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Mitch Perry Report for 7.7.16 – Tea Party Patriots heart Marco Rubio

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f you remember when we first heard about the Tea Party in early 2009, its supporters talked about having a pox on both houses – that is, they felt that Republicans and Democrats were part of the same dirty cesspool that is Washington D.C. A lot of things have changed since then, but I became a bit cynical in early 2010. That’s when the late C.W. Bill Young received a Tea Party challenger by the name of Eric Forcade in…

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David Jolly says he intends not to mention Charlie Crist’s name at all in their blockbuster congressional match-up

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Two years ago, special interest money out of Washington made the special congressional election in Florida’s 13th District between David Jolly and Alex Sink one of the most expensive of all time. While it’s unlikely that the spending will exceed the reported $12 million that was spent in 2014, it’s a race that the Democrats will desperately try to win – especially if they believe that they have the ability to win the entire House of Representatives because of the deleterious affects of a Donald Trump candidacy affecting down-ballot…

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David Jolly drops Senate bid, will seek re-election to CD 13; Charlie Crist, Dems respond

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 U.S. Rep. David Jolly has unfinished business. After weeks of pressure from local officials, bolstered by rumors of Marco Rubio seeking re-election, Jolly is dropping his bid for the U.S. Senate, opting instead for a re-election bid in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. “David Jolly’s passion is to serve the people of Pinellas,” former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker confirmed in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times. “He learned at the side of Congressman Bill Young, and he has effectively served all…

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Todd Wilcox blasts David Jolly on calling for lobbying ban – even though he said it nearly a year ago

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Since declaring his candidacy for  his first run for Congress in late 2013, David Jolly has to had to hear from his critics that he’s a creature of the Washington Establishment. Jolly spent 11 years working with Congressman Bill Young, the last six as his general counsel. In 2007 he left join the Washington, D.C. firm Van Scoyoc Associates as a lobbyist, and in 2011, he left Van Scoyoc to open his own firm, Three Bridges Advisors. Now he’s running as a Washington reformer in a bid for the…

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Charlie Crist goes after Mark Bircher in fundraising note

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Congressional District 13 Democratic hopeful Charlie Crist is coming out swinging against Republican Mark Bircher, in advance of Bircher’s formal kickoff campaign announcement Tuesday night. As this website reported Monday, Bircher, the retired Marine Corps Reserve brigadier general who finished third in the Republican race for Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District race in January 2014, will hold his first event as a candidate for the 2016 CD 13 race Tuesday night in Clearwater. That prompted Crist, who announced in October that he would enter the Pinellas County congressional race,…

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Mark Bircher becomes the first Republican to enter CD 13 contest

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Mark Bircher has filed paperwork to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2016, becoming the first Republican to do so. He’s the retired Marine Corps Reserve brigadier general who finished third in the district’s Republican primary in early 2014 to succeed the late Bill Young. The 62-year-old Seminole resident and commercial airline pilot had never run for political office until he entered the special primary election in late 2013. He lost to David Jolly with about 25 percent…

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Habitat for Humanity dedicates 340th Pinellas home

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Yesterday marked the 340th home dedication for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. A three bedroom, two bathroom house on 3rd Avenue N., in St. Petersburg, will now be home to the Engle family: Mary Anne, a local small-business owner who recently earned her U.S. citizenship, and her two teenage sons. Habitat has been operating in Pinellas County since 1985. Its homeownership program revolves around building homes with volunteer community members, then selling those homes — for no profit — to…

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