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Joe Henderson: Bob Buckhorn made the right call not to run for Governor

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Bob Buckhorn is a gregarious, ambitious and determined man, and I think he would have made a fine governor for the state of Florida. He certainly ranks among the best mayors the city of Tampa has ever had. But I also believe he made the right call when he announced in an email to supporters Thursday morning that “I am not planning to be a candidate for Governor in 2018.” Now, saying “I am not planning …” does leave a little…

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Excitement (and some concern) as Hillary Clinton campaign opens office in Tampa

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Dozens of supporters for Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign packed the front of the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City on Wednesday night to celebrate the opening of her Tampa office, thirteen days before Florida’s March 15 presidential primary. “You are standing in ground zero of American politics,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn declared while standing atop the steps of the building’s north side. “This is where Presidents get picked, right here in Ybor City, right here in Tampa, right here in the…

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Robbie Mook says Hillary Clinton is taking the primary campaign season seriously

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Hillary Clinton will give a speech within the next three weeks giving her take on how she would deal with Wall Street bankers and the financial industry. That was the one major nugget of news to emanate from Robbie Mook’s appearance at Mise en Place in Tampa on Monday night. Mook is the 35-year-old campaign manager for the Clinton campaign. He was the featured player at the low-dough fundraiser at the downtown eatery, where people could contribute as little as $25…

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Janet Rifkin set to file for Mike Scionti’s seat in Florida House

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Within minutes of Tampa state Rep. Michael Scionti announcing his resignation to take a position with the Obama administration, a West Tampa activist has emerged as his possible successor. Janet Rifkin, a veteran local Democratic party activist and fundraiser, will run in the special election for heavily Hispanic district representing West Tampa and Town ‘N Country, said Ana Cruz, a local Democratic operative and Rifkin’s daughter. Rifkin, a former county Democratic Hispanic caucus chair, could have some competition for the…

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