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Michael Steinberg signs on to Jose Vazquez Figueroa’s campaign

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Michael Steinberg, a Tampa lawyer and former Democratic political candidate, says he’s volunteered to be campaign treasurer for Jose Vazquez Figueroa, the Democrat running in the House District 58 special election. “I support him because I know he’ll support all the Democratic Party’s issues,” Steinberg tells SaintPetersblog. “I also know how hard it is as a candidate and want him to be on top of all the paperwork.” Steinberg—who specializes in Social Security disability claims—has run unsuccessfully for the state Legislature,…

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Is U.S. Term Limits coordinating a grassroots campaign against Jamie Grant?

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Several state lawmakers — including Reps. Scott Plakon, Neil Combee, and Randy Fine — have received messages from their constituents asking them to block James W. Grant from running for re-election and running for Speaker during the 2022-24 term, saying the Tampa Republican has already served eight years in office and any more would be in violation of the state Constitution. The push comes just days after Nick Tomboulides, the executive director of U.S. Term Limits, wrote a post on the group’s…

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April Griffin says Ione Townsend blocked her from running for Hillsborough County DEC chair a year ago

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The reverberations from Monday’s Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee meeting continued on Wednesday when School Board Chair April Griffin said she was denied the opportunity to run for the DEC chair position a year ago by Ione Townsend, who ended up running as the only candidate to replace Elizabeth Belcher. In a posting on her Facebook page, Griffin said that with no groundswell of support for a chair to succeed Belcher, she had given the idea serious consideration and decided she…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.20.16 — Hacked off

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Condolences this morning to St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, who lost her husband, Tampa Bay Times outdoor reporter Terry Tomalin. Condolences to all who knew and loved him. Moving on, the documentary “Weiner” is set to open today in some markets around the country (though not Tampa, though wouldn’t it be great if the Tampa Theatre folks could get it down here?). It’s a documentary on disgraced former NYC Congressman Anthony Weiner’s ill-fated mayoral campaign from a few years ago.…

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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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Joseph Wilkinson, lone opponent to incumbent Jamie Grant in HD 64, withdraws from race

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Little-known political novice Joseph Wilkinson was never much of a threat to the incumbency of Republican state Rep. Jamie Grant of Tampa, but now he has completely removed himself from consideration by voters in HD 64 altogether. Wilkinson, also a Republican, had not reported raising any contributions. Grant, for his part, has raised $25 ahead of his 2016 re-election campaign. Grant has faced real primary heat in the past: local attorney Miriam Steinberg won the endorsement of the Tampa Bay Times and 41 percent of…

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Early voting in Jamie Grant’s House District 64 special election begins Saturday

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Early voting starts Saturday in the Florida House District 64 seat formerly held by Republican Jamie Grant. And after the election takes place on April 21, it will once again be controlled by, yes, Jamie Grant. The early voting will continue throughout next week in the district, which encompasses northwest Hillsborough and eastern Pinellas counties. It’s been without representation in the Florida House for the past five months, after lawmakers there disallowed Grant’s 19-point victory over fellow Republican Miriam Sternberg,…

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