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Rick Kriseman heads to Tampa next week for re-election fundraiser

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman hits the other side of Tampa Bay next week for a fundraiser in his re-election effort, joined by some of Tampa’s leading Democrats, including fellow Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Hosted by attorneys Ron Christaldi and Patrick Baskette, the event is Tuesday, June 20, beginning 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800 in Tampa. In addition to Buckhorn, event chairs include Tampa City Council members Luis Viera, Harry…

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Rick Kriseman to hold fundraiser — in Tampa

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Rick Baker held a fundraiser in Clearwater last week, leading some to chortle that he had to travel all the way to North Pinellas to help boost his coffers in his bid to return as St. Petersburg mayor. Democrats said there weren’t enough Republicans in St. Pete to prop up the former two-term mayor. But Baker is not the only mayoral candidate who is venturing beyond the city limits to soak up campaign cash. On June 20, Rick Kriseman will…

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Kathy Castor dismisses rumors she is thinking of a run for Tampa mayor

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Kathy Castor is not interested in running for Tampa mayor in 2019. Elected in November to a sixth term in Congress representing Hillsborough County, the idea that Castor was contemplating leaving Washington to succeed Bob Buckhorn was floated by Patrick Manteiga in his La Gaceta column late last month. On Tuesday, Castor dismissed such speculation. “You know, I love my hometown, and I’m in a fabulous position to be able to advocate for my hometown,” she told FloridaPolitics.com. “And that’s what I intend to do…

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Run-off elections prove fruitful for Tampa Democrats for second straight year

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Somewhat lost in the tumult over the infighting within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee this week is the fact that for the second time in less than two years, a Democrat has been elected to the Tampa City Council in a run-off election after finishing a distant second in the initial election. Luis Viera’s win by 63 votes in the District 7 race  came four weeks after he finished 2,469 votes behind Jim Davison in the Nov.8 general election. “We had…

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Luis Viera has now raised more than $100K in bid for Tampa City Council seat

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With a little more than a week before the run-off election in Tampa’s District 7 City Council race, attorney Luis Viera has now raised more than $100,000 in his bid to succeed Lisa Montelione. Viera faces Jim Davison in the December 6 special election, and the latest public poll shows Davison leading Viera, 42 percent to 35 percent. Davison took the most votes in the November 8 primary, getting 31 percent to Viera’s 22 percent. Two of the four candidates who also…

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Charlie Crist, David Jolly fish for votes three days before election

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David Jolly and Charlie Crist spent much of Saturday the way they’ve spent much of the past few months – casting a net for votes. Jolly, the Republican incumbent, is facing a challenge from Democrat Crist for the 13th Congressional District seat. Jolly spent the first part of the morning at an Alzheimer’s Awareness Fair at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the University of South Florida campus in downtown St. Petersburg. His office had helped arrange the event, which included…

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Patrick Murphy says Marco Rubio goes low in bringing up photo with former girlfriend

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One of the most unexpected moments of Monday night’s Senate debate between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy was when Rubio said Murphy posted a photo on Facebook four years ago showing him groping a woman. “That’s inappropriate behavior!” he charged at Murphy, who appeared startled by the reference. On Tuesday, Murphy dismissed the allegation. “When Donald Trump goes low, Marco Rubio goes lower,” the Democratic nominee said, paraphrasing Michelle Obama’s line regarding Trump. “This is a picture from my college girlfriend I dated for four years. We were at dinner.” He…

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