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Rick Kriseman to host major St. Pete fundraiser this month for re-election bid

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is joining a significant group of Tampa Bay area supporters –  including some leaders in the Tampa Bay Rays organization – for a major fundraiser this month supporting his re-election campaign. The event is Monday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg. Suggested contribution is $250. According to the email invite, the host committee includes Rays owner Stu Sternberg and President Matthew Silverman, former Florida…

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Jeff Brandes wins SD 24 seat after write-in candidate drops out

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Jeff Brandes has won the state Senate District 24 seat. Although the 40-year-old Brandes had no Democratic opponent (or a Republican one in last month’s primary), he was facing write-in candidate Alexander Johnson in the Nov. 8 election. However, Johnson has now dropped out of the race, effectively making Brandes the winner. Brandes has been in the Florida Legislature since 2010, when he defeated Democrat Bill Heller in the House District 52 race in Pinellas County. After a single term in the House, Brandes ran…

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HD-52 candidate Jeff Brandes draws 150 to campaign kick-off

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If state Rep. Bill Heller isn’t worried yet, he didn’t see what I saw Thursday night at Jeff Brandes’ campaign kick-off at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  What I saw was 150 or so mostly young, but all politically active District 52 voters, including St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Ed Montanari.  What I saw was a hungry, well-funded, well-organized candidate who is not on vacation in North Carolina, like certain incumbent state representatives.  What I saw was a hard-working…

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A memo to Kendrick Meek

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Kenneth Quinnell, the uber-smart new media director for the Kendrick Meek campaign, recently asked a few of us in the blogging community for feedback on “on the candidate, the campaign and our new media outreach efforts.” While I am sure Ken would have preferred for me to deliver my counsel privately, I wouldn’t tell him anything privately that I wouldn’t write on this blog.  So here goes: Dear Kenneth: Let me begin by commending you for continuing to reach out…

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Jeff Brandes takes to the airwaves in House District 52

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The Republican Party of Florida today released the first television advertisement of the 2010 election cycle for state legislative races. The thirty-second spot features a political newcomer, Army veteran and business owner Jeff Brandes, who is challenging Democrat incumbent Bill Heller in House District 52. “With a strong slate of candidates and the political climate in our favor, the Republican Party of Florida is committed to picking up multiple legislative seats in 2010,” said RPOF Chairman John Thrasher. “It’s refreshing…

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GOP House District 52 candidate Jeff Brandes launches campaign website

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Political newcomer Jeff Brandes, Republican challenger to Republican Bill Heller, has launched his campaign website and estabished his social media presence.  Check out his site at electjeffbrandes.com, follow him on Twitter @JeffreyBrandes or check out his Facebook page. Now my only problem with Brandes’ watch imagery is not doing something with the LED numbers in the clock’s face.  I know it’s small potatoes, but if I had designed that logo, I would have set the time time to 20:10 with…

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Pinellas Democratic Party hosting fundraiser on Tuesday celebrating ‘cool black guys’ Calvin Harris and Ken Welch

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Sen. Arthenia L. Joyner – Sen. Charlie Justice – Rep. Bill Heller Rep. Rick Kriseman – Rep. Janet Long – Rep. Darryl Rouson School Board Member Nina Hayden – School Board Member Linda Learner Mayor Pat Gerard – Councilor Steve Kornell Councilor Wengay “Newt” Newton – Councilor Karl Nurse City Com. Joseph Barkley – City Com. Stephanie Oddo Cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Pinellas County Commissioners Calvin Harris and Ken Welch Beaks Old Florida Tavern and Restaurant…

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