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...]

Teen isn’t defined by rare disease

Remington Walls is just like any other 17-year-old. Except that he can’t eat food. Walls, a junior at Land O’ Lakes High School, suffers from a rare disease called Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). Essentially, all food deteriorates his esophagus — and there is no cure. His only source of nutrition comes via a hypoallergenic amino acid-based liquid formula, called Neocate EO28 … [Read more...]

Crowd gives Bilirakis an earful

A crowd — that sometimes became raucous — turned out to a listening session held by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis on the issue of health care reform. Bilirakis billed the session as an opportunity to receive feedback and ideas from constituents on the future direction of the nation’s health care system, including the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. People filled every seat … [Read more...]

Local residents attend Donald J. Trump’s inauguration

When kindergarten teacher Kimberly Eberhard began her winter break, she never expected she’d have a front seat to history. But, there she was on Jan. 20, watching the nation’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump, taking the oath of office. “It was silent,” the Wesley Chapel woman said, as everyone watched Trump recite the oath. Then, a rousing round of applause and cheering broke out, … [Read more...]

As Florida goes, so goes the nation…again!

This was an election like no other. Once again, the Sunshine State was at the epicenter of it all. For months on end, Florida was the center of attention in the national and international media, with its 29 Electoral College votes up for grabs — the largest number of any swing state. The candidates visited here over and over. During the last 100 days of the campaign, Trump visited … [Read more...]

Election results defy pollsters and pundits

Donald J. Trump is next president Pasco County voters joined the nation in selecting Donald J. Trump as the United States’ next president in the 2016 general election, while a majority of Hillsborough County voters selected Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had sought to become America’s first female president. Scores of voters took advantage of early voting, but hordes turned out on Nov. 8, … [Read more...]

Primary elections over, now onto November

Fewer than one-fifth of the registered voters in Hillsborough and Pasco counties decided the outcome of the primary elections on Aug. 30. Some of the more notable races had Pat Frank defeating Kevin Beckner for the Democratic primary for Clerk of the Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, and Gary Joiner defeating Ted Schrader in the race for property appraiser in Pasco County. In other … [Read more...]

Florida could decide 2016 presidential election

Predictions as to which Republican candidate will come away with the prize of the national party’s presidential nomination is an impossible task this early in the race. But there is no doubt that Florida will be a pivotal state in a hard-fought 2016 election, according to Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist. “There’s not another state in the country that will be … [Read more...]

Congresswoman plans forum to discuss new Cuba relations

Of all the states directly affected by the change in diplomatic policy with Cuba, none are likely affected more than Florida. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is planning a community forum in early 2015 that she hopes will help community leaders and residents learn more about what those changes mean as President Obama begins to "normalize" relations with Cuba. "We will engage the entire … [Read more...]

Clinton finds serious Florida challenge from Jeb

If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Floridians would be ready to give the Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That is, unless Jeb Bush decides to run. A new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute said that if both Clinton and the former governor end up representing their respective parties in the presidential race, … [Read more...]