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If he wants to run for governor, Bob Buckhorn’s opening is now

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Andrew Gillum has the personal story. Gwen Graham has the pedigree. John Morgan has the bravado. Phillip Levine has the money. All four of the rumored contenders for the Democratic nomination for Florida governor have at least one defining characteristic that will shape the narratives of any campaigns they launch. But it’s Bob Buckhorn who has the strongest selling point: a record of success as the two-term mayor of Tampa. Yes, Graham and Levine have good track records, too. And Morgan has a record as a lawyer and businessman…

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Gwen Graham says she’s poised to run a 67-county strategy for Florida governor

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Emphasizing her centrist political persona while addressing a packed restaurant in South Tampa Friday morning, Gwen Graham said her potential candidacy for governor of Florida in 2018 would be a “transcending of the politics” that currently exists today. “I have heard from so many people who say ‘you’re exactly what the state of Florida needs,’” Graham said at the weekly “Cafe Con Tampa” lecture series at Hugo’s Restaurant in Hyde Park. “I will commit to running the type of gubernatorial campaign that will…

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Jack Latvala says Michael Bay’s ’13 Hours’ one of two reasons he’s voting for Donald Trump

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Nationally and in Florida, there are many, many Republican elected officials who seem to equivocate when asked whether or not they’ll support Donald Trump for president. Jack Latvala is not one of those Republicans. The always-irascible Pinellas County lawmaker made it clear Friday morning that while the Manhattan real estate developer is hardly his cup of tea, there are two reasons why he won’t be holding his nose when he pulls the lever for him this fall (or scribbles in a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.20.16 — Cleveland’s curse is history

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Congratulations to the city of Cleveland and fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers worldwide, after they defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals last night, 93-89, bringing the city their first sports championship in 52 years. Okay, that wasn’t too difficult for me to type. As a lifelong Warriors fan, it’s a crushing feeling, having the team with the best regular season in history coming up just short, but the fact is, the better team won. Although the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 2.2.16 – Clinton 23 gets delegates, Sanders 21 in New Hampshire

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We’re on to New Hampshire, but first … Ted Cruz deserves plaudits for grinding out a great victory for himself in Iowa last night, but can he win enough delegates to earn the nomination? I maintain that he can’t and won’t, which makes Marco Rubio‘s strong third-place victory the big story going into the next week. Let’s look at the incredibly close results in the Democratic Primary. First off, Hillary Clinton is being called “the apparent victor” by every media…

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Tampa, Miami Beach mayors to campaign for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire this weekend

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Bob Buckhorn is heading to New Hampshire to campaign for Hillary Clinton this weekend. The Tampa mayor has been a stalwart in the Clinton Army going back to the 1990s, when he chaired Bill’s 1996 re-election campaign in Hillsborough County. Buckhorn was also was a charter member of the Democratic Leadership Conference (DLC), the centrist-oriented Democratic group that reached the height of its influence in the early 1990s, when Bill Clinton was elected president. “Once I read her plan, I decided that…

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