Will Hernando County Visit Give Fiorina the Boost She Needs?

Photography by Gage Skidmore

Carly Fiorina at Republican Women's Biennial Convention in Phoenix, Arizona by Gage Skidmore

SPRING HILL - Hernando County is not in Iowa, but we are getting some attention from a Republican Presidential Candidate. Carly Fiorina, who has surged in the polls following strong performances at the first two Republican Presidential Debates will be the keynote speaker at the Hernando County Republican’s Annual Reagan Day Dinner, Wednesday October 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets sold for $99 dollars and included a buffet dinner. The event will take place at Palace Grand.

Time Crunch for the Half Cent Sales Tax Special Election


At the May 5th School Board Workshop, school board members debated what type of election to run for the half cent sales tax referendum. Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson stated that she could do a special election in early September 2015 but it is not feasible for her to do a special election any later since she has to prepare new voting machines for the 2016 primary elections and it takes at least 6 months to train poll workers after they acquire the machines.

New Chairman and Vice Chair for Hernando’s Democratic Executive Committee

Hernando Sun Staff

Steve Zeledon recently stepped down as acting Chairman of the Hernando DEC. Taking his place through special election is Jimmy Lodato, retired businessman and entrepreneur. Mr. Lodato will complete Mr. Zeledon’s term which ends in December 2016 with the regular election. Additionally, Bernadette Yee was elected Vice Chairman. She has served on the DEC as Secretary as well as other capacities for many years.

Your State Rep (35th District) Now Head of Florida GOP


by Julie Maglio

Blaise Ingoglia was elected by committee members to head the Florida GOP despite Governor Scott’s support of Leslie Dougher who had previously held that position. Ingoglia recently defeated Rose Rocco in the 35th District State Representative race in November of 2014. He has previously served as Vice Chairman of the Florida GOP and Chairman of the Hernando GOP. Back in 2007, he jumped into the political ring with his “Government Gone Wild” Seminars which targeted Hernando County Government and later the State of Florida.

Hernando Clerk of Court Don Barbee on the Forefront of Same Sex Marriage


by Julie Maglio

Following an order clarification by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle, Hernando Clerk Don Barbee personally officiated three same sex marriage ceremonies on January 8 2015. In his order clarification, Judge Hinkle stated that it would be unconstitutional for clerks to follow Florida's Constitutional Amendment banning same sex marriages.

Before Judge Hinkle's clarification, Barbee explained that it would be unlikely his previous boss, State Attorney Brad King, would prosecute him for issuing licenses. "But as long as that law exists, I don't feel comfortable" he added.