TAMPA — Why is it so difficult to get Democrat Pat Kemp and Republican Tim Schock on a debate stage together?
The Hillsborough County District 6 candidates have yet to face off in any one-on-one forums since they were named their parties' nominees Aug. 30. And it doesn't appear they will before the Nov. 8 election.
Schock said Kemp is avoiding him. Kemp said Shock missed his chance....
TAMPA — It has been tougher than expected to get the candidates for Hillsborough County’s open District 6 commission seat to get together for a debate or one-on-one forum.
The Bay Buzz learned that first hand this week.
We asked both Democrat Pat Kemp and Republican Tim Schock on Oct. 13, if they would sit down for a Facebook Live debate at our Tampa office. The plan was for our Hillsborough County reporter (the author of this post) to ask them both questions about issues facing Hillsborough and each would have an opportunity to respond to the questions and each other. Our large Facebook audience of 210,000 followers could watch the conversation live or catch an archived version at their convenience....
TAMPA — Transit advocates are expected to speak out today when Hillsborough County commissioners discuss how to spend $600 million set aside for transportation projects.
Their problem with the plan? There's no money in it for public transportation, including buses, rail or ferries.
Instead, the proposed project list is focused on safety improvements at intersections and schools, road resurfacing and new and wider roads to relieve congestion in unincorporated Hillsborough....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County wants to teach people to stop mixing trash with the recyclables.
It makes recycling more expensives, exposes workers to health risks and damages equipment.
So to figure out how people mistakenly misuse their blue bins, Hillsborough County is calling for residents to fill out a brief survey about their recycling habits....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman wants more money to go toward transit projects when commissioners decide this week how to spend the $600 million they set aside for transportation.
The proposal on the table would mostly direct the money to repave streets, improve safety at intersections and near schools, and alleviate congestion by widening and adding roads in unincorporated Hillsborough County....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners are expected to decide next week how to spend the $600 million they set aside for transportation projects over the next 10 years.
"It's time to get started," Commissioner Al Higginbotham said.
But not everyone is happy.
The two candidates running for the open District 6 commission seat think their potential colleagues should wait until after the election before finalizing a blueprint....
TAMPA — Republican Hillsborough County Commission candidate Tim Schock fired his campaign manager Wednesday after learning that in a recent political argument on Facebook, the manager used a homosexual slur and told a military veteran he didn't respect his service.
The campaign manager, Daniel Davis, also told a firefighter to "go die in a fire" and insinuated that a man's 1-year-old daughter would have to "whore herself out to get through college" because her father was poor....
Democrat Pat Kemp and Republican Tim Schock both lost races for Hillsborough County Commission in 2014. One of them will be successful on Nov. 8. Kemp has been active in local politics for years as an aide to two former county commissioners and former Democratic party chairwoman. She won a four-way primary in August. Schock thwarted Jim Norman's attempt at political comeback in his Republican primary. The Tampa businessman has never held local office either. ...
Democratic incumbent Pat Frank faced her first primary challenge since she was elected clerk in 2004 and she handily defeated County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. In her bid for a fourth term as clerk, the long-time politician will face Republican Eric Seidel, a first-time candidate and lawyer best known as the former consumer reporter for WTVT-Ch. 13.
About the job: The Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court is tasked with administrating the court system, keeping Board of County Commission records, auditing the county and maintaining the county's finances. The position pays $159,980....
Says Hillary Clinton called the Trans-Pacific Partnership "the gold standard. You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it's the finest deal you've ever seen."
Donald Trump, in the Sept. 26 presidential debate
Trump has criticized both the North American Free Trade Agreement approved under President Bill Clinton and the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated by President Barack Obama's administration....
TAMPA — Renewed angst over a planned highway and toll expansion in the Tampa Bay region has rippled into the race for Hillsborough County's open commission seat.
Democrat Pat Kemp and Republican Tim Schock both said they were troubled by a Tampa Bay Times report last week that revealed the Florida Department of Transportation plans to turn one of four lanes in each direction on the Howard Frankland Bridge into a toll lane as part of the $6 billion highway expansion known as Tampa Bay Express....
Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank shot back Wednesday at claims that her office has mishandled Public Transportation Commission funds.
The PTC gave its executive director, Kyle Cockream, authority to look into whether it could find a better steward of its dollars in the private sector. Cockream has said that the clerk's office has had problems managing PTC money for several years....
One mosquito. Two mosquito. Three mosquito. Four. How they count the bloodsuckers in Hillsborough (w/video)09/09/16 Human Interest
RUSKIN — Start the clock. One minute.
Joseph Shiver sticks out his arms, palms up. First comes the sweat. Then the mosquitoes.
And he counts them.
Shiver doesn't flinch when they bite. Doesn't swat them from his face. Doesn't wait for them to land, then SPLAT!
He just counts.
Three. Four. Five. Six.
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Shiver, a senior crew leader with Hillsborough County, is on the front lines of this area's mosquito wars. Though it may seem decidedly low-tech for a battle waged largely with complex chemicals, counting mosquitoes on the meaty arms of an ex-butcher is a key way to survey the enemy....
TAMPA — After a failed referendum in 2010 and two failed attempts to hold another in 2016, the six-year debate about how to pay for Hillsborough County's transportation needs reached a milestone achievement Thursday: Something actually passed.
County commissioners unanimously voted to dedicate $600 million over the next 10 years to fixing roads, bridges, sidewalks and intersections....
TAMPA -- Hillsborough County commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to dedicate $600 million to transportation spending over the next decade.
The proposal, a last minute compromise pushed by Commissioner Al Higginbotham, requires commissioners to put $35 million in transportation next year, and increase the allotment by $5 million every year for the next 10 years.
Commissioners chose Higginbotham’s plan over another proposal from Commissioner Sandy Murman that would have raised an estimated $820 million over the next decade. Her plan would’ve set aside one-third of growth in property tax revenue for road work and other projects....