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Quorum — Tampa Bay’s not-too-political happy hour — returns tonight

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Quorum, the occasional not-too-political happy hour, returns to St. Petersburg Friday, April 15. As one of Tampa Bay’s premier casual networking events, Quorum features candidates, operatives, media and political enthusiasts of all stripes. The get-together will start with 5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres at its customary location: Cassis American Brasserie on Beach Drive. Sponsors of the first Quorum of 2016 – co-hosted by Michelle Todd and Peter Schorsch – are Alan Suskey, Laura Boehmer, Seth McKeel, David Shepp, Franco Ripple, Anthony…

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Dana Young for Florida Senate?

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If things break as the Florida Supreme Court has foreshadowed, House Majority Leader Dana Young might be headed to the state Senate. While sources are conflicted as to whether a likely redrawing of the upper chamber’s district boundaries will leave Young with a viable district, there is broad agreement on one thing: If she runs, she’ll certainly be competitive. “If a new Senate map looked anything like the proposal from the Fair Districts Coalition, Dana’s profile would be exceptionally strong,” said Democratic strategist Steve Schale, referring…

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Rose Ferlita hopes Jackie Toledo learns from her mistakes and runs again

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In the immediate aftermath of her stunning loss to Guido Maniscalco in the Tampa District 6 City Council runoff on Tuesday night, Jackie Toledo said that the media coverage of her campaign was unfair, and “made a big difference” in the final results. That coverage included the unforced errors on her part that brought her some of that negative coverage. Those mistakes included superimposing her photo over the city seal in her official campaign portrait, to filming a television commercial on…

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Criticizing ‘big money’ in City Council race, April Griffin forgets who helped her last time

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April Griffin took to Facebook last night to congratulate Democrat Guido Maniscalco for his win in Tuesday’s formerly nonpartisan race for Tampa City Council. The frequently critical three-term Hillsborough County School Board member offered a few choice words on the subject of Maniscalco’s victory over Republican Jackie Toledo. “District 6 residents win big in this race,” Griffin told her followers. “Chalk one more up for the good guys and not big money and mudslinging.” In calling out “ugly politics,” Griffin…

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Jackie Toledo says not only did she lose, but so did Tampa

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Tuesday night’s election final between Jackie Toledo and Guido Maniscalco took a stunning turn at about 7:20 p.m. After the first results from early and absentee balloting showed Toledo holding on to an eight-percentage-point lead over Maniscalco, the second round of ballots cast (and the first from Election Day itself) showed Maniscalco making a major turn around. By around 8 p.m. it was all over, and the 30-year-old small businessman from West Tampa had taken in 151 more votes than…

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A defense of my friend, political consultant Anthony Pedicini

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Anthony Pedicini is taking it on the chin right now. The Tampa-based political consultant is being dragged through the mud he otherwise expertly throws because he — let’s be honest here — is doing what almost every other successful political consultant in the state does. As Chris O’Donnell of the Tampa Tribune details, mailers touting Tampa City Council candidate Jackie Toledo were produced by the same Sarasota print shop owner who printed Toledo’s mailers and are on message with her…

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Rose Ferlita now says she DOES endorse Jackie Toledo for Tampa City Council

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Rose Ferlita has kept a very low profile since losing her bid for Tampa mayor four years ago, so it got heavy play in political circles last week when Ferlita told the Tampa Tribune’s Chris O’Donnell that she wasn’t backing fellow Tampa Republican Jackie Toledo in the District 6 City Council race because of her association with campaign consultant Anthony Pedicini. But apparently that’s no longer the case, as Ferlita has now endorsed Toledo in the March 24 runoff against…

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