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Solar choice advocates like Stephen Smith and Debbie Dooley can’t come to grips

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Consumers for Smart Solar got their initiative on the 2016 ballot fair and square, and from the looks of it Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Stephen Smith and Tea Party poser Debbie Dooley are having trouble coming to grips. The sour grapes were pretty apparent in a recent interview, where Dooley was identified as an orchestrator of the “Green Tea” movement that brought together tea partiers and environmentalists to help fight… what? Regular people who oppose the solar plan put forward by SACE? And…

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Seeds of GOP splinter in opposition to all things Barack Obama

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Republicans can blame their united stand against President Barack Obama for their party’s splintering. Conservatives’ gut-level resistance to all things Obama — the man, his authority, his policies — gave birth to the tea party movement that powered the GOP to political success in multiple states and historic congressional majorities. Yet contained in the movement and its triumphs were the seeds of destruction, evident now in the party’s fracture over presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Obama’s policies, from the ambitious 2010…

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Turning around one of my critics

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As my friend Chris Turner might remember, my New Year’s resolution from a few years ago was, simply, “More friends, less enemies.” Unlike so many of the resolutions I’ve made to lose weight or stop eating so much salt (or both) this one sort of stuck. At least I think it did. I know I’ve worked at it. And that feels good. Very good. In fact, it feels so good to be at the place I am at, I see a certain ridiculousness…

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Kevin Becker defends his alternative plan for transit and infrastructure in Hillsborough County

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Although Kevin Beckner’s alternative plan to fund transit and transportation projects in Hillsborough County was met with derision by some of his colleagues upon his unveiling it at a budget workshop this week, he is unrepentant, believing that the current Go Hillsborough plan as currently constituted is unlikely to pass this fall. “Contrary to what some may say, this plan does not undermine the vision that the mayor or any other leader wants to accomplish for the city or our county,”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.16.15 – Fear and loathing in Las Vegas

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With all the Republican candidates gathering at the Venetian in Las Vegas for the last GOP presidential debate in 2015, the question I ask you today is – will the Republican nominee be anyone other than Donald Trump or Ted Cruz? Trump was his classic self last night, but finally had somebody take it to him in the person of Jeb Bush, who had several well-rehearsed put-down lines that had the Donald mumbling to himself and making absurd faces. Bush condemned…

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Dena DeCamp elected Florida Republican Women president

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Amid a weekend of candidates, policy discussions and a closer role with the state Republican Party, delegates to the Florida Federation of Republican Women Convention in Orlando elected Dena DeCamp of Lakeland as their new president Saturday. She was first vice president of the state federation, President of the Republican Women’s Club of Lakeland and is a former vice chair of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee. Former state Rep. Deborah Tamargo, who chairs of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, was…

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No surprise: Tea Party activists prefer Ted Cruz over Jeb Bush

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was the hands-down favorite of an Americans for Prosperity gathering this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the summit of Tea Party activists was the measure. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush was attending his first national conference of Americans for Prosperity and was…

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