The Latest from Representative Murphy
Businesses along the U.S. 19 corridor in Pasco County do $5.6 billion in annual sales. That's billion with a B.
Now, ask some of those U.S. 19 business owners what is the most successful enterprise along the highway and don't be surprised if they suggest an unlikely answer:It's a dollar figure county planners use to emphasize the importance of the western edge of Pasco as an economic engine and why the area is worthy of substantial redevelopment.
NEW PORT RICHEY — People often say they must see something to believe it.
But for people taking the blindfold challenge during White Cane Awareness Day, they had to hear it to believe it.
The disorienting experience is an eye-opener, so to speak, many participants agreed. Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind puts on the annual event.
PORT RICHEY — Anyone who paid attention to last year’s state House District 36 special election might have expected a repeat of Pasco’s most expensive — and perhaps nastiest — campaign.
But the race between Democrat Amanda Murphy and Republican challenger Chris Gregg has been quite the opposite. No mudslinging. No name calling. No attack ads.
[Amanda] already has demonstrated her effectiveness working with Republicans in securing money to address poor drainage in a Pasco neighborhood and in passing legislation that allows several homes and lots in Lake Jovita to de-annex from the town of St. Leo.
She is fighting to help victims of human trafficking and penalize their abusers, and she is a vocal leader in the push to repeal the nuclear cost recovery fee that has allowed Duke Energy to take advantage of customers. Murphy also sponsored sensible legislation to expand Medicaid, a move that House Republicans rejected.
Murphy, who has lived in Pasco for nearly 12 years and more than 30 years in the region, supports restoring Florida’s natural springs, as well as Amendment 1, an unprecedented measure that would protect Florida’s environment and drinking water sources. If re-elected, she would tackle Florida’s residential eviction laws that squatters have taken unfair advantage of.
In just a year, Murphy, who is smart, pleasant and approachable, has shown she is a highly capable state representative. She clearly deserves a full term. For state House District 36, the Tampa Tribune recommends Amanda Murphy.
New Port Richey Democrat Amanda Murphy has demonstrated her ability to work in a bipartisan manner since winning a 2013 special election to fill the west Pasco seat formerly held by Republican Mike Fasano.