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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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Senate candidate Kelli Ward suggests McCain timed pre-death announcement to hurt her campaign

Senate candidate Kelli Ward suggests McCain timed pre-death announcement to hurt her campaign

Kelli Ward, a U.S. Senate hopeful and a onetime rival of Sen. John McCain, is facing a torrent of criticism after she appeared to suggest that his announcement Friday to halt medical treatment for his brain cancer was timed to hurt her campaign. McCa...
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Carlton: Could an ethnic name doom a judicial candidate — even now?

Carlton: Could an ethnic name doom a judicial candidate — even now?

Running for judge is an odd thing. Judges are supposed to appear impartial, so candidates don’t really talk politics or take stances. Mostly, they just tout their lawyerly resumes.To which voters tend to respond: Yawn.As a result, the average citizen...
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McCain will no longer be treated for brain cancer, family says

McCain will no longer be treated for brain cancer, family says

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, will no longer be treated for his condition, his family announced Friday, a sign that the Republican war hero is most likely entering his final days."L...
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Voter security tight in Hernando ahead of primary election

Voter security tight in Hernando ahead of primary election

Early voters have Hernando County off to a good start ahead of next week’s primary election. Nearly 14 percent of registered residents — or about 18,200 people — had cast their ballots as of Tuesday morning, according to the Supervisor of Elections O...
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Trump calls Paul Manafort a ‘brave man,’ says he refused to ‘break’ unlike Michael Cohen

Trump calls Paul Manafort a ‘brave man,’ says he refused to ‘break’ unlike Michael Cohen

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a "brave man," saying he "refused to ‘break’ " during the prosecution that led to convictions Tuesday on eight tax- and bank-fraud charges in federal court.In t...
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Carlton: Plot twist! So what would be on maybe-Mayor Frank Reddick’s agenda for Tampa?

Carlton: Plot twist! So what would be on maybe-Mayor Frank Reddick’s agenda for Tampa?

Lately, Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick finds himself in demand.Powerful people who have never asked to meet with him in his seven years of representing the city’s less affluent neighborhoods — on everything from public pools to police power ...
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