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La Gaceta Endorses:
Governor — Charlie Crist
State Representative District 61 — Sean Shaw
County Commission District 4 — Janet Dougherty
County Commission District 7 — Mark Nash
Circuit Judge Group 8 — John Dingfelder
Circuit Judge Group 19 — Michael Scionti
County Court Judge Group 12 — Chris Nash

Look for more endorsements next Friday, August 1

What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► The hug that changed Charlie Crist’s life, that moment in 2009 in Fort Myers when he hugged President Obama, was his undoing in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate…The hug is now the top line of Charlie Crist’s Democratic résumé. (to read more, buy a paper)

► James “Big Jim” Selvey passed away Sunday, July 20, at the age of 77. Selvey was in the vanguard group of Republican elected officials who eventually took over the political landscape from the Democrats…Elected to the County Commission in 1985, Selvey always conducted himself with dignity. No hysterics, no attacks , no name calling. He was a gentleman. (to read more, buy a paper)

► Longtime La Gaceta columnist Richard Muga recently authored his first book, “The Palmetto Beach Memoirs.” (to read more, buy a paper)

► …We hear if the Florida Supremes rule the requirement constitutional, the Steinberg/Grant race would have the results from the August closed primary thrown out. Instead, the race would be rerun in November as a universal primary. (to read more, buy a paper)

► Last week, we reported that the three major Tampa parades would be held on three consecutive weekends. The last one, the Knight Parade, was scheduled for February 7…The Tampa Police Department did not like the announced dates. It did not want its police to have to work three weekends of overtime in a row. It went to Mayor Bob Buckhorn this week who then told the Krewe of Sant’ Yago the parade would be moved to Valentine’s Day. So much for looking out for Ybor City merchants… (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Greater Tampa Association of Realtors has endorsed Victor Crist for County Commission, District 2, Al Higginbotham for County Commission, District 7, Judge Chris Nash for County Judge and April Griffin for School Board.
(to read more, buy a paper)

► Gordon Chernecky will hold a fundraiser in his Seminole home for Governor Charlie Crist on Tuesday, July 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you’d like to attend, call Gordon at 727-365-9706. (to read more, buy a paper)

► The Egypt Shrine will honor Attorney General Pam Bondi with the Egypt Shrine Community Service Award…The award will be presented by Tom Vann 33°, Potentate Richard L. Spaulding, Noble Clif Curry and Noble Rick Terrana… (to read more, buy a paper)

► The National Rifle Association has named its 2014 registration drive, “Trigger the Vote.” (to read more, buy a paper)

► Former Tampa Tribune editorial writer and La Gaceta writer Andrea Brunais recently published a novel titled, “Mercedes Wore Black.”strong>…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera is proving to be just another far-right Cuban exile extremist…(to read more, buy a paper)

► The National Council on Problem Gambling honored the Seminole Tribe of Florida with its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
It’s like giving an award to a U-boat captain for saving Merchant Marines from the ship he just sunk. (to read more, buy a paper)

► Roche Surety and Casualty Co., Inc. has purchased the Los Cien office building at 4107 N. Himes Ave., in West Tampa…(to read more, buy a paper)

► …Dingfelder has proven to be honest and shown integrity as an elected official. He is also thoughtful and compassionate, two traits we like on the bench…Out of the three, we have known John Dingfelder for years and feel most comfortable in knowing how he would perform on the bench. It is with this knowledge that we endorse John Dingfelder for Circuit Judge, Group 8. (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► Damage control has been officially invoked by Florida State University in its embarrassing, faux-search for a new president. Too many people who care were not going to stand by and let politically powerful state Sen. John Thrasher get the job by competition-free acclamation.
So a FSU search committee – with a new search consultant – has restarted the process and set a goal of recommending a president by late September.
“Our objective is to have more than one finalist,” said Presidential Search Advisory Committee Chairman Ed Burr. “In fact, I’m pleased to announce that we have already reached that goal, as both Burt Reynolds and Bobby Bowden have agreed to apply. We’re still waiting to hear from Deion Sanders and Charles Koch.” (to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► I’ve always thought that if I were to permanently ink my body, it would have to mean something to me, like the birth of a child or surviving some great battle. I never had anything against someone having a silly tattoo or a person’s name or, Heaven forbid, a sports team. People can do whatever they wish with their own bodies. For me, however, I needed it to mean something more. (to read more, buy a paper)

In this week’s Silhouettes, by Tiffany Razzano, an interview with Omar Khan:

► Khan added, “I jokingly say Florida taught me well. Once you do Florida, you can campaign anywhere. … Everybody wants experience in Florida. Ohio gets a lot of attention because it’s first in the cycle, but Florida is always a game changer and it’s transient by nature.” (to read more, buy a paper)

From A Libro Abierto, por Manuela Ball-Camurdan

► La organización Tampa Hispanic Heritage de Tampa (THHI, por sus siglas en inglés) respaldó nuevamente las expresiones literarias de la juventud de nuestra comunidad a lo largo del 27o Concurso de Ensayo, realizado el 24 de mayo, en el restaurante Columbia de la ciudad de Ybor. (to read more, buy a paper)

► La ¬representante estatal Janet Cruz invita a la comunidad a asistir a la feria laboral ¬anual, a realizarse el 23 de julio, de 10:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m., en el Higgins Hall, ubicado en el 5225 N. Himes Ave, Tampa, FL, 33614. Entrada libre. (to read more, buy a paper)

► Un reciente estudio reveló que uno de cada cuatro estadounidenses no tiene capacidad de ahorro para asegurar sus ingresos de jubilación. (to read more, buy a paper)

► No obstante, se vaticina que sin participación en el tema migratorio el partido republicado no contará con el apoyo de los votantes de origen hispano y asiático que conjuntamente conducirán al éxito del partido demócrata en las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre. (to read more, buy a paper)

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