Bilirakis bemoans minority status
On the day Gus Bilirakis was elected to Congress, his party lost its majority control there. The Republican from Palm Harbor is adjusting to rule under Democrats, he told New Tampa Rotarians on Friday morning.
"It is so partisan up there and it is so unfortunate," Bilirakis said at the weekly breakfast meeting in Tampa Palms. "It's unfortunate for our constituents."
He said the partisanship is worse than it was in the Republican-controlled Florida House, where Bilirakis served eight years.
"It's all posturing for the 2008 elections," he said.
"When you're in the minority, you can forget having something passed in your name, and I accept that."
"We have a lot of good members on both sides of the aisle," Bilirakis said. "The leadership needs to get along."
a return to politics
Shawn Harrison, who represented north Tampa on the Tampa City Council for eight years, says he's considering running two years from now for the Florida House seat held by Ed Homan.
Homan has filed to run this year for re-election. He would serve a fourth, and final, two-year term in the House, thanks to term limits.
"I'm taking a good look at District 60, and that probably would necessitate a move," said Harrison.
Harrison lives in Hunter's Green, near the boundary of Districts 60 and 61. The District 61 seat is held by Will Weatherford of Wesley Chapel, a friend of Harrison's.
"I can hit a sand wedge from my house into Ed's District," Harrison said.
Harrison, a Republican who lost his race a year ago for a citywide City Council seat, said he plans to decide by year's end whether to take the plunge.
Clark Elementary parents cancel meeting
Clark Elementary School parents canceled a town hall meeting scheduled for Monday night because no School Board members planned to come, said organizer Suzanne Sloss.
Parents planned to air their grievances regarding a Hillsborough County School District proposal to bus hundreds of students from Shaw and Witter elementaries, crowded high-poverty schools, into Clark and Hunter's Green Elementary, which are under capacity.
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