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Former employee sued by Tampa activist Sam Rashid ‘won’t back down,’ lawyer says

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A 21-year-old woman sued by Tampa political activist Sam Rashid is not “backing down,” and has filed a motion Monday to dismiss the case. Rashid, who had twice resigned seats on prestigious boards after making controversial posts on social media, has filed suit in Hillsborough County against former employee Jacqueline Lilley for an alleged libelous” Facebook post in March. Lilley worked as a receptionist at Divine Designs Salon in Brandon, which Rashid co-owns. She had written online that “the owners…

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Sam Rashid once again getting grief over social media, sues ex-employee for Facebook post

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Tampa’s Sam Rashid is once again facing grief over social media. This time, a Facebook post by a former employee is causing trouble for the Republican firebrand. Samad Sultan Rashid, better known locally as Sam Rashid, is a 55-year-old businessperson, conservative activist and former member of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. A native of Pakistan who converted to Catholicism from Islam, Rashid now serves as CEO and co-owner of Brandon-based Divine Designs Salon & Spa, as well as president of Plant…

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Al Higginbotham focuses on his priorities in his last two years in office

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Al Higginbotham says that while he feels he’s still in relatively good health, the time is right to step down next year from public office. The 62-year-old District 7 County Commissioner spoke with FloridaPolitics.com Friday afternoon, a day after announcing that he won’t run for re-election in 2018. Saying that his “body time is on a different time clock,” Higginbotham acknowledges that his decision stems in part because of the attendant health issues related to his 1995 hunting accident that left him partially paralyzed.…

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The company you keep: Sam Rashid turns up at Marco Rubio Tampa fundraiser

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An old proverb goes: “You are the company you keep.” Another saying, not quite as old, is “stop saying dumb things on social media.” That last one is a bit of wisdom Marco Rubio might have imparted on Republican activist Sam Rashid during Thursday’s $500-a-plate “Day One Marco” fundraiser in Tampa. Florida’s junior Senator has been very busy this summer, crisscrossing the state in his re-election effort. That means pressing a lot of flesh. So it should come as no surprise to see Rubio…

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Chip Diehl appointed to Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

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The long delay in Rick Scott replacing Sam Rashid‘s replacement on the Hillsborough Aviation Authority is over. After months of being shorthanded, Scott announced the appointment of Arthur “Chip” Diehl III to the agency on Monday. Diehl, 62, of Tampa, is the managing director of Diehl Associates and a retired Air Force brigadier general He ‘s a member of the Florida Defense Support Task Force, the Hillsborough State College District Board of Trustees, and the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital…

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Tampa Chamber apologizes to Rick Scott for Bob Rohrlack’s harsh missive

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Last Friday, Bob Rohrlack, the respected Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, sent off a blistering letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott regarding his handling of the removal of now former Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board member Sam Rashid. “Possibly unlike any appointment you will make, this next appointment is both an opportunity and your responsibility to make the right selection to advance the mission of Tampa International Airport,” wrote Rohrlack. “Your previous decision has given Tampa Bay a black eye…

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Sam Rashid resigns from the Hillsborough Aviation Authority

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Sam Rashid tendered his resignation from the Hillsborough Aviation Authority on Friday. In a letter addressed to Governor Rick Scott on Friday, the Eastern Hillsborough County GOP activist thanked Scott for appointing him to the board back in June of 2014, specifically for appointing him as the very first minority on the Aviation Authority (although that isn’t accurate, as Arthenia Joyner was actually the first minority named to the board back in 1991). And he referred to the late Steve Burton,…

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