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Sean Shaw files legislation to get funds for Cuban Club and Florida Community Catalyst Project

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Tampa Democrat Sean Shaw has submitted his first appropriations request for the 2017 Legislative Session. The freshman lawmaker is requesting $1 million for rehabbing the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City. According to the budget request, the facility has damaged structural support columns, beams and floor slabs on all four floors that would be removed and replaced in order to achieve the structural stability of the building. Part of the deteriorated southern part of the building as well as its adjoining fire escape will be removed and replaced. There…

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Sean Shaw narrowly defeats Dianne Hart in House District 61 race

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Sean Shaw will be returning to Tallahassee next year, representing Hillsborough County’s House District 61, which encompasses  Ybor City, Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights and East Tampa In an incredibly tight race, the Tampa attorney has defeated East Tampa activist and businesswoman Dianne Hart, getting 42.71 percent of the vote to Hart’s 41.92 percent. Shaw received 6,696 votes to Hart’s 6,572. Environmental engineer and vocational trainer Walter Smith finished in third place with 15 percent of the vote. Shaw was backed by the influential Florida Sentinel-Bulletin, the Florida Democratic Progressive…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.30.16 – Election Day questions

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Primary Election Day is here, finally, for those of us who care. Because that isn’t close to the majority of registered voters in Florida. Going into today, the turnout by percentage via early and absentee voting here in Hillsborough County where I’m located was lower than it turned out to be in 2012, which Congresswoman Kathy Castor says is disappointing. We’re talking below 20 percent, folks. Whether that percentage might increase if the election weren’t held in the last week of August…

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Democratic Progressive Caucus backs Sean Shaw in HD 61 race

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The Democratic Progressive Caucus released a slate of endorsements on Monday, including Tampa attorney Sean Shaw in the race to represent District 61 in the State House. “We’ve been working for months to spread my progressive message and share my plan to make sure Tallahassee is working for everyone,” Shaw said. “That means raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, improving our education system, and promoting community policing.  I’m honored to join the Progressive Caucus and their members in the fight. Shaw is…

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East Tampa activist says mailer in HD 61 indicates she’s supporting a candidate that she isn’t

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East Tampa activist Michelle Patty is upset about a campaign mailer that she says infers she’s supporting a candidate that she’s not in the House District 61 race. On the backside of a just issued mailer paid for by the Florida Retail Federation PAC, Patty is seen standing next to East Tampa businesswoman and activist Dianne Hart, who is running against fellow Democrats Sean Shaw and Walter Smith in the Tampa-centric district, which encompasses downtown Tampa, Ybor City and Seminole Heights. However, Patty is…

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Arthenia Joyner backs Sean Shaw in HD 61 race

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Tampa attorney Sean Shaw appears to be the consensus, establishment choice to take the House District 61 seat next month, and he received one of the most important endorsements of his campaign on Tuesday when outgoing Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner announced she is backing him. “Sean Shaw is the fighter we need in Tallahassee,” Senator Joyner said in a statement. “He’ll stand up for working people and raising the minimum wage, he’ll stand up for our kids and more money…

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HD 61 candidate Sean Shaw on guns, working with the GOP, and getting “The Talk”

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The race for House District 61 has been rather cordial to date between attorney Sean Shaw, activist and businesswoman Dianne Hart and environmental engineer Walter Smith. That’s a far cry from two years ago, when Shaw engaged in an intense battle with Ed Narain. Shaw accused Narain of being too Republican-friendly, while Narain and his supporters essentially called Shaw a carpetbagger, emphasizing his lack of roots in the district. Narain ultimately took the seat, winning by a 41%-35% margin. Narain looked like a sure bet for re-election in…

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