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Mitch PerrySeptember 1, 2016

(UPDATE) After provisional ballots were counted by the separate Hillsborough and Pinellas County canvassing boards Thursday, Darryl Rouson’s lead over Ed Narain grew to 75 votes in the race for the Florida state Senate District 19. The contest appears indeed headed for a machine recount Friday, as the final margin of 75 votes out more than 37,000 cast is […]

Michael MolineSeptember 1, 2016

What’s the first thing you should do with Hurricane Hermine approaching? “Secure family, important documents, and possessions, then contact family members outside of the disaster area to let them know your current situation.” That was the word Thursday from Chip Merlin, founder of the Merlin Law Group in Tampa. Dubbed the “Master of Disaster” by […]

Mitch PerryAugust 31, 2016

The Republican race for House District 60 was a nail-biter Tuesday night, with civil engineer Jackie Toledo getting just 246 more votes (out of 12,528 cast) than businesswoman Rebecca Smith, giving her a less than two-percentage-point victory. Smith was the clear GOP establishment favorite in the race, but obviously, not among the electorate. Toledo raised […]

Joe HendersonAugust 30, 2016

Jackie Toledo narrowly held off establishment favorite Rebecca Smith Tuesday in the Republican House District 60. Toledo will oppose Democrat David Singer in the November general election. Singer was unopposed in the primary. With all precincts reporting, Toledo held a 222-vote margin out of more than 12,000 votes cast. The district includes all of Davis […]

Mitch PerryAugust 30, 2016

Former St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton is now one step closer to serving in Tallahassee, after besting attorney CJ Czaia and businessman Dan Fiorini in Florida’s House District 70 race, which encompasses portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Newton received 61 percent. Florin was second with 21 percent, and Czaia finished with 17 percent. Fiorini was the legislative […]

Mitch PerryAugust 30, 2016

Sean Shaw will be returning to Tallahassee next year, representing Hillsborough County’s House District 61, which encompasses  Ybor City, Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights, and East Tampa. In an incredibly tight race, the Tampa attorney defeated East Tampa activist and businesswoman Dianne Hart, getting 42.71 percent of the vote to Hart’s 41.92 percent. Shaw received 6,696 votes to Hart’s […]

Mitch PerryAugust 30, 2016

Ben Diamond has defeated Eric Lynn in the highly competitive House District 68 Democratic race in Pinellas County. Diamond received 54 percent of the votes, Lynn 46 percent. “I’m so humbled by this victory,” said Ben Diamond after the final results. “I want to thank all of my volunteers, supporters, friends, and family who worked so hard to […]

Mitch PerryAugust 30, 2016

The war of words between David Jolly and Charlie Crist has already started, with Jolly accusing his Democratic opponent of lying about his support for Donald Trump. David Jolly  defeated Mark Bircher in the Republican race for Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District earlier in the evening, and now looks forward to what could be one of the most interesting […]

Mitch PerryAugust 30, 2016

Daniel Webster defeated Justin Grabelle in the Republican Primary for Florida’s 11th Congressional District. Webster won by taking 58 percent of the vote to Grabelle’s 42 percent. Webster will now take on Democrat Dave Koller and independent Bruce Ray Riggs in November. Although Webster has served in the House for the past six years, this […]


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