Commissioners make connections at White House

Pasco County commissioners Kathryn Starkey and Jack Mariano attended a special White House conference to promote communications between the state’s county commissions and federal agencies. The Florida County Commissioners’ White House Conference met on July 27, and included about 120 county commissioners and staff from all over the state. It was the second in what is planned as a series of … [Read more...]

Park expansion signifies big day for Land O’ Lakes

Passersby on U.S. 41 likely didn’t notice the event taking place under a covered pavilion at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park on Aug. 14. After all, there were no marching bands or fireworks. But the ribbon cutting for the Land O’ Lakes Community Park project marked a big day in the community’s history. The $2.3 million park improvement project includes the installation of a Bermuda … [Read more...]

Democrat first to try eliminating nuclear cost recovery this session

A Tallahassee lawmaker is taking on one major campaign issue from the state's mid-term elections right away, proposing a bill that would eliminate the ability of utility companies like Duke Energy Corp. to collect money for its failed nuclear plant projects. State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, filed H.B. 4001 last Friday. If passed, it would repeal the nuclear cost recovery … [Read more...]

Incumbents keeping seats on Hillsborough commission

Charlie Crist may not have been a winner in Florida, but another unrelated Crist will stay in elected office in Hillsborough County as Victor Crist won re-election to the county commission. Crist defeated Democrat Elizabeth Belcher 56 percent to 44 percent to get another four years in Hillsborough. However, the race was a lot closer for Crist's colleague, Al Higginbotham, who defeated Democrat … [Read more...]

Burgess heads to Tallahassee, Moore wins commission race

Mike Moore raised a lot of money in his quest to become a member of the Pasco County Commission, but even he knew with Pasco's history of upsets in commission races, there never was a guarantee. Yet, Moore's fundraising and campaign both paid off, as he won the last open seat on the commission, and will keep retiring Pat Mulieri's seat in Republican hands. With 97 percent of precincts … [Read more...]

Election 2014: What voters are saying

Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley is considering the mid-term election a success, as more than 150,000 voters made their way to the polls locally, and exceeded the dismal 47 percent turnout the county had in 2010. As election workers get ready to tabulate votes, people are still going to the polls — they are open until 7 p.m. Here are some of the things those voters are saying as … [Read more...]

Election Day is here! And so is everything you need to know

Today is Election Day where Florida will elect a governor, an attorney general, a chief financial officer and an agriculture commissioner among others. Locally, however, voters will have to decide on representatives in Tallahassee, as well as who will represent their interests on the county commission. In last week's print edition of The Laker/Lutz News, we offered an election primer, which you … [Read more...]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he's seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there's still two full days of early voting left. "We're on pace to beat 2010, and we're doing that with less than a 10-minute wait" at early voting locations around the county, said Corley, Pasco's … [Read more...]

Ready to vote? Here’s an election primer to help

The mute button for many television viewers has never been used more through the barrage of political ads for everything from the governor’s race, to even Pasco County Commission. But as early voting continues through this weekend, and on Election Day itself Nov. 4, all of that is about to come to an end. The governor’s race remains too close to call, while more local races like the … [Read more...]

Crist has slim lead in Saint Leo poll

With a less than two weeks until voters have to make a final decision on who they should send to (or keep in) Tallahassee, a new poll from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows Democrat Charlie Crist with a slight lead over incumbent Republican Rick Scott. However, the survey — which polled 500 likely voters between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19 — has a margin error of plus or minus 4.5 … [Read more...]