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#12 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Dana Young

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South Tampa resident Dana Young survived a brutal 2016 election against Democrat Bob Buesing and independent Joe Redner to get elected to the state Senate after six years in the House. “Dana Young is one of the most productive members of the Florida Legislature,” says lobbyist and Democratic fundraiser Justin Day. “She has never shied away from taking on an important or difficult issue to her constituents. Those of us who are lucky enough to call her our Senator, should rest easy…

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Dana Young raises $150K in March for Senate re-election

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Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young was among the handful of Florida senators to only win a 2-year term during the 2016 election cycle. She hasn’t wasted any time gearing up for her 2018 re-election. Young, who bested Democrat Bob Buesing in the SD 18 race last November, brought in more than $150,000 last month between her campaign and political committee accounts. The bulk of the money was raised through her political committee, “Friends of Dana Young,” including $10,000 checks from…

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Unless changes made, Joe Redner says he’ll sue over Legislature’s medical marijuana bill

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Advocates of Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in Florida, have been expressing disdain for HB 1397, moving through the Legislature this Session, sponsored by Fort Myers Republican Ray Rodrigues. “Folks, this bill is bad,” wrote Ben Pollara, head of United for Care, the organization that campaigned for the constitutional amendment that passed with more than 71 percent support of Floridians last fall. “If passed, it would basically cancel out the vote we had last fall, if not make the situation worse,” Pollara…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘this place is the best’ edition

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Besides, maybe, New York City or Washington, D.C., there really is no better place from which to write about politics than Tampa Bay. One reason is that there are so many competitive congressional and legislative seats in the region. And what’s spent to win those seats is oftentimes as much as the amount spent to win other state’s U.S. Senate seats. These seats are competitive because Hillsborough and Pinellas remain “purple” seats in an era when more and more counties…

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Bob Buesing contemplates 2018 rematch versus Dana Young

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Bob Buesing may be looking for a rematch. One of the most bitter races in all of Florida politics last year took place in Hillsborough County’s Senate District 18, where Democrat Buesing faced Republican state Rep. Dana Young and independent Joe Redner. Although Democrats believed Young was vulnerable to a serious opponent she ultimately defeated Buesing 48 to 41 percent. Redner finished a distant third with 9.5 percent. With redistricting, half the state’s 40 Senate seats are up for re-election again next year, and Buesing…

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Dana Young decries the ‘shrill tone’ coming out of Tallahassee this winter

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The clash between Rick Scott and the leaders of the Florida House and Senate have dominated the front pages of several Florida newspapers this week. Dana Young doesn’t like it one bit. “There is this angry, shrill tone coming out of Tallahassee, and I truly don’t understand why,” the GOP District 18 state Senator told a crowd of over 50 people at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa Friday morning. “I kind of feel that we’re on the same team and we should be working together to get a budget…

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Janet Cruz says Florida Dems won’t ‘mainstream hate speech’ in 2017

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While some Republicans in Tallahassee were startled last week when Democrats walked out of a committee hearing in reaction to a speaker who made controversial comments, Janet Cruz says her caucus won’t be “mainstreaming hate speech as a legitimate part of political debate” anytime soon. The Democrat House Minority Leader was referring to Thursday, when five Democrats in the House’s Children, Families and Seniors subcommittee panel stood up and walked out in reaction to chair Gayle Harrell giving Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, the platform (via…

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