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Mitch Perry Report for 5.11.16 — Hillary’s weak close

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For the last week, the political news media has been obsessed with the likely Donald Trump/Hillary Clinton general election confrontation. Although he has been the front-runner throughout 2016, Trump’s big victory over Ted Cruz in Indiana last week prompted Cruz and John Kasich to quit the race, and by last Wednesday, Trump was your GOP nominee. It’s been a week of taking stock just on that. But concurrent with that is the fact that it’s felt for awhile that while…

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HD 68 Dem candidate Ben Diamond raises over $28,000 in one week on the campaign trail

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(Updated) St. Petersburg-based attorney Ben Diamond announced his candidacy for the House District 68 seat in Pinellas County on Monday, April 25. In the six days leading up to the campaign’s first fundraising deadline on April 30, he was able to raise an impressive $28,366. “I’m running for the Florida House because I want to fight for Pinellas County families,” said Diamond on Tuesday. “I’m so thankful to have so many people reach out to join our team and pledge their support so…

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Pinellas newcomer Joseph ‘JB’ Bensmihen is convinced he will win the HD 68 seat this fall

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen hasn’t been in Pinellas County very long. In fact, he officially became a resident only within the last week. So while you might consider that fact alone makes him a decided underdog in the now wide open Pinellas County state House District 68 seat, he doesn’t. And he has an impressive history of exceeding people’s expectations about himself. “I don’t want to sound silly, but I got a gift,” the 47-year-old home health care business exec said last week while speaking…

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Here’s where sh*t stands — the ‘Democrats can’t keep it together’ edition

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For an entire eight days — EIGHT DAYS — local Democrats had their sh*t together. On April 25, state Rep. Dwight Dudley announces he will not seek re-election. Hours later, the well-liked Ben Diamond announces his candidacy for Dudley’s seat along with the endorsements of almost all of Pinellas’ Democratic elected officials. The seamless transition was almost Republican in its efficiency. Then, on May 3, Eric Lynn, heretofore a candidate for the 13th Congressional District, announces that he is dropping…

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Florida Democrats to choose delegates to convention this Saturday

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On Saturday, Democrats from each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts will meet in congressional district caucuses to elect 135 district-level delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. Later on, the district-level delegates will meet to select 27 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, 45 At-Large Delegates, and 17 At-Large Alternates to the Democratic National Convention. In the Florida Democratic primary on March 15, Hillary Clinton shellacked Bernie Sanders, beating him 64 to 33 percent. However, unlike the GOP…

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Rick Kriseman now backing Charlie Crist in CD 13 contest

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A day after Charlie Crist announced in St. Petersburg last October that he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 13, Rick Kriseman made his own statement by backing Crist’s then-opponent, Eric Lynn. Now, a day after Lynn dropped out of the CD 13 contest, Kriseman is backing Crist for the seat. “I have admired and worked with Charlie Crist for a long time and know that he will be a tremendous champion for all of us in our nation’s capital,” Kriseman…

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Eric Lynn out of running for CD 13, into running for HD 68

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Reading the writing on the wall – also known as the polls – Florida Congressional District 13 Democratic candidate Eric Lynn is jettisoning his race for Congress, and has announced he will run in the state House District 68 seat in Pinellas County recently vacated last week by Dwight Dudley. “Today begins a fresh start in a new race with new opportunities. I am proud of the excellent campaign we ran for Congressional District 13 here in Pinellas County, which is projected to…

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