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Luis Viera announces new slate of Democrats backing his candidacy in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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The campaign regarding who will be the next representative for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat this week has turned into a series of dueling announcements regarding endorsements. After Jim Davison announced on Wednesday night that Avis Harrison, who finished third in the District 7 primary vote last week, was backing him in the Dec. 6 runoff election, his opponent, Luis Viera, announced a slate of current and former lawmakers in Tampa/Hillsborough County on Thursday. They include Hillsborough County Commissioner Les…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.24.16 — Pressure builds for Clinton Foundation to fade away

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Last week it was The Boston Globe. On Tuesday, it was Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast, and now it’s USA Today. All three media entities say it’s now time for Bill and Hillary Clinton to shut down the Clinton Foundation, as it has become a major liability to the former first lady as she seeks the presidency. Earlier this week, Bill Clinton (finally) announced details to tighten the ethical safeguards of the foundation, to eliminate “legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.” But it appears…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.18.16 – The Affordable Care Act is getting less affordable

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There’s more news about the Affordable Care Act this week, and it ain’t that good. Aetna announced on Tuesday it would be pulling out of Florida and 10 other states next year, giving those on the government plan less options for choice here in the Sunshine State. There have always been problems with the ACA, and they’re starting to exacerbate. But the answer isn’t just to repeal it, like most congressional Republicans have invoked like a mantra for the past…

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Donald Trump campaign shakeup — will it be enough?

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Donald Trump and his campaign are sending a signal with the announcement of Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager. Aside from the clear message that his is a campaign in trouble, it also provides a clear picture of a major focus of his campaign going forward. That focus is to make the election about Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump. So far, Trump’s world-class lack of discipline has kept the spotlight on himself. There can…

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Joe Henderson: Endorsement, momentum may not be enough in Hillsborough District 6 race

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Brian Willis has the editorial endorsement of the Tampa Bay Times in his bid to win the Democratic primary Aug. 30 for Hillsborough’s District 6 county commission seat. He has been, in the words of one veteran local observer of the political scene, “very impressive” on the campaign stump. He seems to have momentum. In most years, that alone would be enough to predict victory. This year, however … better wait. Transportation has taken center stage as the dominant issue…

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Brian Willis announces raising more than $75,000 for his Hillsborough BOCC District 6 seat

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Brian Willis, the Tampa-based attorney running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 seat, announced on Monday that his campaign has raised more than $75,000 from over 450 contributions since he started last spring. “We’ve been spreading our message across the county,” Willis said in a statement. “Everywhere I go, we add new supporters to our team who want to volunteer, donate, and spread the word. It’s clear that voters are ready for new leadership and new ideas to move Hillsborough forward.”…

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E.J. Otero says he’s uniquely qualified if he runs for Hillsborough County Commission

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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. E.J. Otero says he is receiving calls nearly everyday from Hillsborough County Republicans who want him to enter the County Commission District 6 seat. He and says he will make a decision on whether or not he’ll do so “within a reasonable amount of time.” Otero confirms that there is tremendous unease within GOP circles in Hillsborough about the viability of Jim Norman’s candidacy. The longtime former commissioner officially announced his political comeback last week when…

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