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Jack Martin latest Republican to enter CD11 contest

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Immediately after Rich Nugent announced he would not run for re-election in Florida’s 11th Congressional District last year, his now former chief of staff, Justin Grabelle, immediately entered the race, and won the endorsement of the incumbent. But it hasn’t stopped other Republicans from entering the now-open seat, with Spring Hill-based minister Jack Martin being the latest to do so. The 64-year-old Martin has spent more than three decades in the church, and is the senior pastor of Praise Family Worship…

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Justin Grabelle about to be challenged in CD 11 race?

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Once upon a time, Florida’s 11th Congressional District — which now encompasses Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Marion counties — was held by a Democrat. Her name was Karen Thurman. Thurman lost to Republican Ginny Brown-Waite in 2002, and since that time, the seat has remained safely in GOP control, and that scenario doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. After GOP incumbent Rich Nugent announced last month that he would not run for re-election in 2016, Justin Grabelle, his 33-year-old chief-of-staff, immediately announced he would…

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Daily Kos features Jim Piccillo

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Daily Kos featured Jim Piccillo, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Florida’s 5th District. This is an open seat, as Tea Party Republican Ginny Brown-Waite will retire at the end of her term. Raised by a strong single mother, Jim has a broad background in public service. He served six years in the U.S. Army, and was decorated for his role in responding to the 9/11 tragedy. After leaving the Army in 2002, Jim organized statewide food drives…

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Updated: Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of congressional race, citing health reasons, immediately endorses Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent

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Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent is running for Congress. His target: U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. Nugent, a Republican, filed Friday, the last day for Congressional candidates to qualify for the Aug. 24 primary. He had not been listed on the state’s Division of Elections as a qualified candidate by 11:30 a.m. “It’s not a mistake,” Nugent said during a brief phone call with the St. Petersburg Times on Friday before excusing himself to return to a staff meeting. “I’ll have more to…

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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite cites display of support from constituents for opposition to health care reform — only problem is they’re from Pennsylvania

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Received this e-mail from Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite: It appears today is D-day for health care in Washington. Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat Leadership team continue to send mixed signals on their vote count, so it is not yet clear what the final tally will be. One group who has made their vote very clear is the American people. Thousands of Americans have descended upon our Nation’s Capitol to voice their firm opposition to ObamaCare. While some Members have their doors…

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U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite cites display of support from constituents for opposition to health care reform — only problem is they’re from Pennsylvania

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Received this e-mail from Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite: It appears today is D-day for health care in Washington. Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat Leadership team continue to send mixed signals on their vote count, so it is not yet clear what the final tally will be. One group who has made their vote very clear is the American people. Thousands of Americans have descended upon our Nation’s Capitol to voice their firm opposition to ObamaCare. While some Members have their doors…

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Is Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite retiring – or remarrying?

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There is speculation that U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite will announce her retirement at tonight’s Citrus County Lincoln Day Dinner. Or she could be announcing something loony. I don’t know why Ginny Brown-Waite wouldn’t run again after polling this well. Then again, as Eric Jotkoff points out, in 2006, Alex Sink got 49.7% and Bill Nelson got 58.7%. District has moved toward Dems in registration too. Updates: Tampa Tribune’s Will March thinks tonight’s major annoucement is more about her pending nuptials:…

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