Will election be ‘one for the ages?’

When he looks ahead to the 2020 Presidential Election, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley predicts, “that’s going to be one for the ages.” For one thing, there are already attorneys being lined up in Florida, on both sides of the aisle, for next year, Corley said, during a luncheon meeting last week of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, at  St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in … [Read more...]

Turnout might break record in August primary

Midterm elections typically get a low voter turnout. But, there are signs of energized voters for the 2018 primary set for Aug. 28 and the general election on Nov. 6. New voter registrations are up somewhat, said Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley. A bigger indicator of voter interest is the more than 62,000 ballots mailed to local residents and military personnel, … [Read more...]

Campaign 2016: Something to talk about

Everyone knows the old saying, the one designed to keep peace among restless kinfolk: Never discuss religion or politics. Sandy Graves knows it, too, and spurns it at every turn. “If it weren’t for religion and politics,” she says breezily, “I wouldn’t have anything to talk about.” This, as anyone who knows the first lady of Land O’ Lakes, is not entirely true. She can do hours on the history … [Read more...]

Election Day brings out voter passions

The line of voters stretched down the sidewalk at The Groves in Land O’ Lakes, as people waited patiently for the doors to open at 7 a.m. Even after voting began, the line continued to swell. Long lines also formed at Lexington Oaks, off Wesley Chapel Boulevard. By 9 a.m., the line in Lexington Oaks was gone, replaced by a late morning trickle of people coming and going. Wesley Chapel … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton makes a stop in Dade City

Florida, it seems, is always in play as a must-win state in any presidential election. So, it wasn’t surprising during the last week of the 2016 election to see a frenzy of political activity. Visits from Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton and a roster of surrogates from both campaigns took center stage all across the state, including Clinton’s Nov. 1 stop in Dade City. Clinton drew several … [Read more...]

Historic election comes to a close

Votes will be counted on Nov. 8 to determine which candidate will be the next president of the Unites States – Donald J. Trump or Hillary Clinton. But, voters also will choose candidates running for state and local office in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Absentee and early voting ballots already are being stockpiled in election offices. On election day, both counties will offer free bus … [Read more...]

Mock election: A welcome alternate reality

Perhaps the most revealing development in this year’s unique — to say no more — choice of presidential candidates is this: Even as we rumble toward the election’s Nov. 8 resolution, everyone from paid pundits to your next-door neighbor keeps replaying the events that brought us to this sad pass, and wondering how, out of 300-odd million American citizens, the finalists are an undisciplined, … [Read more...]

Florida at the DNC: Witness to History

Last week, the Democrats held their 2016 national convention in Philadelphia — the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection — and formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Tim Kaine for vice president. The Democratic National Convention followed the Republican National Convention, held the week before in Cleveland. Traditionally, the party that occupies the White House … [Read more...]

A focus on Florida at the 2016 RNC in Cleveland

By now, the Republican National Convention is “old news” — but to the 99 Florida delegates and their alternates—it will never be forgotten. To them, the convention was serious business, but a lot of fun, too. Here is a brief snapshot of their four days together. Leaving Tampa: Goals On the plane headed up to Cleveland, I asked some of the Tampa area delegates what they hoped would happen at … [Read more...]

Apparently, we think Pasco is on the right track

With November’s quadrennial Election Day looming ever larger on our calendars, the importance of what Americans tell pollsters about the condition of the country swells almost by the moment. Indeed, it scarcely matters just now, in the middle of July 2016, whether you’re with Hillary or you’re aboard the Trump train, or even if you’re checking out the shrewd looniness of Libertarian Gary … [Read more...]