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Frank Farkas won’t run in House District 68

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As an expensive and divisive primary shapes up on the Democratic side of the race to succeed Dwight Dudley in House District 68, one Republican thought to be a contender for the seat says he’s not interested in running. Former state Rep. Frank Farkas said late last week he won’t be on the ballot in 2016. Farkas, a St. Petersburg chiropractor, held the seat from 1998 to 2006. Farkas attempted to regain the seat in 2012, but lost a tough campaign to Dudley. (Don’t feel…

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Who’s who of Pinellas politics join Jeff Brandes for campaign kickoff in St. Pete

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes is hosting a kickoff reception Wednesday evening for his re-election effort. More than three dozen current and former local officials are on the host committee for the event, set for the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Host committee members include Republican Reps. Larry Ahern, Chris Latvala, Kathleen Peters, Chris Sprowls and Dana Young, as well as former Reps. Frank Farkas, former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst, and former St. Petersburg Mayors Bill Foster and Rick Baker, among many others. Brandes is currently unopposed in his re-election campaign, which due…

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No Florida Senate bid for Dwight Dudley as he bears down on being re-elected in HD 68

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St. Petersburg based House Democrat Dwight Dudley confirmed recently what has been common knowledge over the past month or so – that he has no intention of challenging Jeff Brandes in the state Senate District 22 seat later this year. Dudley says that if last year’s redistricting of the senate districts had turned out differently, he may have chosen to run for the Senate, but that simply didn’t happen. “If there was a seriously useful well drawn seat, but it didn’t turn out that…

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As St. Petersburg burns, City Hall fiddles with parking meters

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A certain city council member and mayoral candidate once remarked to me, after I complained about the unevenness of the enforcement of the city’s parking codes, that “those meters pay my salary.” It’s probably obvious which council member said that to me, but it’s unclear who the genius is behind the decision to standardize when meters are policed throughout downtown, from 9 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. In this economic downturn, when downtown concerns, especially restaurants, are…

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If Bill Heller runs for Senate, Frank Farkas runs for H-52

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Walking door-to-door for Jamie Bennett, I ran into my ol’ friend Frank Farkas. Talked him up about running again, and Frank said, if Bill Heller, as expected, runs for the state Senate and vacates his House seat, Farkas would run again to retake his old seat. Good for you, Frank, although you’re pretty much a liberal by today’s standards in Tallahassee.

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A point-by-point rebuttal of Diane Stenle’s editorial criticizing early mail-in voting

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Let’s start being honest about why the St. Petersburg Times seeks to downplay the significance of early, mail-in voting: if voters cast their ballots early, that will lessen the importance of the Times‘ coverage, especially its editorial recommendations. My point-by-point response to Diane Stenle’s editorial is in italics. Candidates might as well throw out the play book on how to run campaigns for local offices in Pinellas County. It’s a whole new ball game. The game changer: mail balloting. Stenle…

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Frank Farkas suggests there’s more to Ray Sansom story then meets the eye. And he’d know!

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A letter-to-the-editor from former Represenative Frank Farkas almost slipped by without me noticing, but it’s worth reading:“It took a while, but state House Speaker Ray San­som did the right thing for himself, his constituents and all Floridians by resigning his speaker post. His lack of judgment, or poor judgment, now rises to the level of several investigations. The Times Tallahas­see bureau is to be commended for their investiga­tive reporting. But before you crucify Sansom any further, it would be nice…

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