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What they’re saying about Annette Taddeo’s victory in SD 40

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After three attempts at elective office, Democrat Annette Taddeo finally won Tuesday’s special election to represent Miami-area Florida Senate District 40.

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Democrats say Trump link may have helped swing St. Pete mayoral race

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A virtual tie between St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker in a mayoral primary Tuesday has left Florida Democrats giddy and Republicans groping for ways to rebrand their candidate. Baker, a Republican former mayor who remained wildly popular years after leaving office, led Kriseman in polls and fundraising throughout the campaign.

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Analysis shows some lawmakers crossing party lines

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The Senate’s reputation for bipartisanship in Tallahassee appears to be well-earned, while the names of House and Senate members who most frequently voted against their parties included a few surprises, according to an analysis of votes in the 2017 legislative session.

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What it takes: How Jose Felix Diaz beat a political family empire

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Ask the team that helped propel Jose Felix Diaz to victory in his Senate District 40 primary how they did it, and their answer is simple: They just had the better candidate. That might be true, but it also only tells part of the story. The affable 37-year-old state representative didn’t find himself up against a political novice, instead he faced a member of a South Florida political dynasty hoping to make his way back to the Florida Legislature. An…

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Tuesday could be one of the important days of the 2025 Legislative Session

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When the history of the 2025-26 Legislative Sessions is written — undoubtedly Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cottrell will be on his sixth retirement by then — what transpired July 25, 2017, may play a definitive role.

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Jose Felix Diaz defeats Alex Diaz de la Portilla, will face Annette Taddeo in general election

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The ballot is set. Jose Felix Diaz will face Annette Taddeo in the special general election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. Both Diaz and Taddeo came out on top, defeating well-known opponents in their respective primaries

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New website targets Alex Diaz de la Portilla in SD 40, calls him ‘completely unfit’ to lead

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A Venice-based political committee has launched a website taking aim at former Alex Diaz de la Portilla in the special election to replace former Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. Making a Better Tomorrow has launched a new website, called the “Facts about ADLP.” The site, which is available in both English and Spanish, features a filing filled with what it calls “the evidence against Alex Diaz de la Portilla.” The website includes digital file folders labeled “supporting Obamacare-style…

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