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It looks like Tim Schock and Pat Kemp won’t debate before next month’s Hillsborough County Commission election

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Tim Schock admits that he couldn’t commit to the initial dates proposed by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and the League of Women voters regarding a proposed debate with his Hillsborough County Commission District 6 opponent, Pat Kemp. Now Kemp says she’s too busy to debate Schock before the Nov. 8 election, and Schock isn’t happy about that. “She won’t talk about the issues,” Schock complained early Monday evening. “What’s more important than debating the issues? To turn down the press…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.29.16 — Congress is free to go home. Again.

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First of all, congratulations to the uber-hip readers at Creative Loafing who, in their Best of the Bay voting for Best Reporter in 2016, selected a columnist who retired two years ago. Congratulations also to our U.S. Congress who, by voting for a budget bill last to avoid a government shutdown, now gets to skip town for another two months before returning for an inevitable lame-duck session. Wait a minute, some of you might think — didn’t they just have a seven-week summer…

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SD 19 candidates talk it out at Tampa Tiger Bay Forum

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Although the candidates for Florida’s 19th Senate District have engaged in numerous campaign forums over the past couple of months, Friday’s encounter at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club did offer some new wrinkles. One was the appearance of the lone Republican in the race, John Houman, who has carried such a light footprint to date in the campaign that Ed Narain joked that he didn’t know he actually existed. The other new element was watching Augie Ribeiro (twice) break into a not-so-terrible Bernie Sanders impression. The Democratic…

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Democratic legislative candidates talk Donald Trump, reparations and diapers in Tiger Bay Forum

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Although many polls show the presidential election could go either way, the Democratic candidates in Florida’s Senate District 19 and House District 70 at Friday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting say they can’t fathom an America with Donald Trump leading the nation. “There are 45 million Republicans in this country, and that’s the best they can come up with?” asked an incredulous Dan Fiorini, a first-time candidate in HD 70 who served as a legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey two decades ago.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.16.16 – How does Bernie Sanders move on from here?

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We’ll save you our post-mortems about Marco Rubio‘s failed candidacy for the presidency, since you can find them all over the web this morning. We wrote last week how startled we were about the lack of support in his own state, and that was before Alex Leary‘s devastating portrayal in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times.  A notable thing about Rubio – his inability to raise a lot of money. Though it’s become chic this year to say that money doesn’t matter as much…

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Darren Soto to speak at Polk Tiger Bay on Oct. 15

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State Sen. Darren Soto will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County next week. The Orlando Democrat, who is running for Florida’s 9th Congressional District, will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave. in Bartow.  Soto, who represents Senate District 14, is among five Democrats and one Republican seeking the office vacated by U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, the Orlando liberal vacating the seat…

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Jeff Vinik says it’s no sure thing that MOSI will move downtown

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After their dramatic unveiling of their billion-dollar project to redevelop 40 acres of real estate in the Channelside District last December, Jeffrey Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners group has been relatively quiet in terms of news about what will actually be housed there. In recent months there has been discussion about the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) moving from its current North Tampa location across the street from USF to “Vinikville.” Though Hillsborough County officials have expressed excitement about the…

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