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Nick DiCeglie to kickoff campaign on Oct. 12

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A kickoff fundraiser for Republican Nick DiCeglie’s bid for House District 66 will be held Oct. 12 in Bellair, his campaign announced Thursday.

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Respected Republican leader Nick DiCeglie announces HD 66 run

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Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman Nick DiCeglie says he’s entering the 2018 race for House District 66. DiCeglie, who announced his candidacy in a Tuesday press release, joins Berny Jacques in the GOP primary for the western Pinellas County seat, which covers Clearwater, Indian Shores and Largo. The current HD 66 officeholder – state Rep. Larry Ahern, a Seminole Republican – is term-limited next year.

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Kathleen Peters fundraiser tonight for Pinellas Commission campaign

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South Pasadena Republican Rep. Kathleen Peters will hold a fundraiser Aug. 7 for her Pinellas County Commission campaign, and the host committee includes some of the top names in Bay area politics.

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Pinellas legislative delegation to meet Sept. 21

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Pinellas County lawmakers will hold their first public hearing ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session next month, the delegation announced Tuesday. Delegation Chairman and Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced the Sept. 21 meeting Tuesday and said it will be held in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus from 9 am to noon. During the meeting, Pinellas County’s three senators and eight representatives and their staff will introduce proposed local bills, give presentations focusing on economic development…

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Barb Haselden: Reject Penny for Pinellas unless it all goes to infrastructure

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When the St. Petersburg City Council sent the Pinellas County Commission a breakdown of Penny for Pinellas projects, they listed $15 million for affordable housing. Although the funds from the one-cent county sales tax — set for voter reapproval this year — were described by some officials as a “drop in the bucket,” it would give Council members some options to deal with the increasing problem of developers eating up more properties, especially in the downtown area. However, not everyone…

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Richard Corcoran’s agenda and style get bashed (and sometimes praised) by panel of Pinellas lawmakers

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He wasn’t on the dais, but Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s policies and public comments were front-and-center when a panel of Pinellas lawmakers spoke Wednesday in Clearwater about the recently concluded legislative session. Dubbed “the most interesting man in Tallahassee” in a recent Miami Herald profile, the 52-year-old Land O’Lakes Republican came into leadership last year with a firm and aggressive agenda, and achieved some major accomplishments in state government. And with a potential gubernatorial candidacy in the offing, opinions…

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Largo City Commissioner John Carroll backing Berny Jacques for HD 66

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Republican hopeful Berny Jacques is touting a new endorsement of his bid to succeed Larry Ahern in House District 66. The backing comes from former Largo Police Chief John Carroll, a member of the Largo City Commission. “I am pleased to endorse Berny Jacques as a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, District 66,” Carroll said Tuesday. “Berny and I share a common background as criminal justice professionals, and a deep commitment to the concept of ‘Home Rule.’ He has consistently demonstrated his support of local…

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