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CANDIDATES FOR HIGHER OFFICE SHOULD QUIT FIRST

Mike Haridopolos' bid for the U.S. Senate weakened his effectiveness as Senate president, but it's not the first time we've seen that result.

Last year, Charlie Crist ran into conflicts trying to serve as governor while chasing a U.S. Senate seat. People still talk about the rancor resulting from Johnnie Byrd's dual rule as state House speaker and U.S. Senate candidate.

The state should require Cabinet officers and legislative leaders to resign their posts before seeking a federal office. The conflicts are obvious and, in some instances, debilitating....

You know times are tough when a coupon policy story makes the front page of the paper....

The county wants to know what you think about County Commission redistricting. It should draw - pun intended - attention, given the likely population shifts to outlying areas.

Ten years ago, crafting the lines proved contentious, and it may happen again. Learn how you can weigh in at hillsboroughcounty.org/redistricting....

Seen on a bumper sticker: Opportunity Only Knocks Once, But Temptation Leans On The Doorbell....

The Shriners Hospitals for Children touts Saturday's Royal Swan Gala as a rising star among the nonprofit benefits.

The group converts the ," that will feature bigWestin Tampa Harbour Island into a "Cocoanut Grove Nightclub band music and Polynesian entertainment.

Go to royalswanball.com for more information....

I'm one of the judges at the Rotary Pig Fest (rotarypigfest.com/) Saturday at New Tampa's St. Mark the Evangelist Church. Yes, that's part of my job description. What's your point?

That's all I'm saying.

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