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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘this place is the best’ edition

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Besides, maybe, New York City or Washington, D.C., there really is no better place from which to write about politics than Tampa Bay. One reason is that there are so many competitive congressional and legislative seats in the region. And what’s spent to win those seats is oftentimes as much as the amount spent to win other state’s U.S. Senate seats. These seats are competitive because Hillsborough and Pinellas remain “purple” seats in an era when more and more counties…

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This fundraising invitation from Ed Hooper has me worried

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Late last month, former state Sen. John Legg announced that he would not attempt to return to the Legislature in 2018. Had he run, Legg’s best path to victory was thought to be through north Pinellas’ Senate District 16, where incumbent Jack Latvala is term-limited from running again. The person who benefits the most from Legg not running is former state Rep. Ed Hooper who, even if Legg was in the race, is the early front-runner to replace Latvala. Hooper was in…

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David Jolly presents flag at Ray Neri’s memorial service

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Wednesday presented an American flag to Laura Neri, the widow of community activist Ray Neri, who died Jan. 3. The flag was one that U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis had had flown over the Capitol especially for Mrs. Neri. “Ray Neri was a special person,” Jolly said. “Ray touched peoples’ lives.” Jolly was only one of many of Pinellas’ political leaders who came to Neri’s memorial service. Others included Pinellas County commissioners  Pat Gerard, Karen…

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Jeff Brandes wins SD 24 seat after write-in candidate drops out

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Jeff Brandes has won the state Senate District 24 seat. Although the 40-year-old Brandes had no Democratic opponent (or a Republican one in last month’s primary), he was facing write-in candidate Alexander Johnson in the Nov. 8 election. However, Johnson has now dropped out of the race, effectively making Brandes the winner. Brandes has been in the Florida Legislature since 2010, when he defeated Democrat Bill Heller in the House District 52 race in Pinellas County. After a single term in the House, Brandes ran…

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Jim Frishe, Mike Twitty battle for Pinellas Property Appraiser

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If you go by fundraising, then Mike Twitty is a shoo-in to win Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office. But Twitty, a political newcomer, is facing an opponent experienced in Pinellas politics. Jim Frishe has twice served in the state House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2012. For both of them, the issue comes down to experience. But each has a different kind of experience. The property appraiser is a…

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Seminole mayor endorses in judicial, property appraiser races

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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters issued endorsements in three races over the weekend. Waters endorsed Dora Komninos and Myriam Irizarry who are running for seats on the bench. She also endorsed former state Rep. Jim Frishe for Pinellas County property appraiser. “I endorse Dora Komninos for County Court judge of Group 8,” Waters said. “Her intensive experience prosecuting domestic violence cases would serve the citizens well with Dora on the bench.” Komninos is an assistant state attorney who is facing Tampa…

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Bob Gualtieri, Mike Twitty far ahead in fundraising for Pinellas posts

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With less than a month to go before the Aug. 30 primary, Mike Twitty continues to swamp Jim Frishe in the fundraising race. Twitty, who’s running his first campaign, has raised about 2 ½ times more than political veteran Frishe, a former state representative. The two Republicans are vying to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser. Incumbent Pam Dubov is not running for reelection. Twitty raised $370 in the six-days between July 23 and 29, the most recent reporting…

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