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This fundraising invitation from Ed Hooper has me worried

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Late last month, former state Sen. John Legg announced that he would not attempt to return to the Legislature in 2018. Had he run, Legg’s best path to victory was thought to be through north Pinellas’ Senate District 16, where incumbent Jack Latvala is term-limited from running again. The person who benefits the most from Legg not running is former state Rep. Ed Hooper who, even if Legg was in the race, is the early front-runner to replace Latvala. Hooper was in…

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It’s official: John Legg not running in 2018

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It’s time for the Leggs to enjoy it being “Quiet Uptown.” Former state Sen. John Legg said Monday he will not run for Senate in 2018, quashing rumors he might considering a comeback in the coming years. “After 12 years my family and I need a break,” he said.  “Also, I am enjoying working on education issues and innovation both national and statewide. I feel like I can make a bigger difference in education right now outside of the Florida Legislature.…

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Impressive roster of GOP leaders line up for Ed Hooper fundraiser

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Clearwater Republican Ed Hooper is assembling an impressive number of high-profile state lawmakers for a Tallahassee reception next month. Hooper, a former state representative, is seeking the open Senate District 16 seat currently held by Jack Latvala. Hooper’s campaign fundraiser will be Monday, March 6, from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Governors Club, 202 South Adams Street. The host committee reads like a Who’s Who of GOP state leaders, including Senate President Joe Negron and nearly all the…

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Former Pinellas commissioner waits to see if his “unhiring” lawsuit against county can continue

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Before Norm Roche was elected to the Pinellas commission in 2010, he had spent a decade as a county employee. So when he lost his bid for re-election to former state Rep. Ed Hooper in the Republican primary, he figured he could go back to work for the county. He figured wrong. Roche said he was turned down for 26 county positions. On his 27th attempt, he was successful. He was hired April 28, 2015, as a customer service specialist. He passed…

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Former lawmaker Ed Hooper filing to succeed Jack Latvala in state Senate

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Before the Republican leadership in the Florida Senate coronates John Legg as Jack Latvala‘s successor, it might want to check with former state Rep. Ed Hooper. On Tuesday, Hooper told FloridaPolitics.com that he has mailed his paperwork to the Florida Division of Elections making him a candidate for Latvala’s north Pinellas seat, which will be up for grabs in 2018. “It just upset me … that a deal had been cut for a lifelong Pasco guy,” Hooper told FloridaPolitics.com. The…

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Norm Roche files suit against Pinellas County — claims he’s been “blackballed” from being hired

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Norm Roche frequently disagreed with the other six members of the Pinellas County Commission during his one term in office that ended in 2014, but would any of them attempt to stop him from being hired by another part of the county government after he lost his bid for re-election last year? That’s the explosive charge that Roche is making in a lawsuit filed last week in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Pinellas County. The 53-year-old Clearwater resident says he applied for 27…

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Mike Twitty retains fundraising lead over Jim Frishe for Pinellas Property Appraiser

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In what so far is the richest race among 2016 Pinellas County public office candidates, property appraiser hopeful Mike Twitty now has a $50,000 fundraising lead over his lone opponent, Jim Frishe. To date, Twitty has raised nearly $86,000, while Frishe has pulled in close to $36,000. However, the Supervisor of Elections’ October finance reports show a month where the two candidate’s fundraising efforts were a little closer than their overall totals might suggest. Twitty – a 48-year-old Republican and political newcomer with 25-years of…

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