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Hillsborough County Sheriffs Dept. will continue to investigate Go Hillsborough process

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The Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners on Wednesday reaffirmed that they want Sheriff David Gee’s office to conduct an investigation into the contracting out of the Go Hillsborough transportation proposal. They also rejected a proposal by Commissioner Stacy White that would kill the county’s deal with contractor Parsons Brinckerhoff, which was suspended two weeks ago. And they voted to hold a comprehensive review of their transportation options after the next meeting of the Policy Leadership Group taking place on November 5.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.16.15 — Sam Rashid ignores Rick Scott’s call to step down from Aviation Authority

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Sam Rashid is still a member of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority as of 7 a.m. this morning, despite the fact that by doing so, he is directly snubbing Gov. Rick Scott, the man who appointed him to the agency last year and is now calling on him to resign from the board. “Governor Scott expects him to resign and would accept his resignation,” spokeswoman Jackie Schutz tells the Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Contorno in this morning’s paper. The reason why the governor is telling Sam Rashid…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.9.15 — Another Democrat to enter Hillsborough County District 6 race?

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Rumor du jour is that there will be another candidate getting into the wide-open countywide Hillsborough County District 6 seat, but it’s not a Republican taking on Jim Norman. The rumor that percolated over the Labor Day weekend is that John Dicks, the 62-year-old former Plant City mayor and commissioner, is contemplating entering the Democratic primary, which already includes Thomas Scott, Brian Willis and Pat Kemp. Plant has been dormant in local politics since losing the Democratic primary race for…

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Sam Rashid still on the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority until…

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The Facebook page of Eastern Hillsborough County Republican activist Sam Rashid has gone silent this afternoon, after both Rick Scott and Bob Buckhorn agreed that it’s best if he step down from the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority due to remarks he made on the social media site last week. Referring to the public funding that has gone to the Go Hillsborough public relations outreach effort, Rashid wrote a Facebook post that public relations consultant Beth Laythem was a “tax-payer subsidized slut” who had…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.4.15 — Sam Rashid is not backing down

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It was famed actor, celebrity and humanitarian George Clooney who once said that he doesn’t tweet. “Just because, I like to have a drink at night. I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available.” But there are lots of folks who just can’t help expressing themselves via the tools of modern technology. Like Sam Rashid. The GOP activist from East Hillsborough County has been busted for the second time this year for using inappropriate language on…

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Josh Burgin is leaving HART board to attend Harvard

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Plant City Republican Josh Burgin, who has served on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) since February of 2012, officially announced today that he will be stepping down from the agency on July 1, as he pursues a degree from the Harvard School of Government. “Three years ago, you gave me a specific charge to ‘protect the taxpayer,’” Burgin wrote last week to Gov. Rick Scott, who appointed him to the board. “I took that directive seriously and worked…

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