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Darryl Rouson’s past used against him by local official during homestead expansion debate

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Darryl Rouson says that he was legitimately undecided days before the Florida Senate would vote on whether to place a measure on the 2018 ballot to increase Florida’s homestead exemption.

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Pinellas legislative delegation to meet Sept. 21

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Pinellas County lawmakers will hold their first public hearing ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session next month, the delegation announced Tuesday. Delegation Chairman and Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced the Sept. 21 meeting Tuesday and said it will be held in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus from 9 am to noon. During the meeting, Pinellas County’s three senators and eight representatives and their staff will introduce proposed local bills, give presentations focusing on economic development…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

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Tampa Bay lawmakers admit criminal justice reform was a bust in Legislature this year

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Over the past decade, deep Red states like Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia have enacted serious criminal justice reforms. Florida? Not so much. That was going to change in 2017, several state lawmakers predicted earlier this year. Except it didn’t. “We walked into this session very high on idealism, thinking that we could accomplish quite a bit, that the climate was right for this,” said St. Petersburg Democratic state Senator Darryl Rouson, while speaking to the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St.…

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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Plant City House Republican Dan Raulerson wants everyone to own a gun

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The attempted assassination Wednesday morning of Louisiana Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in suburban Washington D.C. has shaken the nation. Certainly, lawmakers now realize how vulnerable they are to mentally unstable people with access to firearms who disagree with them politically. At Friday’s Tampa Tiger Bay Club, five members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation were asked their thoughts on what the shooting means for Floridians, and the nation. Plant City Republican House member Dan Raulerson said the answer was simple — everyone, especially lawmakers…

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Barclay Harless still leading Brandi Gabbard in fundraising race

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Fundraising numbers are in for the month of May in the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 race between Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard. Harless had a better month of May, and has more cash on hand as the summer approaches. Barclay, a banker and former legislative aide to Darryl Rouson, raised $4,890 in May to Gabbard’s $1,670. Overall, Harless has raised more than $36,000 to date, Gabbard has raised more than $24,000. Harless has also spent more than Gabbard, but…

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