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Pinellas GOP, Democrats poised to elect party leaders this Monday night

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When it comes to drama with their upcoming party reorganization meetings taking place next week, Pinellas County Republicans and Democrats have nothing on their Hillsborough County brethren. This coming Monday night, the local executive committees for the Republican and Democratic Parties in Pinellas County will be voting for their party leaders, and in both cases, it doesn’t appear to be many changes at hand – at least not yet. Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee Chair Susan McGrath is running to serve a second…

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Charlie Crist calls on Congress to extend tax breaks before adjourning for the year

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Charlie Crist is calling on the 114th Congress to extend tax breaks benefiting students and seniors before it adjourns for the year. The congressman-elect on Tuesday asked Congress to extend several soon-to-expire tax breaks, including a medical expense deduction for seniors, and a tuition and fees deduction. Congress is expected to adjourn for the year later this week. “These tax breaks are important to seniors, students and homeowners struggling to make ends meet,” said Crist, Florida’s former governor, in a…

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Darden Rice, FLPIRG call out Marco Rubio, David Jolly for failing to protect consumers

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. David Jolly have sided with Wall Street bankers rather than protecting financial consumers, according to Florida PIRG, a public interest advocacy group. “Rep. Jolly and Sen. Rubio have sided with big Wall Street banks and other financial institutions at the expense of consumers,” said Turner Lott, a campaign organizer with FLPIRG. “They have supported legislation that would starve the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] by changing its funding source.” FLPIRG, a nonprofit, public interest advocacy…

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Charlie Crist unanimously inducted into New Democrat Coalition

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Newly elected Congressman Charlie Crist is one of the freshmen lawmakers making up the New Democrat Coalition for the 115th Congress. By a unanimous vote, the Coalition inducted 10 members-elect — four from Florida — to the progressive centrist group of legislators dedicated to advancing the New Dem vision of economic innovation, competition and national security. Crist recently defeated incumbent Republican David Jolly in the redrawn Florida’s 13th Congressional District. The former Republican governor joins Democrats Val Demings of CD 10,…

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Charlie Crist defeats David Jolly in CD 13 race

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Charlie Crist has defeated David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District by four percentage points, 52 percent to 48 percent. The Associated Press called the race with 239 precincts out of 241 reporting. His victory will be framed as his political comeback, following two rough losses statewide for U.S. Senate in 2010 and governor in 2014. Crist originally did not intend to run against Jolly in the CD 13 seat, but after the district’s lines were redrawn in 2015, Crist opted to get into…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Where to find Tampa Bay candidates on election night

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Election night parties will be raging across the state Tuesday. For some, it’s a chance to pop some bottles and celebrate. For others, it will be a somber event, marking the last hurrah of a long, hard-fought campaign. Want to party like a politician? Here’s a rundown of where candidates will be as the polls close. U.S. Senate It was one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races this election cycle. And on Tuesday night, both Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep.…

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Tom Jackson: At our time of choosing, will we guess wrong?

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And so, at last, it is upon us. Election Day. Time, fence-sitters, to decide. We’ve been counting down so long, all the way back to the spring of last year; it sometimes seemed we’d never get here. Great nation that we (still) are, however, propelled by momentum and time-honored systems that guide truer than any GPS, we’ve navigated the distance: From the GOP’s scrum-debates of last fall through the frigid caucuses and first primaries, through the snooze-fest conventions and the…

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