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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘this place is the best’ edition

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Besides, maybe, New York City or Washington, D.C., there really is no better place from which to write about politics than Tampa Bay. One reason is that there are so many competitive congressional and legislative seats in the region. And what’s spent to win those seats is oftentimes as much as the amount spent to win other state’s U.S. Senate seats. These seats are competitive because Hillsborough and Pinellas remain “purple” seats in an era when more and more counties…

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David Jolly headlining fundraiser for House candidate Berny Jacques this Thursday

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Although the 2018 election is more than a year-and-a-half away, House District 66 candidate Berny Jacques is working hard to procure support well in advance of the campaigning for his first run for public office. On Monday, City of Seminole Councilmember Trish Springer announced that she is backing Jacques in the race to succeed Republican Larry Ahern, who is term limited out next year. “Berny has done a great job serving on the City of Seminole Developmental Review Board,” Springer said in a…

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Glen Gilzean backing Berny Jacques in HD 66 race in 2018

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A week after the Pinellas County Young Republicans endorsed his candidacy for the House District 66 in 2018, Berny Jacques announced Wednesday that he has received the endorsement of former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean.  “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Berny both on a personal level and as a grassroots conservative leader,” said Gizean on Wednesday. “As a former Pinellas County School Board member, I am confident that Berny will pursue policies that strengthen our public schools while…

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Pinellas Young Republicans make early endorsement of Berny Jacques in HD 66 race

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Are you ready for endorsements for the 2018 election cycle? Ready or not, the Pinellas County Young Republicans have voted unanimously to get behind one of their own, unanimously endorsing attorney Berny Jacques in the race for House District 66. That’s the seat that’s currently occupied by Seminole Republican Larry Ahern, but will be come vacant next year as term limits will prohibit him from running again next year. Jacques served as president of the Pinellas Young Republicans from 2013 to 2015.…

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Pinellas GOP chief Nick DiCeglie confirms he will run for Florida House

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Nick DiCeglie confirmed Wednesday he is running for House District 66 in 2018. The Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman will make a formal announcement sometime this spring.  When asked if he would run for office, DiCeglie told FloridaPolitics.com: “I’m really focused right now on my duties as chairman.” But with nearly a year and a half before the GOP primary, DiCeglie is in no hurry to file. “I certainly would like to make an official announcement in the next several months,” he…

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Nick DiCeglie blasts Darryl Rouson’s Electoral College reform bill

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The Pinellas County Republican Party chair is castigating Democratic state Sen. Darryl Rouson over his proposal to change the Electoral College. Rouson, of St. Petersburg, told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday that he plans to file a bill to “require the state’s presidential electors to vote for the winner of the national popular vote.” The bill, which has virtually no chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Legislature, had not been filed as of midday Thursday. Nick DiCeglie called on the Pinellas County…

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Donald Trump wins all votes of Florida’s Electoral College

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As expected, Florida’s 29 Republican members of the Electoral College on Monday cast their vote for Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. The electors are among Florida’s most loyal Republicans. They were chosen by the state GOP and approved by Gov. Rick Scott. The votes were cast as dozens of protesters hollered and chanted against Trump in the Capitol rotunda. Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by Scott, presided over the highly-scripted and generally…

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