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Hillsborough property appraiser's challengers have to broaden base

Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner's ill-fated decision to email porn to a subordinate has drawn former state Rep. Bob Henriquez and current state Sen. Ronda Storms into the race, but don't count out Turner just yet.

For all of her political success, Storms, R-Valrico, has never won a countywide election, and the Republican will struggle to get significant support in more moderate Tampa during a primary race against Turner.

The reverse holds true for Henriquez, a Democrat who will struggle to get support outside of Tampa if he makes the November election.

Turner has a lot to overcome and, if another revelation surfaces, he must resign. But if the story dies down and he can tout his 16 years of success running the office, he could survive. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Obama — Why Stupid People Shouldn't Vote. Also seen on a bumper sticker: I'd Vote Republican, But I'm Allergic To Nuts. …

If these two bumper stickers represent the kind of political discourse we're going to endure between now and November, we're in a for a challenging campaign that will yield only more hate. Our job is to rise above the vitriol and find a way to disagree without being insulting. …

I better dig out the bell-bottoms. The Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County holds an Old School Dance from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at Tampa's Zendah Grotto Hall, 4402 W Ohio Ave. …

The instructor of a laughter yoga class in Dunedin says the giggles lead to improved health, including stress relief and strengthening the immune system. Sign me up, because I love laughing, especially at myself.

That's all I'm saying.

Hillsborough property appraiser's challengers have to broaden base 05/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 4:04pm]
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