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David Jolly reacts to conservative criticism of his record

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A close observation of Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly’s record in the House indicates that despite the occasional pragmatic vote (he does represent a moderate district in Congress after all), nobody would accuse him of being a liberal. Well, almost no one. Today the Club for Growth, an economic conservative political group, came out with a statement blasting the newest entrant into the GOP Senate 2016 race, with their president, David McIntosh calling Jolly, “a big-spending liberal and former lobbyist who…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.29.15 –The Rays stadium situation in St. Pete seriously needs to change soon

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The St. Pete City Council huddled for over four hours yesterday to settle….absolutely nothing regarding the impasse with the Tampa Bay Rays and the stadium situation. For a blow-by-blow account, check out my colleague Janelle Irwin’s recount. While the Rays and the Council battle against each other, I’m going to take a look at one of the real culprits in this saga: baseball fans in the Tampa Bay area, or the lack of them. Depending on what happens tonight in Madison Square Garden,…

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DCCC attacks David Jolly on Highway Trust Fund spending

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Representing moderate Florida Congressional District 13, David Jolly has to balance a fine line in staying true to his conservative roots as well as satisfying the voters in his moderate, swing district. Groups like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and American Bridge 21st Century are monitoring every vote he takes, and taking issue with ones that they think will make him vulnerable in his bid for re-election next year, when he faces Democrat Eric Lynn. The DCCC is now airing a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.31.15 — Jeff Brandes’ civil forfeiture bill advances

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With his role as the legislative chair of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is in Tallahassee a lot these days, arguing for or against bills regarding law enforcement. His agency gets a lot of respect from lawmakers, but the FSA doesn’t always get their way. That was what happened late yesterday afternoon, when St. Petersburg state Sen. Jeff Brandes’ civil forfeiture bill that prohibits law enforcement agencies from retaining property and assets seized from individuals who are not…

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David Jolly one of 15 Republicans being targeted by DCCC on college affordability

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As we reported over the weekend, Pinellas County U.S. Rep. David Jolly was one of just 17 House Republicans to vote against his own party’s budget last week. Now the campaign organization dedicated to helping him lose next year is going after a part of that vote that referenced college accessibility. This week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is targeting Jolly and 14 other House Republicans in college campus newspapers, attacking them for not supporting Pell Grants — which  provide funding for low-income students working toward undergraduate…

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Democrat Eric Lynn likely to challenge David Jolly next year in CD 13 race (updated)

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Eric Lynn, a senior Obama administration adviser in the Defense Department, is strongly considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Congress against GOP incumbent in District 13 David Jolly next year, and could announce his candidacy soon. Lynn has roots in Pinellas, having graduated from St. Pete High School in 1996, and his family resides in the area (UPDATE: A spokesman for Lynn told Florida Politics on Tuesday afternoon that though Lynn is considering a run, he has absolutely not…

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DCCC ranks Charlie Justice’s challenge to Bill Young as one of 9 ’emerging’ races to watch

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For Charlie Justice, the glass can be seen as either half-full or half-empty. No, his campaign did not make the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of 26 races to watch, but he did make the next list of 9 “emerging” races which, I guess, the DCCC also wants us all to watch. From the presser: Reflecting Democrats’ efforts to stay on offense this cycle, today the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is announcing several races to watch this year. In…

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