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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Florida primary

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Monday is the last day to register to vote before Florida’s Aug. 30 primary election. Floridians who want to switch their party affiliation for the primary also must act by the deadline. There are contested primary races for the U.S. Senate on both the Republican and Democratic sides. There are also several contentious races for Congress and the Florida Legislature that will be decided in the primary. Voters who are registered as independents must change their party affiliation in order…

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Gwen Graham will soon reveal her 2016 intentions

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Down deep, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham may already know whether she will run for re-election next year. With the Florida House and Senate in agreement on the new look of her District 2 and Corrine Brown’s District 5, the writing (or map) appears to be on the wall. Graham is doing the right thing by waiting until the court makes it official. Barring something totally unforeseen, a good chunk of her Democratic support in Tallahassee, Leon County and all of…

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Martin Dyckman: Winner-take-all winner could be Donald Trump

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Our next president may well owe the office to arrogant billionaires or be one himself. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that fewer than 400 families account for nearly half the $388 million already invested in that election still more than a year away. Did America shed blood to be rid of monarchy only to have it come to this? And yet the vast moral and political corruption unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s confusion of free spending with free…

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Political spot Tucson’s Southwest Grill shutting down

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From David DeCamp: Tuscon’s Southwest Grill, the restaurant near Ulmerton Road that was home to monthly meetings of the Democratic and Republican parties of Pinellas County, has closed, majority owner Leslie Rubin confirmed on Monday. Continue reading here.

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Political spot Tucson’s Southwest Grill shutting down

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From David DeCamp: Tuscon’s Southwest Grill, the restaurant near Ulmerton Road that was home to monthly meetings of the Democratic and Republican parties of Pinellas County, has closed, majority owner Leslie Rubin confirmed on Monday. Continue reading here.

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(Insert joke here) The pipe fitters union backs Charlie Crist over Kendrick Meek

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From the Miami Herald: The Florida Pipe Trades typically leans Democratic in statewide races and heeds the endorsements of its umbrella organization, the AFL-CIO. Not this year. While the AFL-CIO is backing Democrat Kendrick Meek for the U.S. Senate, the 12,000 pipefitters, plumbers and welders are going with Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent candidate. “This is a bit unusual,” said the union’s international representative, John Lindstrom. “We stepped out on this one because we thought it was that important…We have probably 30-35 percent unemployment in our ranks, and we think Gov.…

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AFSCME backs Dan Gelber for attorney general

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Dan Gelber scored yet another big endorsement for his campaign for the Democratic attorney general nomination. Facing a close contest with Dave Aronberg, Gelber announced he was being backed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Florida Council 79, which represents more than 100,000 members. Continue reading here.

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