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Joe Henderson: Rick Scott, Libertarians love TBX; everyone else can suck exhaust

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An essential part of the Libertarian ideal is a belief that for public services, consumers should pay as they go. The preference is user fees instead of taxes. As we well know, Gov. Rick Scott has strong Libertarian leanings. Keep that in mind while considering the 12-4 vote by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization to proceed with the next phase of the controversial $3.3 billion Tampa Bay Express transportation proposal, better known as TBX. Protesters outnumbered supporters by about 2-to-1…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.23.16 – Another story on Patrick Murphy enhancing his resume

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Forgive us for not being too coherent, having stayed up until the early morning hours today watching the Hillsborough County MPO’s discussion of the TBX project until 2:20 a.m.this morning. You can read our account here. Although the huge news in Florida Politics yesterday morning was Marco Rubio‘s re-entry into a Senate race he said he would never get back into; you have to believe Rubio feels like he can handle his competition pretty handily. The Democratic Party, both statewide and…

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Hillsborough County MPO approves TBX project – with accountability measures added

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The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the Florida Dept. of Transportation’s controversial Tampa Bay Express project on Thursday morning, adding it to its annual Transportation Improvement Plan for the next five years, despite intense passionate opposition. The final vote was 12-4, with Les Miller, Lisa Montelione, Kevin Beckner and Guido Maniscalco dissenting. It came after eight hours of public hearings and discussion, with the meeting concluded at 2:18 a.m. Thursday morning. More than 180 people signed up to speak, though not all…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.22.16 – TBX showdown tonight

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Our latest form of participatory democracy takes place in Tampa tonight, where scores of people will comment on whether or not the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization should include the Tampa Bay Express project in what is known as their Transportation Improvement Plan. If past is prologue, the majority of speakers will be against the project, and the MPO will go ahead and approve the plan. That’s what happened ten months ago on a very similar vote. Only one member of the MPO, Tampa City…

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On eve of vote, economic analysis says TBX would bring 7,000 jobs, $6 billion total economic impact

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No doubt timed for maximum impact, an economic analysis performed by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council reports that the Tampa Bay Express project will generate an estimated 6,998 direct and indirect jobs and $5.8 billion in total economic impact during its six years of highway-related construction. The analysis was done for the Tampa Bay Partnership, which strongly supports TBX, the controversial billion-dollar-plus project from the Florida Dept. of Transportation with a first phase that includes building toll lanes on I-275 in Tampa.…

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Kimberly Overman challenges Les Miller in Hillsborough County District 3 race

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With a little more than two months before the Aug. 30 primary, Seminole Heights small businesswoman and volunteer/activist Kimberly Overman admits that it’s a bit of a “mad dash.” It’s obvious that the Hillsborough County Commission is in desperate need for leadership, Overman added, and thus her entry into the District 3 race against Democratic incumbent Les Miller. “I have no lack of respect for Les Miller,” she said in a phone interview last Thursday. “I’m glad he’s served us as he has. I…

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Lisa Montelione anticipates ‘increasing’ public service by running for state Legislature

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Although Lisa Montelione announced last fall that she would challenge fellow Democrat Mike Reedy in the House District 63 primary election this August, she didn’t officially submit her resign-to-run letter announcing her departure from the Tampa City Council until last Friday. She wrote she was submitting her resignation with “a heavy heart,” and jokingly said Wednesday night that putting such sentiments on paper to formally resign “was a task and a half.” But she quickly took exception to the idea she’s hoping to move…

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