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The end for SaintPetersBlog

Ever since I acquired the rights to the perfect domain for my efforts — FloridaPolitics.com — I knew that one day, this website would have to be put out to pasture.

Well, after more than 51,000 posts, this is the final one.

Going forward, I am devoting my full energies to the Florida Politics brand, whether it be the website, email programs like “Sunburn” and “Last Call,” or our gorgeous, award-winning INFLUENCE Magazine. Keep Reading

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Thad Altman draws GOP challenger for HD 52 seat

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Longtime Republican lawmaker Thad Altman has drawn a primary challenger as he seeks re-election to the House next year. Melbourne Republican Matt Nye has opened a campaign account to challenge the Indialantic Republican in 2018 in Brevard County’s House District 52, according to the state Division of Elections website.

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Darden Rice backing Gina Driscoll for St. Pete City Council

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Darden Rice has become the third member of the St. Petersburg City Council to endorse Gina Driscoll in the race for the District 6 seat. Joining Karl Nurse and Charlie Gerdes in backing their fellow Democrat, Rice says that Driscoll is a proven leader and consensus builder. “District 6 needs an open-hearted and open-minded leader who listens, and Gina is genuinely committed to making St. Pete an even more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone,” says Rice in a statement. “She is…

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Martin County ‘water farm’ expanded

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Caulkins Citrus Co. launched the expansion of its Indiantown “water farm,” increasing the reservoir from an existing 413 acres to 3,200 acres, the company announced in a press release Tuesday. “The expansion of the facility was completed in just nine months,” the release said. “The additional acres will now allow the water farm to store up to 35 billion gallons of water per year from the C-44 Canal.”

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Is Adam Putnam indirectly in bed with Germany’s far-right?

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In his bid for Florida governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has noticeably leaned right, a not-too-unsurprising move to appeal to base voters in a political landscape dominated by Donald Trump. But aligning himself with the ad agency behind the unprecedented win for Germany’s far-right populist party? That is beyond the pale.

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Bill would add ‘gender identity’ to hate crimes

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Legislation filed in the Florida House would add violence against an individual based on “gender or gender identity” to the state’s list of hate crimes. Rep. Joseph Geller, an Aventura Democrat, filed the bill (HB 211) Tuesday.

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Wilton Simpson latest Republican to back Ardian Zika in HD 37 race

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Florida Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson is the latest Republican to endorse Ardian Zika in the Pasco County-area House District 37 race for 2018.

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