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Gwen Graham contributes $1,000 to Lisa Montelione in her bid for State House 63

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Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione is the first of three major candidates vying for the House District 63 seat to report fundraising totals from April, bringing in $19,490, her highest fundraising month to date. Among those contribution $1,000 to her campaign last month was Cigar City Brewing founder Joey Redner, as well as his wife Jennifer. And a look further back into the Tampa Democrat’s contributions to date include a $1,000 check received in late February from none other than Gwen Graham, the Tallahassee Congresswoman who recently…

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Where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay area 2016 House races

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Three of the five Senate races in Hillsborough or Pinellas County feature an incumbent running without opposition. In a fourth race – the one for Senate District 18 – Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young has no challenger yet, although a Democrat is expected to file next week. As of April, SD 19 is the only Bay area seat with more than one candidate. The majority-minority seat covers parts of west Hillsborough and the southern tip of Pinellas, and is somewhat analogous to the seat currently held…

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Shawn Harrison leads HD 63 race in fundraising

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(UPDATED) The Hillsborough County area House District 63 seat is one of those swing districts that Florida Democrats think and hope that they can switch in November. The power of incumbency is helping Shawn Harrison, the GOP incumbent in the race, to maintain financial dominance over the two Democrats vying to get the chance to succeed him. Harrison has raised at total of $113,535 for the seat he originally won in 2010, lost to Democrat Mark Danish in 2012, and won back in…

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Lisa Montelione blasts opponent Shawn Harrison’s anti-abortion House vote

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Florida House of Representatives candidate Lisa Montelione is criticizing her opponent, incumbent Representative Shawn Harrison, for his “direct attack” on women’s health. Harrison was one of nine Republicans in the House to vote for House Bill 1411 in the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee. The bill would block public funding to any health care facilities that also provide abortions. “Yesterday’s vote by Shawn Harrison was a direct attack on health care access for the women of Florida and is part of a…

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Shawn Harrison killing it in fundraising so far in HD 63 race

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Fundraising totals for what should be the ultracompetitive House District 63 seat were reported on Monday, and so far GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison is dominating the financial arms race over the two Democrats who have entered the contest. Harrison, obviously primed for a serious challenge come November, has now raised over $100,000, in the race ($100,300 to be precise), including an impressive $31,700 in December, often considered to be a slow month for fundraising. “Thank you all for all of your help…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.1.15 — Corizon Health Care terminates contract with Florida prisons. That’s not a bad thing

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If you don’t know of anyone who is caught up in the Florida corrections system, stories about the care of prisoners may not matter much to you at all. But they have been disturbing, particularly regarding the state of health care for those who incarcerated. Rick Scott ran for office in 2010 promising to privatize health care in the corrections system in Florida, and that finally happened in October of 2013, when Corizon Health Care took over (along with Wexford…

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Lisa Montelione feels confident in HD 63 Democratic primary versus Mike Reedy

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Lisa Montelione said it was “excruciatingly hard” to decide to give up her Tampa City Council seat next year, but that’s what will happen now that she’s decided to run for the Florida Legislature in 2016. She’ll take on fellow Democrat Mike Reedy in the House District 63 primary next August, with the winner to face GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison in November. Regarding that primary race against Reedy, Montelione said simply, “I will win.” The Hillsborough County-based seat is one…

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