Thursday, August 30, 2012
Small business has been a major theme both inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week.
Small business has been a major theme both inside and outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum this week. With events tied to the 2012 Republican National Convention taking place in all parts of the Tampa Bay area, many local business owners prepared to have the biggest money making week of their year. At the beginning of the convention, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the 2012 Tampa Host Committee projected a $150 – 175 million boost to Tampa’s economy because of the 2012 RNC. "The way the City (of Tampa) and the Downtown Partnership put it out, we'd have 50,000 visitors and we'd be swamped," said Marc Zolkowski earlier this week. Zolkowski is the co-owner of the Metro Lounge and Restaurant in downtown Tampa. His neighboring business owner, …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Here is your Republican primary and Clearwater elections checklist before heading out to vote. Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election Day Checklist Florida is a closed primary state, which means only registered Republicans can vote today. All Clearwater voters also will choose their next mayor and make changes to the city charter including adding time that councilmembers can serve on the city council and extending the time between making changes to the charter. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. What to bring: Valid Identification: Ex: Florida Driver's License, Florida ID Card, United States Passport, ect. For a complete list of forms of acceptable identification view this section of the Pinellas County Supervision of Elections office website. What to expect: The Pinellas County Supervision of Elections office has put together a step by step video for …
Monday, January 30, 2012
According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office, more than 52,000 GOP primary mail-in ballots were received.
The polls will not officially open for the Florida GOP presidential primary until 7 a.m. Tuesday, but thousands already cast their votes. According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, more than 52,000 mail-in ballots were returned to the elections office. Early voting, which ended on Jan. 28, had 1,972 votes. These were Republican voters who went to the polling sites in Pinellas County early to cast their votes. More than 11,200 people have sent in mail ballots or cast early votes in Clearwater. Already, 6,017 mail ballots were returned for the primary and an additional 4,807 votes were returned for the city election. There were 390 early voters. Nancy Whitlock, elections administrator for the Supervisor of Elections Office, …
Here's what to know if you go — and even if you don't.
The GOP buzz is officially underway. Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney swings through Pioneer Park on Monday afternoon (Jan. 30). City officials and businesses are preparing for a large crowd of about 600 people, and issued two major road closures in the downtown area. Romney's campaign staff rented the park for his last rally in Florida before republicans across the state head to the GOP primary polls Tuesday. So far, polls have the former governor of Massachusetts ahead of the other candidates: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Here's what's to know if you go — or even if you don't: TIME: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., according Romney's campaign website. Romney's campaign bus arrives at 2:25 p.m. Presentation is 20 minutes…
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The GOP presidential candidate and former House Speaker will attend a 1 p.m. grassroots rally at Tampa Jet Center.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will attend a rally in Tampa on Monday afternoon, his campaign announced. Gingrich will be at Tampa Jet Center, 4751 Jim Walter Blvd., from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday for a grassroots rally hosted by the Hillsborough County Republican Party. Also scheduled to attend are former GOP candidate Herman Cain and Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan and a former radio host. Gingrich and two of his fellow Republican candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, have been campaigning around Tampa Bay and across Florida in advance of Tuesday's Presidential Preference Primary. Romney is slated for a stop in Dunedin on Monday afternoon. Santorum canceled a visit to Sarasota on Sunday to be with his ailing …
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is asking merchants to be prepared for large crowds on Monday, after a heads up from city officials that a Republican presidential primary candidate is planning a campaign stop in Dunedin.
The GOP presidential primary buzz may be hitting close to home on Monday. Dunedin Chamber of Commerce members received an email late Friday from its president that a Republican primary candidate may be planning a campaign stop in Pioneer Park on Monday afternoon. Mitt Romney's campaign rented the space for a possible public appearance Monday (Jan. 30) at 2 p.m., according to an email blast from Lynn Wargo, chamber president, to members. Wargo wrote that she passed the information along to merchants at the behest of City Manager Rob DiSpirito, who wanted downtown merchants to be prepared for large crowds that day. "Expect a lot of people in the downtown area," Wargo wrote. Romney's official website did not list Dunedin among his planned …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
"It seems as though Tampa is full of conservative radio shows, and I want to be around people with my thinking — progressive thinkers," said Angela Sosik of South Tampa.
As President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union address tonight, a small group of Tampa Bay area residents gathered in a South Tampa home to tune in together. The watch party is just one of an estimated 2,500-plus gatherings going on all over the country this evening. As the address began, the moods at this watch party were lively. Laughter rang out as national media cameras focused in on Republicans who appeared disgruntled. Still, attendees at the party have some serious issues on their minds. For one South Tampa resident, the watch party is providing a place for her to get together with like-minded people to hear the President's address. "It seems as though Tampa is full of conservative radio shows and I want to be around people…
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that if he wins the Florida Republican Primary, he believes he will be the party's nominee.
Just a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich hovered in the middle of a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. He finished fourth in Iowa and fourth in New Hampshire. Then came South Carolina. A new state and a bad debate by then frontrunner Mitt Romney gave Gingrich's campaign new life. Today, the former Speaker of the House was in St. Petersburg at the Tick Tock Restaurant on 4th Street North for a quick campaign stop. Gingrich hoped to capitilize on the momentum of his surprise win in South Carolina. For Floridians, Gingrich is comparing the race between himself and Romney to the race for the U.S. Senate seat between former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. "I thought it was very ironic last night, as …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Small groups of pro and anti-Republicans are breaking into song on the University of South Florida campus.
As the candidates duke it out in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate, people who have gathered outside are breaking into chants. The songs being sung, however, have very different tunes. "All night, all day, Occupy Tampa Bay," sang one small group of Occupy Tampa supporters that gathered near the viewing tent. Meanwhile, Ron Paul supporters are marching to the beat of a very different drum. "Bring us back our constitution. Ron Paul revolution," is the song Paul's fans are currently singing on the University of South Florida campus. Which tune, if any, do you agree with?
If the election were today, which candidate would you pick?
As all eyes turn to the Tampa Bay area for tonight’s Republican Presidential Candidates Debate at the University of South Florida, we want to know which candidate you favor. If the presidential election were today, would you vote for President Obama? Would you cast your vote for one of the Republican hopefuls? Let us know by taking our poll or sharing your thoughts in the comments section. Don’t forget to stay with Patch for live coverage of tonight’s debate.