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Janet Cruz says Florida Dems won’t ‘mainstream hate speech’ in 2017

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While some Republicans in Tallahassee were startled last week when Democrats walked out of a committee hearing in reaction to a speaker who made controversial comments, Janet Cruz says her caucus won’t be “mainstreaming hate speech as a legitimate part of political debate” anytime soon. The Democrat House Minority Leader was referring to Thursday, when five Democrats in the House’s Children, Families and Seniors subcommittee panel stood up and walked out in reaction to chair Gayle Harrell giving Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, the platform (via…

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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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Cyril Spiro hasn’t made peace with Luis Viera after City Council election

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The Tampa City Council District 7 special election is officialy history, but the bad feelings between some of the candidates apparently aren’t. While newly-elected Councilman Luis Viera was being sworn in at City Hall on Thursday morning after defeating Jim Davison in a nail-biter of an election, Cyril Spiro was blasting his former opponent for “attempting to friend my FB friends as well as the FB friends of his other former opponents in the City Council race.” “If you get a friend…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.7.16 – The Hillsborough County DEC melts down

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“Image is everything” that great philosopher, Andre Agassi, once said in a series of television ads for Canon in the early 1990’s. Though a bit of an exaggeration, there’s no question that the image of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee has taken a significant body blow following its reorganization meeting on Monday night. To recap: Party Chair Ione Townsend concluded that the party’s by-laws precluded Democrats elected to nonpartisan positions from voting in the local DEC elections. The upshot was that the local party, in effect, “disenfranchised” some of the…

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By only 65 votes, Luis Viera defeats Jim Davison in Tampa City Council special election

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By just 65 votes, Luis Viera defeated Jim Davison in the Tampa City Council District 7 special run-off election, taking 50.64 percent to Davison’s 49.36 percent, a difference of only a single percentage point. Viera received 2,588 votes to Davison’s 2,523, just 65 votes out of 5,120 cast. The special election was held to succeed Lisa Montelione, who was re-elected without opposition to the North Tampa district seat in early 2015. Last fall, Montelione announced that she would run for the state Legislature,…

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Democrats have slight lead in early voting in special election for Tampa City Council

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Early voting ended on Sunday for those voting in Tampa’s City Council District 7 special election run-off between Jim Davison and Luis Viera. A total of 575 people voted over the past four days in the election to choose a successor to Lisa Montelione. That included 246 Democrats, 240 Republicans, and 89 non-party affiliated voters. In voting by mail, a total of 3,687 voters had turned their ballots in by Monday afternoon. That breaks down to 1,625 registered Democrats, 1,344…

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Poll of Tampa City Council special election: Luis Viera, Jim Davison tied at 39%

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A new poll taken of the Tampa City Council District 7 race shows a dead heat between Jim Davison and Luis Viera. The  St. Pete Polls survey puts Viera at 39.7 percent and Davison at 39.3 percent, with 21 percent undecided. The new survey shows for the first time that Viera has a chance of winning the race. He finished eight points behind Davison in the November 8 election. A previous survey conducted by St. Pete Polls twelve days ago had Davison up by seven points,…

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