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Sean Shaw narrowly defeats Dianne Hart in House District 61 race

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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 has 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 6,572. Environmental engineer and vocational trainer Walter Smith finished in third place with 15 percent of the vote. Shaw was backed by the influential Florida Sentinel-Bulletin, the Florida Democratic Progressive…

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Augie Ribeiro has now spent more than $672,000 in quest to win Senate District 19

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Augie Ribeiro has now spent $672,075 in the Senate District 19 race. The St. Petersburg-based civil justice attorney’s fundraising prowess — more than 70 percent of it from his own deep pockets — dwarfs the totals of the other three candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Ed Narain, Betty Reed and Darryl Rouson. Narain, the House District 61 state Representative trying to advance to the Senate, has the most cash-on-hand in the waning days of the campaign with $55,691. Among his recent contributions in the latest fundraising period of…

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SD 19 candidates talk about early education and getting bills passed in a GOP Legislature

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It’s always challenging for any Democrat to get a bill they sponsored passed in the Florida Legislature. And with Republicans continuing to dominate the House and Senate, it’s sometimes difficult to hear them boast about what they’ll accomplish in Tallahassee on the campaign trail, when the reality is much starker. At Tuesday night’s Senate District 19 forum focusing on early childhood education at the Robert W. Saunders Library in Tampa, the three men and one woman looking to succeed Arthenia Joyner talked…

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Direct mail round-up: Flyer says Augie Ribeiro not a true Democrat, has no Florida law license

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Listen to Augie Ribeiro talk, hear his ads or read his campaign literature and two themes stand out: Ribeiro is an attorney who fights for the little guy and he’s the only “true Democrat” in the race for state Senate District 19. But a flyer that landed in Democratic mailboxes Monday — the first day of early voting in Pinellas — tells voters just to hold on. Ribeiro, it says, is not only not a true Democrat, he wasn’t even…

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Lauren Book challenges Florida Democratic delegation to remember why they came to Philadelphia

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One of Florida’s newest state Senators, Lauren Book, addressed the Florida Delegation Breakfast Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “Why are each and every one of you here today?” she challenged delegates shortly after her introduction. The Broward County Democrat was following such notables as Howard Dean and Terry McAuliffe. “Why have you traveled a thousand or more miles to participate over the last few days? What is your motivation to be among this group of super Democrats? It’s taken a lot…

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Tampa Bay Realtors endorse Sean Shaw

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Sean Shaw has earned the backing of the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors in his run for state House District 61. “I’m so honored for the support of the nearly 9,000 members in the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors,” Shaw said in a statement. “They and their members share my vision for a stronger economy for everyone. I’m excited to join their efforts in Tallahassee to help more Floridians realize the dream of homeownership and protect their rights…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.20.16 – Vetting Paul Manafort

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A political convention is often called “the Super Bowl” of politics, and that’s true in this respect: There are a sh*tload of reporters on hand around, and not that many storylines that are unique. Hence, the constant discussion of Melania Trump’s speech on Monday night. Donald Trump’s top campaign aide, Paul Manafort, said early Tuesday that the claims that the possible next First Lady in America had cribbed portions of Michelle Obama’s 2008 RNC was all about …..Hillary Clinton? “This…

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