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Pasco Political Notebook for July 13

Chamber hosts primary debatesThe West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host its Primary Election debates from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 16 at the Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.Participants include c...
Published: 07/09/18
The Red Hen just reopened. Here’s what the restaurant is actually like.

The Red Hen just reopened. Here’s what the restaurant is actually like.

LEXINGTON, Va. - A car slowed to a crawl at the intersection of East Washington and North Randolph streets Friday evening as a woman in the passenger seat rolled down her window. Eyes wide, she reached out and snapped a photo of a rustic-looking buil...
Published: 07/08/18
Democrats wince, but Buckhorn revels in his relationship with Scott

Democrats wince, but Buckhorn revels in his relationship with Scott

TAMPA — It’s an unlikely pairing, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Gov. Rick Scott.But Buckhorn, a Democrat who stumped hard for Hillary Clinton, has forged a pragmatic alliance with Scott, a key Republican ally of President Donald Trump.In recent weeks,...
Published: 07/07/18
Romano: Florida elections need to come out of the Dark Ages

Romano: Florida elections need to come out of the Dark Ages

For his first 22 years in public office, sincerity may have been the best thing he had going for him. Agree with his politics or not, it was hard to ignore the aw-shucks charisma of Adam Putnam. He was genuine, he was conservative, he was everybody’s...
Published: 07/07/18
Pinellas beach mayors want to take back power over short-term rentals

Pinellas beach mayors want to take back power over short-term rentals

CLEARWATER — Nearly every week so far this year, Flash Gordon Williamson and Jo Hammond have seen a different group of vacationers arrive in the house next door in their quiet Gulf front neighborhood.College kids who brought new friends back from the...
Published: 07/05/18
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti says he might challenge Trump in 2020

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti says he might challenge Trump in 2020

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who emerged as national figure by representing porn star Stormy Daniels, is weighing a challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020.In a series of tweets and media interviews on Independence Day, Avenatti said he would run...
Published: 07/05/18
PolitiFact: Even George Washington had to fight fake news

PolitiFact: Even George Washington had to fight fake news

Politics in 2018 can seem so relentlessly negative, it’s tempting to seek escape in reading stories of the Founding Fathers.Take George Washington. Far from the staid-looking fellow on the $1 bill, Washington was a tall and athletic man, a skilled so...
Published: 07/03/18

Pasco Political Notebook for July 6

Judicial candidates forum/reception setThe West Pasco Republican Club will host a Judicial Candidate Reception and Forum July 17 at Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with ...
Published: 07/02/18
In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

In Hillsborough, charter school money becomes an issue in House race

Times Staff WriterTAMPA — With her first campaign for state office barely off the ground, Hillsborough County School Board member Susan Valdes faces an organized effort by opponents of the charter school movement to keep her out of Tallahassee.Valdes...
Published: 07/02/18
Ybor's Canada Day revelers react with humor and concern to retaliatory tariffs

Ybor's Canada Day revelers react with humor and concern to retaliatory tariffs

When there is a shift in relations between the United States and Cuba, Ybor City — a hub of Tampa’s Cuban culture — is never a place short on opinions. But on Sunday, the talk of the Latin District — both in earnest and in je...
Published: 07/02/18