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La Gaceta Endorses:

November 4 General Election

  • Congress District 15
    Alan Cohn
  • Congress District 17
    Will Bronson
  • Governor/Lt. Governor
    Charlie Crist/Annette Taddeo
  • Attorney General
    George Sheldon
  • Chief Financial Officer
    No Endorsement
  • Commissioner of Agriculture
    Thaddeus “Thad” Hamilton
  • State Senate District 22
    Judithanne McLauchlan
  • State Senate District 24
    Tom Lee
  • State Rep. District 61
    Edwin “Ed” Narain
  • State Rep. District 63
    Mark Danish
  • State Rep. District 64
    Miriam Steinberg
  • State Rep. District 70
    Darryl Rouson
  • Hills. County Commission Dst. 2
    Victor Crist and Elizabeth Belcher
  • Hills. County Commission Dst. 4
    Write in any of the Three Stooges
  • Hills. County Commission Dst. 7
    Al Higginbotham and
    Patricia “Pat” Kemp
  • District Court of Appeal
    Judge Chris W. Altenbernd – YES
    Judge Morris Silberman – YES
    Judge Daniel Sleet – YES
  • Circuit Judge Group 8
    Barbara Twine Thomas
  • Circuit Judge Group 34
    Robert Bauman
  • School Board District 2
    Michelle Popp Shimberg
  • School Board District 4
    Melissa Snively
  • School Board District 6
    April Griffin
  • Constitutional Amendment 1
    Land and Water Conservation-YES
  • Constitutional Amendment 2
    Use of Marijuana for Medical Conditions-YES
  • Constitutional Amendment 3
    Prospective Appointment of
    Judicial Vacancies-NO
  • Pinellas County Referendum
    Greenlight Pinellas-YES
Check back next week for more endorsements.

What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► The election campaign to re-authorize the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in 2016 has already begun. Friends of the Children’s Board, Inc., a 501(c)(4), was formed to campaign for voters to vote YES on a referendum on the November 2016 ballot…The group has hired Mercury Florida to help run the campaign. Mercury’s partners, Ana Cruz and Ashley Walker, will be the lead political consultants…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Cruise season is upon us and for the first time, Tampa is the home port of seven cruise ships…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Over the years, it was hoped that the area would go up. Instead, it went down. The new intersection of 50th and I-4 could change the area’s fortunes, again.
We met with Sanjay Patel, who recently spent $3.2 million in improving the Quality Inn just north of the intersection. He also owns the Rodeway just to the north of Quality Inn, which was the La Quinta. He wants to invest more, perhaps even adding an extended-stay hotel but he needs a little help…More street lighting, enhanced police patrols and adjustments to traffic flows were at the top of the list.
…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Judge Rex Barbas opened an art gallery, Gallery Barbas, with his wife, Donna. Both are painters and the gallery…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Governor Charlie Crist will hold his election night celebration at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg.
(to read more, buy a paper)

► We have been criticizing Republicans who are falsely alarming Americans to the threat of ISIS crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. In our last article on the subject, we ruminated that ISIS infiltration from Canada is far more likely than from Mexico, but those Republicans want to associate the word terrorist with undocumented Hispanics.
Well, it’s apparent after the events of this week that an ISIS threat is more likely from Canada or to be home grown than a U.S.-Mexico border issue…(to read more, buy a paper)

► …Rick Scott is trying awfully hard to be one of the regular people by continuously talking about how he came from a poor background.
What we find with people who came from or think they came from a tough upbringing, such as being mired in poverty or victims of abuse, is that they tend to view people with a similar background with either compassion or contempt. Scott seems to feel contempt for those who come from the same socioeconomic background as he but failed to become rich…(to read more, buy a paper)

► …In the non-partisan School Board District 4 race, the only two candidates are Republicans Melissa Snively and Terry Kemple. The Republican Party can’t lose, right?
Wrong. The GOP found a way to lose…On Tuesday, a vote was held to endorse Terry Kemple. The meeting smelled of a setup as the Party swore in anywhere from 30 to 50 new voting members. No actual vote totals were announced, only that Terry Kemple had won the Party’s endorsement. Adding to the setup suspicions was the revelation that 159 ballots were returned but only 157 were handed out…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Ybor City lost one of its pillars of the business community when Danilo Fernandez, Sr., 76, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 14…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Congratulations to Bert McBride, who was recently brought aboard the law firm of Trenam Kemker as an associate in its Commercial Litigation Group…(to read more, buy a paper)

► School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia has gone all-in to defeat one of her bosses, April Griffin. We hear she put pressure on some of the unions to take up support of Dipa Shah. She lobbied everyone in town to endorse Shah and has been influencing employees, present and past to vote for her.
She is so blatant in her support that she has put a Dipa Shah yard sign in front of her house. We are concerned that Elia is working this hard to influence who will be her boss.(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► …There are so many lists these days, many of them under-researched and self-promoting, that they’re hardly worth noting. Having said that, I’d rather see Tampa on Travel + Leisure magazine’s short list of America’s “snobbiest” cities (along with the uppity likes of New York, Boston and San Francisco) than see Tampa Bay come in next to last in the Census Bureau’s list of the 25 largest metro areas for the percent of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► …My conclusion is what motivated my next step in this book-writing process. Memoirs have been written by writers less famous than I am. But in order to stand out, my memoir would have to be a Hemingway-esque tour de force. This is important because I would be in it for the money. Too often, we hear athletes and the like regurgitate clichés about how they do their jobs for the love of the game or to help people or whatever B.S. will stick. Not me. I want to get paid…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► Gualterio García, uno de los líderes del independentismo cubano en Tampa, le escribió a Gonzalo de Quesada: “Sabrás que tenemos en ésta a la ma¬dre de nuestro querido Martí. Vive en West Tampa cerca de Fernando. La pobre está ciega, pero está rodeada del cariño que como madre de él se me¬rece”.
El tiempo que vivió la madre de Martí en West Tampa, co¬rresponde a los meses finales de la Guerra de Independencia en Cuba, a la intervención de las tropas norteamericanas en el proceso que concluyó con el Protocolo de Paz firmado en agosto de 1898 y a la termina¬ción de la dominación española en Cuba.
(to read more, buy a paper)

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