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Les Miller wins Hillsborough County Commission District 3 seat

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Les Miller has won re-election to the Hillsborough County Commission in District 3. A week after Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman said she would be taking on Miller in the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 race,  Overman announced on Thursday that she would not run in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary. In a posting on her Facebook page, Overman wrote that after observing Wednesday night’s marathon public hearing by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization regarding the Tampa Bay Express project, she had decided…

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Les Miller on Tampa Bay Express issue: The votes weren’t there

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Last week, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a $3 billion plan to add express toll lanes to Interstates 275 and 4 and rebuild the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge. The vote was whether to include the proposal, dubbed by the Florida Department of Transportation as the Tampa Bay Express (TBX), in the MPO’s transit improvement plan (TIP). A total of 62 people testified before the board, 54 of them calling on the agency to remove the “TBX out of…

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Bob Buckhorn battles his first major test as Tampa Mayor

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By any measure, Tampa has flourished since its citizens elected Bob Buckhorn to become Mayor in 2011. Saddled with budget deficits in his first couple of years in office, he adroitly put the city’s economy back on solid footing post-recession. There’s been a plethora of new parks and swimming pools built throughout the city, and an expanded Riverwalk has brought a whole new focus to downtown. Improvements have been made in quality of life issues like code enforcement, adding new street lights to…

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Florida’s Tea Party, tea party movement not the same

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From The Associated Press: Florida has a Tea Party and a tea party movement, and no, they are not the same thing. As tens of thousands of angry conservative voters began protesting big government and federal spending, Fred O’Neal decided to tap into that energy and create a state-recognized political party – the Tea Party. The party now has a candidate on the 2010 ballot to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson. But many tea party activists don’t agree with…

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Florida’s Tea Party, tea party movement not the same

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From The Associated Press: Florida has a Tea Party and a tea party movement, and no, they are not the same thing. As tens of thousands of angry conservative voters began protesting big government and federal spending, Fred O’Neal decided to tap into that energy and create a state-recognized political party – the Tea Party. The party now has a candidate on the 2010 ballot to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson. But many tea party activists don’t agree with…

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