lying to voters” about his record. The Hillsborough County State Attorney responded Thursday to two specific cases his Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, has criticized him for during this campaign season. Warren is the 39-year-old former federal prosecutor who decided to challenge Ober this fall, the first time he’s seriously been opposed by a Democrat since he was first elected in 2000. He’s been relentless in criticizing Ober for a variety…

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Teen involved in controversial sex case blasts Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober

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Less than a week after the mother of a sex crime victim issued a statement bashing Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober, the victim in that case has come forward with her own critical statement, and it’s equally as vitriolic towards the GOP incumbent, now in a spirited race for his political life. “The fact is Mr. Ober, that as a result of my time with you and your administration I have felt judged, ridiculed, blamed, dismissed, and uncared for time and time again,” the unidentified…

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Mother of sexual victim says Mark Ober’s comments are why victims hesitate to report sexual abuse

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Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is being blasted by the mother of a teenage victim involved in a child sex abuse case his office is investigating. At a political debate last week with his Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, Ober defended himself against the accusation that he initially did not take serious a report regarding Alexander Pelzer, a now-27-year-old Maryland resident accused of committing crimes against the then-15-year-old Hillsborough County girl. The case was first brought to the attention of the general public…

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