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Pasco GOP official in trouble after social media posts go national

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Pasco County Republican Executive Committee Secretary Bill Akins is under fire  after a story about his history of pushing out racist jokes and conspiracy theories on social media was published Sunday by the Washington Post. The reason that the previously little-known local Republican even earned the interest of the Post was because of what happened on Saturday at Congressman Gus Bilirakis raucous town hall meeting in New Port Richey. That’s where Akins told a crowd of mostly supporters of the Affordable Care Act that it was a fact…

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Donald Trump ‘tsunami’ in Pasco led to stunning result in Florida’s House District 36 race

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In presidential election years, Florida Democrats perennially have high hopes to increase their meager numbers in the Legislature by winning crucial swing district races. They lost several of them on Tuesday, including most surprisingly in House District 36, where 21-year-old University of Central Florida student Amber Mariano knocked off Democratic incumbent Amanda Murphy in a stunning upset by 732 votes, or .6 percent. From another perspective, however, it might have been considered an upset if Murphy HAD held on to the seat she initially won in 2013. That’s because Donald Trump defeated Hillary…

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Not a good day for Charlie Crist: continuing coverage of Jim Greer’s resignation

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Normally, you’d need to be a Florida politics junky to care that the Chairman of the Florida GOP, Jim Greer, resigned his office yesterday. But this is an ominous sign for Charlie Crist in the Florida Senate primary and another sign of right-wing power in the nationwide GOP battle between moderates and the Tea Party/Club for Growth right. This one’s a big deal. Update – 5:50 p.m. – Former House Speaker Bense said Wednesday he planned to fill in for…

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Not a good day for Charlie Crist: continuing coverage of Jim Greer’s resignation

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Normally, you’d need to be a Florida politics junky to care that the Chairman of the Florida GOP, Jim Greer, resigned his office yesterday. But this is an ominous sign for Charlie Crist in the Florida senate primary and another sign of right-wing power in the nationwide GOP battle between moderates and the Tea Party/Club for Growth right. This one’s a big deal. Update – 5:50 p.m. – Former House Speaker Bense said Wednesday he planned to fill in for…

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Richard Corcoran picks up endorsements in H-45

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From the Bay Buzz: Richard Corcoran has picked up new endorsements in the Republican primary race for House District 45, this time from the state committeemen and state committeewomen of Pasco and Pinellas counties. Pinellas State Committeewoman Nancy Riley, Pinellas State Committeeman Tony DiMatteo, Pasco State Committeewoman Lona O’Reilly and Pasco State Committeeman Bill Bunting say they are supporting him in his bid for the seat being vacated by Republican Tom Anderson.

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