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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Outspoken Mary Mulhern bids Tampa Council farewell

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:06 PM

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It was sorta fitting that Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern's last meeting was a workshop on how to prepare for the effects of climate change.

It was a chance for Mulhern, the most progressive member of the council, to take a parting shot at Florida's backwards environmental policies.

“I don’t work for the state. I work for the city. So I can say that,” she said at the start of the workshop.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rays "news" may happen this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 5:42 PM

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Remember that time when St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays execs forged a deal that would have allowed the team to look at potential stadium sites? And how it didn't go over so well with a majority of City Council members once they realized the team was making out like a bunch of well-heeled bandits?

Well, Mayor Kriseman wants another go at a stadium deal, and this Friday he'll send Council a revised version of the agreement they rejected.

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Tired of all the nastiness in Tampa's Dist 6 race? Good.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 8:43 AM

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No matter which point on the political spectrum you occupy, if you live in Tampa's District 6 you can now collectively celebrate something really special: the fact that it will be a while before you get any more of those nasty campaign mailers that have been recently constituting half of your trash.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As campaigning in the Dist. 6 runoff goes down to the wire, we take a look beyond the squabbling

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Guido Maniscalco campaigns at the American Legion Post 237 on Florida Ave.
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Acrimony and character defamation are often the norm in political races, even the ones that in previous years focused on mundane, hyper-local issues.

Issues are overshadowed frequently by mudslinging. Voters lose.

The runoff in Tampa City Council District 6 between transportation engineer Jackie Toledo and jeweler Guido Maniscalso is no exception.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sole debate ahead of Dist. 6 runoff will be a tad one-sided

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 2:13 PM

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The excessively heated battle for a Tampa City Council seat continues to rage, but don't expect any sparks to fly at a debate set for tonight.

That's because it won't really be a debate, given that only one of the two candidates will actually be there. 

A two-way debate was scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. on the Tampa Bay Community Network and streaming on the Web; Tampa Natives Show host Mario Nuñez was supposed to moderate and the League of Women Voters was supposed to sponsor it. Chris O'Donnell from The Tampa Tribune and Rich Danielson from The Tampa Bay Times were expected to ask the bulk of the questions.

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Fast food workers protest working conditions in Tampa

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 1:44 PM

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Nearly 100 activists with the Fight for 15 movement took to the streets Wednesday afternoon. They gathered outside a Busch Boulevard McDonald's to express their opposition to the conditions employees face on the job.

The action comes in the wake of a report released on Monday by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health revealing the extent of the problem of workplace injuries, with a staggering 79 percent of fast food workers being burned in the past year, 36 percent saying their workplace lacks a stocked and accessible first aid kit and, incredibly, 33 percent saying that they've been recommended to use inappropriate treatments such as condiments in lieu of actual burn cream.

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Bad mood rising: Nasty campaigning in Tampa’s District 6 City Council runoff is a sign of the times.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 7:53 AM

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They’re supposed to be talking about potholes.

But alas, the runoff election for Tampa’s District 6 City Council seat has deteriorated into the same tit-for-tat we’re used to seeing at the state and national level. Political parties and affiliated PACS are paying for attack mailers that target voters in Seminole Heights, West Tampa and other parts of the district, all in attempts to secure one seat in a race that might not even reach double-digit turnout.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Early voting in caustic Dist. 6 runoff begins

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 3:14 PM

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  • Jacki Toledo addresses supporters on primary night, March 3.
Early voting polling sites are open for the sixteen or so people who still plan on voting in the runoff election between city council hopefuls Guido Maniscalco and Jackie Toledo.

Monday through Sunday, polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so we hope poll workers brought a book.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Driving and driven: A Tampa activist advocates for the program that helps her help others.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 7:47 AM

Like a lot of people who traverse the Howard Frankland Bridge on a daily basis, Olivia Babis can’t wait for self-driving cars to go mainstream.

She has an uncommon reason for such enthusiasm, though.

Babis, 38, was born without arms, a condition commonly referred to as a congenital amputation. Still, she drives a minivan across the bridge from where she lives in Tampa to her office just east of St. Petersburg’s Kenwood area.
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  • STRAPPING YOUNG LASS: Olivia Babis hits the road in her customized minivan.

She has worked as the top organizer for Florida Consumer Action Network, a nonprofit that advocates on social and economic justice issues, since last summer.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

More sparks fly in West Tampa/Seminole Heights runoff

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 8:02 PM

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Not wanting to debate your political opponent is usually a sign that a) you've got a comfortable lead and don't feel the need to convince people you're right on the issues, or b) you are afraid you will sound dumb when speaking unscripted in public, or c) both.

In any case, Guido Maniscalco's City Council District 6 campaign is railing against Jackie Toledo, his opponent in the March 24 runoff election, for skipping out on a chance to debate him.

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