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Tampa Bay Realtors endorse Sean Shaw

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Sean Shaw has earned the backing of the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors in his run for state House District 61. “I’m so honored for the support of the nearly 9,000 members in the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors,” Shaw said in a statement. “They and their members share my vision for a stronger economy for everyone. I’m excited to join their efforts in Tallahassee to help more Floridians realize the dream of homeownership and protect their rights…

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Sean Shaw gets endorsement from Florida Sentinel Bulletin

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The Florida Sentinel Bulletin, the bi-weekly paper serving the Tampa Bay area African-American community, has endorsed Sean Shaw’s state House bid. “The Florida Sentinel has diligently informed our community about politics, local events, and policies impacting the African American community,” Shaw said. “I’m proud that they’ve informed their readers about my dedication to our community and my commitment to positive change in Tampa Bay.” The Sentinel endorsement follows a number of high profile endorsements for Shaw, including local and county firefighters,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.21.16 — After gun control proposals go down, Bill Nelson says “The NRA wins again”

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The U.S. Senate voted on four different gun-control proposals last night — two offered by Republicans, two by Democrats. They all failed. First up was California Democrat Dianne Feinstein‘s bit, which would give the Department of Justice the power to stop anyone on the terror watch list from buying a gun. That garnered just 47 votes. Then came Texas Republican John Cornyn‘s proposal, which would have law enforcement notified when someone on the terror watch list tries to buy a gun, failed with just…

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Democrat Walter Lee Smith II makes HD 61 seat a three person primary

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There is now a third Democrat in the Tampa House District 59 seat being vacated by incumbent Ed Narain. He’s Tallahassee native Walter Lee Smith II, who officially entered the contest on April 18. Smith is the son of Jeraldine Williams, a civil rights activist and one of the first black students to attend the University of Florida in 1963. “This is something that I felt was necessary,” he says about entering the contest. “I watched for years as all these things were…

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Sean Shaw off to a quick start in fundraising for HD 61 seat

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House District 61 hopeful Sean Shaw announced on Monday that he’s raised more than $20,000 during his first 20 days on the campaign trail. “Our supporters have stepped up in a big way,” Shaw said in a statement.  “They know I’ll work hard for our families and make our streets safer for our children. As our Consumer Advocate, as an attorney fighting for victims, and as a volunteer serving our community, I’ve always put people first.  I’m so thankful for the overwhelming…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.29.16 – Bernie Sanders camp says Hillary Clinton a “weak front-runner”

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The Democratic race for president is already pretty well decided, right? Hillary Clinton is at least 250 pledged delegates ahead of Bernie Sanders in the race for the nomination, and is up by more than 400 super delegates.  That’s with 32 states having participated to date. The Sanders camp, though, is feeling very optimistic at the moment, as conveyed in a conference call conducted on Monday afternoon with campaign manager Jeff Weaver, senior adviser Tad Devine and pollster Ben Tulchin. “I believe,…

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Diane Hart enters HD 61 race, says it’s her time

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After working for and with the people in East Tampa for three decades, Diane Hart now says she’s ready to represent them in Tallahassee. The longtime businesswoman/activist said this month she’s running for the House District 61 seat in Tampa. Democratic incumbent Ed Narain is leaving the seat, which he won in 2014, to run for state senate. Although this will be her first run for office, she’s been thinking about doing so for a couple of years. She said she considered seeking a Tampa…

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