Bill Rufty

Bill RuftyNovember 6, 2018

Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel of Lakeland held off a strong state Democratic Party effort to flip her Florida Senate District 22 blue by defeating retired circuit judge Robert Doyel, a Winter Haven Democrat. The district had become an unexpected highly competitive race. The final results were Stargel with 105,475 votes or 53 percent of ballots […]

Bill RuftyNovember 3, 2018

Democratic members of Congress and a national women’s political group began a heavy push toward Election Day for Lakeland attorney Kristen Carlson in her campaign for Florida’s 15th Congressional District. U.S. Reps. Val Demings, and Darren Soto and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez a Democrat from New York and the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected […]

Bill RuftyOctober 24, 2018

Dennis Ross, the Republican congressman from the 15th Congressional District, joined Southeastern University President Kent Ingle to announce the retiring congressman’s new job during a Wednesday news conference. The Lakeland Republican is becoming part of a major center for the teaching of government and civics both for students and the general public. Upon his departure from the U.S. House […]

Bill RuftyOctober 2, 2018

Lakeland Democrat Kristen Carlson’s campaign released a quarter million dollar campaign ad Tuesday in her race for Florida’s 15th Congressional District. The massive ad buy is her first major ad campaign since winning the party’s nomination in a three-way race in the August 28 primary. It will run over the major television network stations and cable […]

Bill RuftySeptember 20, 2018

Lake Wales Democrat Catherine Price and state Rep. Ben Albritton held the closest thing to a Senate District 28 debate Wednesday before the Tiger Bay Club of Polk County. While they tried to play nice, it wound up becoming a political junkie’s dream. The seat, currently held by Republican Sen. Denise Grimsley, a Republican, will […]

Bill RuftyAugust 23, 2018

The campaign of Kristen Carlson, a Lakeland Democrat running for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, is accusing primary opponent Andrew Learned of Valrico of negative campaigning. Learned’s campaign claims Carlson‘s money is coming from outside the district, making her beholden to corporate campaign contributors. A political scientist from Florida Southern College in Lakeland said the damage of a […]


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