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Watch Jim Norman go off on citizen when asked about Arkansas vacation home

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Jim Norman says it’s only the media who cares about the issues behind the Arkansas vacation home that ultimately led to his political exile six years ago, but when asked about it at a community forum Tuesday night, the Hillsborough County Commission candidate got a bit hot under the collar while explaining what happened to a voter. Norman is running for the Republican nomination for the Hillsborough County District 6 seat against Tim Schock. It’s his first run for office since he…

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Joe Henderson: Jim Norman’s climb to Hillsborough Commission steeper than he realized

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Since the start of his campaign for Hillsborough County Commission District 6, Jim Norman has understood that he has a lot of explaining to do. Right off the bat, he tried to address his checkered political past during a meeting last year with The Tampa Tribune editorial board. As a metro columnist for that late, great newspaper, I sat in on the meeting. I think it was basically a fiasco. It’s not that Jim Norman isn’t one of the most…

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Jim Norman gets crushed in Hillsborough County Republican straw poll

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The Jim Norman comeback story has hit a roadblock. The former Hillsborough County Commissioner is trying to revive his political career this year as he contends for the open countywide District seat this year, but he came in a distant second to businessman Tim Schock in a straw poll vote held in the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee on Tuesday night, losing 66-13. “I think this shows where the grassroots strength really resides in this race,” Schock said after the…

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Jim Norman, Tim Schock not fans of Go Hillsborough proposal

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There were definite moments of disagreements between Jim Norman and Tim Schock in their candidate forum at a South Tampa eatery on Monday night. On the issue of Go Hillsborough, though, the two Republicans vying to run for the District 6 County Commission seat this November are singing from the same page. “It’s D.O.A.” Norman said of the possible half-cent transportation tax. The current BOCC will decide this month whether it goes on the November ballot. “You’re not going to…

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Mitch Perry’s Top 10 stories in Hillsborough politics of 2015

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As first said by Greek philosopher Heraclitus, in the universe change is the only constant. Nowhere was that more applicable than in Tampa Bay during the past 12 months. From the much-ballyhooed dismissal of MaryEllen Elia as Hillsborough County School Board District superintendent to redistricting and the rising (and falling) fortunes for hizzoner Bob Buckhorn, many of the leading political issues of the year centered on shaking up the status quo. With that, here are Hillsborough County’s top ten stories in 2015: 1) MaryEllen Elia…

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