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Hillsborough, Tampa Fire Fighters endorse Mark Ober for State Attorney

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State Attorney Mark Ober just got a boost in his re-election campaign Ober scored the endorsements of both the Hillsborough County and Tampa Fire Fighters’ unions as he runs for another term as 13th Judicial Circuit’s state attorney. “We, as representatives of Tampa Fire Fighters Local #754, take great pleasure in endorsing your candidacy,” said Stephen Suarez, President and Bill Townsend, Secretary/Treasurer, in a joint letter. “Mr. Ober has served as State Attorney since 2000 and has consistently proven himself and…

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders make final pushes ahead of New York primary

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Hillary Clinton greeted recently-unionized workers at a Queens car wash during her final day of campaigning ahead of the New York primary. Clinton cited the workers as evidence of how “real change happens.” “It didn’t happen overnight,” she told a small crowd at the Hi-Tek Wash & Lube. “You work at it every day.” The remark echoes her recent attacks on rival Bernie Sanders, who she says promises an impossible-to-achieve “political revolution.” Earlier on Monday, she stopped at a hospital…

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Email Insights: SEIU says lawmakers will pay in 2016 for failure to raise minimum wage

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In a last-day-of-session email blast, the Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union told state legislators that their actions “will cost them at the ballot box.” The labor union was pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and said it will come after lawmakers who didn’t pay attention by “throwing its 55,000-member statewide organization behind a broad push to affect the 2016 elections in Florida, from President to local races.” Miami Sen. Dwight Bullard and Orlando Rep. Victor…

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Should Democrats Be Rooting for Charlie Crist?

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From Nate Silver: Florida Governor Charlie Crist will reportedly announce tomorrow that he is running for the United States Senate. At first glance this move — which would have surprised until we began to hear credible chatter about it from Republican insiders earlier this month — would seem like a real recruiting coup for the GOP. In contrast to most governors, Crist retains strong approval ratings; he is well ahead, moreover, of prospective Democratic opponents in early horse race polling.…

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What’s this? Charles Gerdes wins AFL-CIO endorsement, opts to not endorse Janet Long

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Last week I reported that Gerdes had won the AFL-CIO endorsement (The Buzz got this after I did and didn’t even give me credit. Tsk, tsk). Well, I just got off the phone with Rich Templin at the AFL-CIO and he confirms that one-time longshot, now contender Charles Gerdes, is, in fact, the favorite of both Labor and the Teachers. Have they forgotten about Rick Kriseman? What’s going on in District 53? Another interesting decision by the AFL-CIO was its non-decision…

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