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Mike Suarez sounds like he’s running for higher office during speech to Hillsborough Democrats

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In what could be a preview of things to come, Tampa City Council Chairman Mike Suarez promoted his prescriptions for a progressive city during a speech to the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Council. The mood were notably different than the last time Suarez addressed the DEC in the same venue. In early December, he and several of his City Council colleagues were denied the opportunity to vote in the local party’s reorganization meeting, which led to Suarez angrily taking to the floor to defend his bona…

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Hillsborough Commissioners reject naming June as LGBT Pride Month

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The Hillsborough County Commission rejected a proposal on Wednesday to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month. The motion, presented to them by Commissioner Kevin Beckner, would also have recognized June 12th as a day of remembrance for the shooting massacre that occurred at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. On that day fateful day last month, forty-nine people were slain and dozens more injured, most of them gay. But that proposal failed as well. “This should not be about politics. This is about people,”…

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