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Tampa attorney collecting petitions to run against Alcee Hastings – so he can gain access to him

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Hillsborough County-based attorney Michael Steinberg focuses on Social Security, Medicare and disability issues. He’s a former chairman of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party and unsuccessful political candidate. He also was a candidate for president earlier this year. He’s now collecting signatures to qualify to run against Florida CD 20 Democrat Alcee Hastings, but he says he’ll gladly back out if he can get the South Florida lawmaker to back his pet legislation – which is to try to decrease the time that veterans and Social Security…

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Rod Smith teases “major announcement,” could be entering SD 8 race

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Standing in front of the Alachua County Court House, former state Sen. Rod Smith teased a “major announcement” for Tuesday morning, which almost certainly will mark his entry into the race for the newly redrawn Senate District 8. The Gainesville attorney and former Florida Democratic Party chair would be the second candidate in the contest, joining Gainesville Republican Rep. Keith Perry, who announced Friday he would skip his last term in House District 21 to run for the seat. Smith has…

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Pat Kemp gets big endorsements in Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race

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Three major Tampa Democrats – Betty Castor, Jim Davis and Ed Turanchik – are all endorsing Pat Kemp in the Hillsborough County Commission District 6 contest. “I see Pat as being cut from the same cloth as strong woman leaders, like Sylvia-Kimbell Rodriguez, Phyllis Busansky, Kathy Castor and Pam Iorio,” Castor said in a statement. She’s the mother of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, who Kemp worked for as an aide during Kathy’s time on the county commission a decade ago. “Pat has…

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Eric Lynn’s campaign team includes high-profile Obama staffers

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CD 13 Democratic candidate Eric Lynn, the only declared candidate in the Pinellas County congressional race, announced his campaign team today, and it includes two nationally known figures who played important parts in getting Barack Obama elected president twice. Bill Burton and Anita Dunn from the political communications firm SKDKnickerbocker have signed on to the campaign as Lynn’s media consultants. Burton has been acting as the press spokesperson role ever since Lynn got into the race. He was the national spokesman for…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.7.15 — The morning after

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Last night was the most fun I can remember watching a political debate since Chris Matthews moderated the Charlie Crist-Jim Davis-Max Linn Florida gubernatorial debate in 2006. Anyone remember that? Let’s face it, if the same tough questions were asked by moderators at MSNBC, CNN, Univision or any of the major broadcast networks, the story of the morning (besides whatever Donald Trump did) from Republicans would be how unfair the liberal media was. As it stands, some conservatives on my Twitter…

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Robbie Mook says Hillary Clinton is taking the primary campaign season seriously

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Hillary Clinton will give a speech within the next three weeks giving her take on how she would deal with Wall Street bankers and the financial industry. That was the one major nugget of news to emanate from Robbie Mook’s appearance at Mise en Place in Tampa on Monday night. Mook is the 35-year-old campaign manager for the Clinton campaign. He was the featured player at the low-dough fundraiser at the downtown eatery, where people could contribute as little as $25…

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Tampa Democrats, including former Gov nominees, fundraising for Patrick Murphy tonight

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A group of Tampa-area Democrats, including the last three Democratic nominees for governor, are hosting a June 28 Tampa fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s 2016 Senate campaign. Charlie Crist, Alex Sink and former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis join Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former state Sen. Betty Castor and other high-profile Democrats at the Hyde Park home of Linda and Tom Scarritt, lead partner of the Scarritt Law Group. The $250-a-ticket event begins 5 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at 824…

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