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William March: Tampa Bay Democrats line up for state legislative races


A surge of Democrats seeking local legislative offices and hoping for a "blue wave" in the 2018 election continued last week, led by Bob Buesing filing to run again versus state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa.

In additio...

State Sen. Dana Young gets rematch from Bob Buesing


Bob Buesing is finally making it official: The Tampa lawyer and Democrat is filing paperwork today to make another run against State Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, in what's likely to be one of the 2018's marquee Florida legi...

Ethics panel advised to deny legal fees in unfounded Ken Hagan complaint


A Florida Ethics Commission staff attorney has drafted an order denying Hillsborough County’s request for reimbursement for attorney fees from one of four citizens who filed unsustained ethics complaints against Commissi...

Shaw expected to announce for AG


Look for state Rep. Sean Shaw, D-Tampa, to announce next week he's running for state attorney general.

Shaw has been considering the race for months. According to sources close to Shaw, he plans to make an announce...

Hillsborough Republicans off to a rocky start in 2018


The Hillsborough County Republican Party is having a shaky start to election year 2018.

Chairman Deborah Tamargo has been ousted over a seemingly petty squabble that reflects the long-standing division between Eas...

Philip Levine brings his bus tour to Tampa


TAMPA — Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine touted his credentials as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate and environmental advocate in a gathering at the home of a South Tampa environmental activist Thursday.<...

Hillsborough GOP chair Deborah Tamargo to resign Tuesday


TAMPA — Hillsborough County Republican Party chair Deborah Tamargo said she will resign her position Tuesday as she faces a grievance filed against her by other party officers.

Tamargo announced her resignati...

Political outsider announces run for Tampa mayor


TAMPA – Professional speaker and business owner Topher Morrison has filed to run for mayor of Tampa in 2019.

A political outsider making his first run for office, Morrison said Monday he hopes to start "a movement...

William March: Fee or tax? Tampa, hotels fight lawmakers’ efforts to cut marketing money


Tampa and the Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association are fighting back hard against a lawsuit by House Speaker Richard Corcoran over what he calls an "illegal tax" on a dozen downtown and Ybor City hotels.


Candidates eager to campaign in Hillsborough file papers as soon as they can


As election year 2018 opened for business this week, several candidates jumped immediately into Hillsborough County Commission and legislative races, including a couple of prominent Democrats hoping for an anti-Trump wav...

William March: Even local GOP sees Democrats’ new energy, but candidates still lacking


As 2017 ended, Hillsborough County Democrats were energized and optimistic that big wins are coming, and Republicans were worried.

But so far, there’s not much tangible evidence either way.

Will the anti-Trum...

William March: GOP clout fuels new talk of expanding Hillsborough commission


After the failure of the idea in 2015, there may be another move to enlarge the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.

This time, however, there may be motives beyond increasing minority representation: Some R...

Tampa Council delays approval of Kennedy Boulevard hotel plans


TAMPA — The Tampa City Council on Thursday delayed approval of plans for a hotel project in one of downtown’s most visible locations — the block on Kennedy Boulevard across Florida Avenue from City Hall.

The reaso...

Lawrence McClure wins Hillsborough’s House District 58 seat


PLANT CITY — As expected, Republican Lawrence McClure easily won Tuesday’s special election for state House District 58 to replace retired Rep. Dan Raulerson.

McClure won 54 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat J...

Know your candidates: Florida State House | District 58


A hard-fought Republican primary ended with the nomination of Lawrence McClure in October during a whirlwind special election cycle to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, who is stepping down for health reasons. The GOP wi...

William March: AG candidate Ashley Moody called ‘liberal;’ bill takes Orlando money for Tampa transit


Ideological divides in Florida’s Republican attorney general primary race are producing some early negative campaigning, with a strong Tampa Bay area flavor.

State Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, one of four candida...

Ed Turanchik looks again at Tampa mayor’s race


TAMPA — After telling supporters last spring and summer that he wouldn’t run for mayor of Tampa in 2019, lawyer and civic activist Ed Turanchik says he’s taking another look.

"Six months ago, the answer was no. I’v...