Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Politics

Florida Politics

Could driverless cars cause more congestion in urban cores?

As the era of driverless cars looms, a new Boston-based study suggests the vehicles may increase traffic congestion in downtown areas as more people embrace ride-hailing services and abandon transit.The same study also found, however, that...

Woman who says she exchanged sex for rent with Hernando commissioner describes political alliances

Woman who says she exchanged sex for rent with Hernando commissioner describes political alliances

BROOKSVILLE — Valerie Surette, the woman at the heart of prostitution-related charges against former Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, told Sheriff’s Office detectives in March that he frequently talked to her about county business. In a r...
Published: 09/12/18
Congresswoman Castor aims to amplify student voices ahead of Tampa gun violence prevention event

Congresswoman Castor aims to amplify student voices ahead of Tampa gun violence prevention event

TAMPA — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor says she doesn’t believe gun control should be a partisan issue. And she’s looking to young people as the ones to find common ground.On Monday, Castor appeared at Robinson High School with student organizers of the Tamp...
Published: 09/10/18

USF’s new leader will need political savvy, fundraising skill

TALLAHASSEE — The Judy Genshaft era at the University of South Florida won’t formally end until July, but the scramble is on to land her successor.University presidents in Florida are chosen in a politically charged atmosphere that values Tallahassee...
Published: 09/10/18
Kavanaugh fight shows new phase of Democratic resistance

Kavanaugh fight shows new phase of Democratic resistance

WASHINGTON — Democrats don’t have the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But that didn’t stop them from putting up a rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings that marked a new stage i...
Published: 09/08/18

Prosecutors have been using grand jury to investigate former FBI No. 2 McCabe

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors have for months been using a grand jury to investigate former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe — an indication the inquiry into whether he misled officials exploring his role in a controversial media disclosure has i...
Published: 09/06/18
Kyl sworn in as Arizona senator, replacing the late John McCain

Kyl sworn in as Arizona senator, replacing the late John McCain

WASHINGTON - Arizona Republican Jon Kyl rejoined the Senate on Wednesday, taking the seat long held by the late senator John McCain and restoring the GOP’s 51-to-49 majority.Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Kyl, prompting appla...
Published: 09/05/18
Bilirakis, Hunter: Where’s the money coming from?

Bilirakis, Hunter: Where’s the money coming from?

The elementary school teacher from Denver who gave Chris Hunter $250 for his bid to unseat U.S. Rep Gus Bilirakis cannot vote for him in November. Neither can donors like the lawyer from Georgia or the investor from California, who live far from his ...
Published: 09/04/18
Updated: 09/05/18
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, t...
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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...
Updated one month ago
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...
Updated one month ago