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From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► Hillsborough County Tax Collector Doug Belden raised $122,000 in his first reporting period. That’s a strong showing. His contributors include a lot of prominent Democrats even though he is Republican. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank is filing for reelection. It’s on.
Democrats will have a hot primary to deal with. Two-term Countywide Commissioner Kevin Beckner vs. Grande Dame of Hillsborough County Democrats Pat Frank. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► We hear Miriam Velez is considering a run for judge. Ms. Velez is with Valkenburg & Velez. She’s been a strong supporter of the Hispanic Bar and served as president. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► We planned to go to the Hillary Clinton for President fundraiser on Monday. One of Clinton’s top local supporters invited us.
We got a call from the campaign staff early Monday asking what our contribution would be. We responded that we were guests and would not be contributing at this time. Later, we were called by the campaign’s chief fundraiser in Florida and were uninvited.
First, was their no-press rule. We informed the staffer that we weren’t coming as a reporter but as a publisher and could take the newspaper hat off as we had done a thousand times before at no-press events.
Second, the staffer said the New York headquarters made it clear that if we did not donate at least $25, we would not get in. After giving the guy a piece of my mind regarding him and New York, I hung up.
After the event, we found that many attendees didn’t pay and at least one member of the press got in free and was interviewing people in the room.
In the campaign’s first official conversation with us, it lied twice and it wasn’t even by a secret email account. Maybe there is something to this Benghazi thing.
What really stung was the inflexibility of Florida staff to deal with a minority newspaper publisher, who was probably their best friend and a confirmed Yellow Dog Democrat, yet the non-minority media was allowed free access.
Both of Obama’s campaigns were notorious for this kind of inflexibility and penny-ante greed. They would nail an 85-year-old lifelong Democrat for $10 to get a yard sign. We got calls of them turning away supporters because they didn’t have cash in hand.
This kind of campaign really hurts the local Democratic Party structure. People quickly find that no local Democrats have any pull with the campaign and all shots are called by the latest 21-year-old who was sent down from Chicago (Obama’s HQ). This means the local party’s friends and supporters are completely disenfranchised.
After the campaign pulls out, all that is left is a void. It’s one of the reasons the success of the Obama campaign failed to transfer to Democrats in off-presidential elections.
It looks like the Clinton campaign adopted the Obama model and New York will run every detail, even when it involves a $25 ticket to a fundraiser.
Now that we’ve been shunned by the Hillary sycophants, we await our first Bernie Sanders sighting. Maybe he’ll be nicer to a Hispanic newspaper.
We could also join the recent Joe Biden movement. We know Joe wouldn’t let $25 stand between us.
By the way, the Clinton campaign took in $45 million in its first reporting period – the most ever for a primary candidate.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Beth Leytham became very defensive at a recent Go Hillsborough presentation in front of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Governor Rick Scott’s veto of $461 million in spending on local projects and programs drew the ire of Republican senators who supported him last year in his reelection bid. Their anger is justified. … Scott, who started out five years ago as the anti-politician politician, has turned into the biggest political whore in Tallahassee.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Allison DeFoor’s path through his life followed an odd route. He started in the most unholy of professions – politics – and now has switched to the other side. … He has now been asked by Bishop Howard to serve as Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Florida. He will provide counsel to the Bishop in his effort to guide the Episcopal Church in Florida.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … I still don’t know what I was thinking, if anything, but it was very dark and I couldn’t see well. Because I’m an idiot, I used a sparkler to light my way to my dad’s truck. Upon getting there, I noticed that some of the sparks fell into the box and something started smoking. All of a sudden, a tremendous light and sound emerged from the box. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► No, there will not be a Lincoln Chafee presidency.
The Democratic-presidential-nomination chances of Chafee, former Republican senator and independent governor of Rhode Island, are beyond long. He’d be a formidable underdog to Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and probably Lyndon LaRouche.
But here’s hoping something he is saying will still impact the all-but-inevitable nomination of Hillary Clinton. No, not leaving Myanmar and Liberia as the only two non-metric-system nations left in the world, but rethinking the U.S. role in the world. He doesn’t have to go overseas for photo ops to underscore the priority that is foreign policy and America’s inherent challenge. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► El domingo, 7 de junio, el “Club Martí-Maceo” de Tampa, desarrolló una emotiva velada en su sitial histórico, en la famosa Séptima Avenida de Ybor City, donde se conserva viva la memoria de más de cien años de la ciudad. Esta vez, la directiva de la centenaria organización centró la actividad en saludar las perspectivas que se abren con el proceso de mejoramiento de las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba.
Es justo que un lugar como ese haya sido elegido para el acto, porque la organización lleva el nombre de dos grandes hombres que dieron su vida por la independencia de Cuba. Uno de ellos, José Martí, pronunció el mejor discurso fundacional de la nación cubana, apenas a dos cuadras de este sitio sagrado. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► “Menopausia. El musical”, obra de Jeanie C. Linders, se presentó con gran éxito en la Sala Fergunson del Straz Center de Tampa la semana pasada. El estreno en una sala de sólo 76 butacas en Orlando, en marzo de 2001, no sospechaba su devenir triunfal en cientos de ciudades alrededor del mundo. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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