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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay state legislative races

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Republican Sens. Tom Lee and Bill Galvano have already won re-election, and fellow GOP incumbent Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes only face opposition from write-in candidates in their seats. Of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough and Pinellas County, only districts 18 and 19 will be home to a new senator in the fall. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is the front-runner in the SD 18 race in both polling and fundraising, though favorable district lines and robust fundraising…

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Janet Cruz says she believes Florida Democrats can flip 6 House seats this fall

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Florida Republicans dominate state government in Tallahassee, and in the state House, it’s not even close. Yet incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz says that she “conservatively” believes that the Democrats can flip  six seats this coming fall, and just as importantly, retain that number in 2018, beginning their journey to finally getting close to parity in the GOP-controlled chamber. “So we build six seats now,” Cruz told the audience who gathered early Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia for…

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Shawn Harrison holds wide fundraising lead in HD 63 race

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House District 63 GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison, always a strong fundraiser, continues to expand his fundraising lead over the Democrat he now knows he will face in November, Lisa Montelione. Fundraising totals from June 1 through June 24 were released on Friday, and they show that Harrison raised $9,400 during that period, while Montelione raised $6,360. Overall, Harrison has twice as much cash-on-hand as does Montelione : Harrison has more than $128,000, while Montelione has $63,931. Montelione current serves as the Tampa…

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Rena Frazier gets the backing of Les and Gwen Miller in her HD 59 contest

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Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller and his wife, former Tampa City Councilwoman Gwen Miller, are backing Democrat Rena Frazier in the HD 59 race. Frazier, a Brandon-based attorney, is running in a competitive Democratic primary against Brandon-based school teacher Naze Sahebzamani on Aug. 30. Frazier has raised more than three times as much campaign cash as Sahebzamani has in the campaign. At the end of May, Frazier had raised more than $94,000, Sahebzamani more than $28,000. “Rena Frazier has proven her leadership and commitment to her…

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Dick Greco is backing Shawn Harrison in the HD 63 race

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Battling in an extremely competitive election this fall against Lisa Montelione, House District 63 Republican Representative Shawn Harrison has procured another Democrat to back his re-election campaign. It’s former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco. “I’ve had the honor to serve our city and region for four terms as Mayor, over several decades. During that time, I’ve had the privilege to work with some outstanding and selfless men and women who represented their constituents with honor, dignity, and tenacity,” Greco said in a statement.…

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Mike Reedy drops out of HD 63 race, meaning Lisa Montelione wins Democratic primary

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One of the few Hillsborough County Democratic primaries in the state legislature, the House District 63 race between Lisa Montelione and Mike Reedy, ended Friday when Reedy dropped out of the contest. “I wanted to personally let you know that today I have decided to end my campaign for State House,” said Reedy, an organizer with Equality Florida, stated in a message to supporters. “When I began this campaign it was because I felt Tampa deserved an advocate in Tallahassee — someone who would fight for…

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Joe Henderson: When political opportunity knocks, Lisa Montelione gets busy

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You can never take a moment off in politics, so when Lisa Montelione saw an opportunity Tuesday morning, she got busy. A frisky black bear had climbed up a tree about two blocks from her home in north Tampa. While authorities worked to safely remove the animal, Montelione was thinking ahead. “I told them they better not harm a hair on that bear’s head. That’s a constituent,” she said with a laugh. “When they get him out of that tree,…

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