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Needs are great, but will Hillsborough voters go for two tax hikes at once?

Needs are great, but will Hillsborough voters go for two tax hikes at once?

TAMPA — Getting voters to raise their own taxes is never an easy ask, which explains why referendums in Hillsborough County are few and far between.The most recent was a transportation plan that voters soundly rejected in 2010. Before that, the lure ...
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The Tampa connection to John McCain’s funeral

The Tampa connection to John McCain’s funeral

About a month ago, former Major League Baseball star Luis Gonzalez received a phone call telling him his friend, U.S. Sen. John McCain, had a special request.McCain was in the final stage of his fight against brain cancer and he wanted Gonzalez to be...
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Carlton: Pssst ... Wanna buy a Tampa mayor’s election?

Carlton: Pssst ... Wanna buy a Tampa mayor’s election?

Sometimes the world seems a cynical place in which everything has a price if there’s enough cash to pay for it.But can you really buy a mayoral election?Tampa’s about to find out.The race to run what’s been called America’s Next Great City — the thir...
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Carlton: With Tuesday’s Democratic governor stunner, Buckhorn stays mayor a little longer. And he’s okay with that.

Carlton: With Tuesday’s Democratic governor stunner, Buckhorn stays mayor a little longer. And he’s okay with that.

Like many a political wonk, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was home Tuesday night tapping at his laptop as results for Florida’s primary election trickled in.You could argue that the night’s stunning upset in the race for governor — when liberal Tallahasse...
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Tax collector expands with new office to meet growing needs in booming Southshore

Tax collector expands with new office to meet growing needs in booming Southshore

TAMPA — The population of southern Hillsborough County has grown by about 11 percent since 2010, more than twice as fast as the rest of the county. Planners say even more people will call the area home in the next few years.To keep pace, the Hillsbor...
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Carlton: In the fight for Florida governor, voters aren’t interested in meeting in the middle anymore

Carlton: In the fight for Florida governor, voters aren’t interested in meeting in the middle anymore

You’d have to forgive some Florida Democrats if they woke up after Tuesday night’s stunning gubernatorial primary nursing some serious political hangovers.After all, Democrats were expected to come out of this primary election with a certain centrist...
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Big election turnout in Hernando County brings change, sets up November races

Big election turnout in Hernando County brings change, sets up November races

BROOKSVILLE — Nearly 30 percent of Hernando County voters cast ballots in the primary election, the number Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson had hoped to hit.That is a significant improvement from the 22.7 percent turnout in the last primary t...
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Compton, longtime Zephyrhills city councilman, defeats Sheriff’s Office administrator for Pasco judge seat

Compton, longtime Zephyrhills city councilman, defeats Sheriff’s Office administrator for Pasco judge seat

Kent Compton defeated Jeremiah Hawkes Tuesday in the race for Pasco County’s only contested judgeship. Nearly 59 percent of voters cast ballots for the former Zephyrhills city councilman.In a judicial race that forced candidates to stay away from hot...
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Flag to be flown at half-staff for McCain after criticism that White House raised it too soon

Flag to be flown at half-staff for McCain after criticism that White House raised it too soon

After flying at half-staff for barely a day in tribute to Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz., U.S. flags at the White House and many other federal properties were raised Monday morning, sparking criticism that President Donald Trump was not properly honoring...
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State Rep. Danny Burgess takes civilian job with Pasco Sheriff’s Office

State Rep. Danny Burgess takes civilian job with Pasco Sheriff’s Office

NEW PORT RICHEY — State Rep. Danny Burgess has a new boss — Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco.Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, joined the Sheriff’s Office earlier this month as its manager of future operations, a newly created division in the agency. His annu...
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