Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Koch network to campaign against proposed Hillsborough transportation tax

Koch network to campaign against proposed Hillsborough transportation tax

TAMPA – Americans for Prosperity has helped derail several plans to raise taxes for public transit over the past few years, including ones in Nashville  and Little Rock.The anti-tax, small government group, which for years was bankrol...
Published: 09/04/18
Historic Stovall House headed toward conversion to private club serving alcohol

Historic Stovall House headed toward conversion to private club serving alcohol

The Stovall House is one step closer to serving booze and putting up overnight guests now that the Tampa City Council has given a first nod to transforming the historic Bayshore Boulevard estate into a private club.The decision came around 1 a.m...
Updated one month ago
‘Anything can happen in an election year.’ Tampa City Council sued over zoning denial

‘Anything can happen in an election year.’ Tampa City Council sued over zoning denial

An executive at a West Tampa window company has sued the city of Tampa for rejecting his attempt to turn a residential property into a parking lot.Spencer Kass, a 44-year-old Weather Tite Windows vice-president, claims that council members rejected h...
Updated one month ago
A truce on Tampa’s trees? It looks likely.

A truce on Tampa’s trees? It looks likely.

Plenty of people at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting said what was happening was historic.For decades, builders and tree advocates had been foes, battling over the city's tree canopy.Advocates said builders wanted to weaken the city’...
Updated one month ago
Tight down-ballot races may affect Hillsborough voters’ lives more than marquee contests

Tight down-ballot races may affect Hillsborough voters’ lives more than marquee contests

It's game on for the Nov. 6 general election.Most of the attention and TV ads will focus on the races for governor and U.S. senator, but critical local races in Hillsborough County will have arguably more impact on voters' lives.Here's a look at the ...
Updated one month ago
Hernando Clerk: Longtime staffer Chorvat wins GOP primary

Hernando Clerk: Longtime staffer Chorvat wins GOP primary

In the race for Hernando County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Douglas Chorvat was the winner, earning nearly 53 percent of the vote over Joel Fritton in the Republican primary race.Chorvat, an 18-year employee of the clerk's office, faces no-party cand...
Updated one month ago
Kathleen Peters cruises to victory in Pinellas commission race

Kathleen Peters cruises to victory in Pinellas commission race

Republican state Rep. Kathleen Peters cruised to victory in a three-way contest in the lone contested race for the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday.Unofficial results show that Peters of South Pasadena won 48 percent of the vote compared to 36 p...
Updated one month ago
Yvonne Yolie Capin will miss City Council meeting — but not because she’s hiding

Yvonne Yolie Capin will miss City Council meeting — but not because she’s hiding

Yvone Yolie Capin wants to set the record straight: she's not missing Thursday's high-profile meetings because she wants to avoid a tough vote.She's ill.Capin contacted the Tampa Bay Times Monday to say that her absence from the council's A...
Updated one month ago
Florida House: Ronda Storms’ comeback ends in GOP primary

Florida House: Ronda Storms’ comeback ends in GOP primary

Republican candidate Joe Wicker said he received a concession call about 9 p.m. from opponent Ronda Storms in the District 59 State House Republican primary.Wicker chalked his victory up to hard work and voters wanting a fresh face."The community had...
Updated one month ago
Florida House: Incumbent James Grant wins big

Florida House: Incumbent James Grant wins big

TAMPA —Incumbent state Rep. James Grant easily clinched the Republican nomination for Florida House District 64 against first-time candidate Terry Power.Grant will now face Democratic candidate and Hillsborough middle school teacher Jessica Har...
Updated one month ago