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Mitch Perry Report for 7.30.15 — Jim Gilmore joins the GOP race for prez. Why?

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While the political media world continues to profess astonishment at Donald Trump’s rise in the polls, how about talking about the latest Republican to enter the 2016 sweepstakes? Say hello to Jim Gilmore. Jim who, you might ask? Actually, “why” might be the better adverb here. Gilmore, 65, was governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002. (Virginia term limits governors to only one four-year term.) He also ran for president in 2007 before dropping out of the race amid a lack…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.24.15 — Election season ends in Tampa tonight

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The city of Tampa’s uneventful election season comes to a halt tonight. By 8 p.m. we should have a winner in the only City Council race that remains undecided — the District 6 battle between Guido Maniscalco and Jackie Toledo. I hate the overuse of the term “Seinfeld” to describe something as being about nothing. So I’ll refrain from calling this a “Seinfeld election season,” but really, what have been the big issues in the city that have been discussed…

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Mike Suarez defeats Susan Long in Tampa City Council District 1 race

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Incumbent Tampa City Council member Mike Suarez defeated opponent Susan Long, a longtime Seminole Heights neighborhood activist, in Tuesday’s race for citywide District 1. Final numbers give Suarez, a third-generation Tampa resident, the substantial victory with just under 62 percent. It will be his second four-year term on the council. For many municipal elections, incumbency sets a high bar. In Long’s case, a clear victory over Suarez would have been particularly challenging. “He is better known,” Long told Florida Politics’ Mitch Perry earlier in the day.…

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Live-blogging and updates of special election in Florida House District 58

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I’ll be blogging, and tweeting throughout the day with updates about the primary for the hotly contested special election in Florida House District 58. Five candidates – three Democrats and two Republicans – are in a sprint to gain voters’ favor to represent the district, which covers West Tampa, Town ‘N Country, the West Shore business corridor and Seminole Heights. The seat opened when Rep. Michael Scionti, D-Tampa, said on Dec. 7 he was taking a job with the Obama…

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The Independent looks to branch out

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Owners of a proposed German-style deli and tavern won initial approval from the city council Thursday to sell beer and wine. A final vote is scheduled Feb. 5. Veronica and John Vellines have a contract to buy a 1935 masonry building, 5016 N. Florida Ave., from owner James Ciaccio, pending final approval of alcohol sales. Ciaccio remodeled the former gas station several years ago and opened Van Gogh Signs Displays and Graphics. The tavern would be similar to The Independent…

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