Category: Tampa Bay
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Jim RosicaOctober 1, 2016

La Gaceta, Tampa’s trilingual weekly newspaper, has endorsed incumbent Shawn Harrison in the state House District 63 race. Harrison, a one-term Republican, faces Democrat Lisa Montelione in the November general election. The area, which includes New Tampa, has been a swing district. An editorial in the newspaper — publishing articles in English, Spanish and Italian — said that “normally, […]

Anne LindbergSeptember 30, 2016

A one-issue forum about mental health and substance abuse Thursday evoked some of the most private information from candidates seeking election to the Florida House of Representatives. Jennifer Webb talked about arriving at an intervention for her “baby sister” too late to do anything other than watch her shoot herself. It was through that experience, Webb […]

Mitch PerrySeptember 29, 2016

An official with Uber said Thursday the San Francisco-based ridesharing company has come to an agreement regarding background checks and other new rules proposed by outgoing Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Chair Victor Crist to have them finally operate legally in the county. Whether they will be approved by the rest of the PTC remains uncertain […]

Phil AmmannSeptember 29, 2016

National Democrats are boosting former Gov. Charlie Crist with another $462,000 of TV advertising in the race against incumbent Republican David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. The extra cash — coming from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — could result in a “lopsided air war in the Tampa Bay area,” writes Marc Caputo of POLITICO Florida, […]

Mitch PerrySeptember 28, 2016

Although the state and local Democratic parties aren’t putting too much effort into it, Largo schoolteacher Loretta Grizzle does truly believe she has a shot at knocking off Seminole Republican incumbent Larry Ahern in the Florida House District 66 race this November. The district encompasses parts of Largo, Clearwater, Seminole, and the north Gulf Beaches and her campaign says […]

Anne LindbergSeptember 28, 2016

The Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas has endorsed four Republicans running for re-election to the state House of Representatives. Reps. Chris Latvala, House District 67, and Larry Ahern, HD 66, received contribution checks from Farm Bureau-Pinellas board members Leslie Waters and Fred Petty during the group’s annual dinner earlier this month. Waters is mayor of Seminole and […]

Mitch PerrySeptember 27, 2016

A new ad produced by the House Majority PAC features several Pinellas County women describing Congressman David Jolly as “dangerous,” “backwards,” and “out of touch” when it comes to a woman’s right to choose. But the Jolly camp responded by finding a 10-year-old newspaper story where Charlie Crist is quoted as saying that he would support a harsh anti-abortion […]

Mitch PerrySeptember 27, 2016

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark’s push to register new voters at nine Chick-Fil-A restaurants located throughout Pinellas is not sitting well with the Pinellas County Stonewall Democrats, who say the decision is highly partisan and is “completely disrespectful” to the LGBT community. Susan McGrath,  the head of the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County, blasted Clark’s decision to […]

Mitch PerrySeptember 27, 2016

Pinellas County House District 68 hopeful Ben Diamond is going up with his first television ad of the general election campaign. Diamond, 38, defeated Eric Lynn last month in one of the most competitive Democratic primary races in the Legislature this year, and is now facing home health care executive JB Benshimen in the Nov. 8 election. As FloridaPolitics reported Monday, Diamond is crushing […]


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