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Five burning questions for Rick Kriseman and Bob Buckhorn

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Two Tampa Bay giants had fielded questions last week at the Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon. St. Pete and Tampa Mayors Rick Kriseman and Bob Buckhorn delivered a “state of Tampa Bay” speech before members of the nonpartisan club take their gloves off to do what Tigers do best — “carve a politician up for lunch.” So while this group of politically savvy insiders came armed with an array of excellent questions for the oft-dueling mayors on opposite sides of the Bay, here…

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Bob Buckhorn, Rick Kriseman to deliver lively State of the Bay on Friday

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Neighboring Mayors Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman will deliver a State of the Bay address at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon at the St. Pete Yacht Club in downtown on Friday. The two are likely to tout their respective wins in both Tampa and St. Pete. For Kriseman that means a demolished Pier, a thriving downtown, several key steps in stamping out poverty in South St. Pete and, most likely by then, a new deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. For Buckhorn, there’s the mostly…

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Rays President Brian Auld fields fast pitches and softballs at Tiger Bay

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In a rare public appearance, Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld candidly spoke about the team’s intention to do everything possible to stay in the Tampa Bay region. Despite his assurances that management prefers staying in the region, Auld said little to indicate whether the future of baseball in St. Pete was certain. “We’re going to work to keep this franchise here for generations to come,” Auld said during a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club…

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Bob Buckhorn takes his act to Tally

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Bob Buckhorn travels to Tallahassee tomorrow in what is being seen as his first overt move to broaden his statewide appeal in advance of 2018, when he’ll likely take a run at the Democratic nomination for governor. The Tampa mayor will address the Tallahassee Tiger Bay Club on Friday, as well as tape an appearance on the local public affairs program, The Usual Suspects. The visit comes just a few months after Buckhorn breezed through a re-election “campaign,” complete with receiving a walloping…

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Pinellas sheriff wants legislative fix to medical pot, not an amendment

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri wants the Florida Legislature to figure something out when it comes to medical marijuana. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Thursday, marijuana reform was the talk of the day. Gualtieri was asked several times about medical marijuana and once about recreational. He told the group of about 50 Tiger Bay members and guests he was actively supportive of the state’s Charlotte’s Web bill that passed during the 2014 Legislature. Charlotte’s Web is a strain of…

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Mike Reedy says Shawn Harrison failed to show leadership in 2015 legislative session

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The consensus among political pundits in Florida is that state Republicans won’t be hurt by the budget impasse that led the Legislature to break early last month, before they were able to pass their constitutional duties to pass a budget. Those same analysts do acknowledge that it could make a difference on the margins, in those few swing legislative districts sprinkled throughout the state. One of those districts in the House is HD 63, currently occupied by Republican Shawn Harrison. He’s…

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Stage legislators defend their own healthcare coverage at Tiger Bay forum in Tampa

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Tampa Bay area state legislators Tom Lee and Daryl Rouson took center court at todays’ Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting, where again the Legislature’s divide on health care drove the debate. Lee, a Senate Republican, represents Brandon in Tallahassee, while Rouson’s House District comprises a good chunk of South Pinellas County, but bizarrely also includes portions of Ruskin in Hillsborough County, and parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The pair (dubbed “Ebony and Ivory” by Lee) return with the rest of their…

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