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Florida AARP official calls GOP health care proposal ‘ageism unleashed’

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As the U.S. House prepares to vote this week on a GOP-based health care insurance overhaul, an official with Florida AARP said Monday the bill is “ageism unleashed.” “Ageism is discrimination against people due to their age, and that’s exactly what this proposal does,” said Jack McCray, advocacy manager for Florida AARP. McCray was referring to provisions that will raise insurance rates for people aged between 50-64 compared to those in their twenties. Older working class Americans with lower incomes would see their…

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Pat Kemp sworn in as newest Hillsborough County Commissioner

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Pat Kemp, Sandy Murman and Les Miller were all official sworn into office on Tuesday to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission for the next four years. For Miller and Murman, if all goes well they will have spent a full decade in office when their term ends in 2020. Both were elected in 2010, after serving previous stints in the Florida Legislature. For Kemp, it’s the culmination of her work over the past several years to finally sit on…

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Craig Latimer re-elected as Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer effectively was reelected to his post on Friday, after he drew no opposition as the deadline for political candidates to file to run for office expired. Latimer, a Democrat, began working in the SOE”s office back in 2009 as chief of staff to the late Phyllis Busansky, who defeated Republican Buddy Johnson back in 2008. Although he had hoped to be selected to replace her, then Governor Charlie Crist chose former Hillsborough County School…

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Hillsborough County to expand eligibility for its health care program

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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted on Wednesday to expand the pool of citizens who can be eligible for their indigent health care plan. Since it’s in existence in 1991, the program has served uninsured adults living at 100 percent below the federal poverty rate. The new plan increases that to those living at 110 percent below the poverty rate. Commissioners also approved a second recommendation to begin including mental health services for outpatients in the system, which served 13,000 people in fiscal year…

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Pat Kemp gets big endorsements in Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race

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Three major Tampa Democrats – Betty Castor, Jim Davis and Ed Turanchik – are all endorsing Pat Kemp in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 contest. “I see Pat as being cut from the same cloth as strong woman leaders, like Sylvia-Kimbell Rodriguez, Phyllis Busansky, Kathy Castor and Pam Iorio,” Castor said in a statement. She’s the mother of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, who Kemp worked for as an aide during Kathy’s time on the county commission a decade ago. “Pat has…

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Craig Latimer files for re-election as Hillsborough County elections supervisor

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Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer announced on Monday that he has filed papers to run for re-election in 2016. August 3, 2015: Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer declared his intention to run for re-election in 2016, filing required paperwork to establish his candidacy. Latimer, 62, served for 35 years in law enforcement before working at the SOE’s office. He retired as a major in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 to manage the late Phyllis Busansky’s election…

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#9 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Gus Bilirakis

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U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis took over his northern Tampa Bay 12th Congressional District after his father Mike stepped down in 2006, and has wasted little time establishing himself as a regional pillar ever since. Although an electoral favorite that year because of his prominent last name, Bilirakis withstood a strong challenge by Democrat Phyllis Busansky. His victory came in the same anti-incumbent wave election that saw the GOP lose 30 seats to Democrats. In January, Bilirakis announced that he would…

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