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Nick DiCeglie: “I’m casting my vote for Donald Trump”

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Just in case there was any doubt, Electoral College member Nick DiCeglie says yes, he’s still voting for President-elect Donald Trump. The Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman spoke with reporters Sunday night before Monday’s Electoral College meeting in the Capitol. He’s also sure none of his colleagues will be defecting, either. “The state party selects all the electors and they do that very carefully,” DiCeglie said. “I have 100 percent confidence that Donald Trump will get 29 electoral votes tomorrow,” the number of Florida’s GOP…

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Deb Tamargo battles Jonny Torres for future control of Hillsborough County Republican Party

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November 8 was a pretty great night for Florida Republicans. For the first time since 2004, the Sunshine State went red in the presidential race; Marco Rubio easily won re-election in his race for the U.S. Senate. And despite the redistricting of every state Senate seat, the GOP lost no seats in the Legislature’s upper chamber. One not so bright place for the GOP was in Hillsborough County, where Hillary Clinton won decisively against Donald Trump, putting a dent into the county’s reputation as a reliable bellwether for the presidential race.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.14.16 – Fun with Guccifer 2.0

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Over the summer, a hacker who went by the nom de guerre of Guccifer 2.0 began distributing internal documents from the Democratic National Committee to a variety of reporters and bloggers here in Florida. I was one of those recipients. I bring that up this morning because of the story in Wednesday’s NY Times , which revisits the issue, and highlights the document dumps in the CD 26 Democratic primary between Annette Taddeo and Joe Garcia. And it reviews the correspondence between Guccifer 2.0 and a blogger who…

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Pinellas GOP, Democrats poised to elect party leaders this Monday night

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When it comes to drama with their upcoming party reorganization meetings taking place next week, Pinellas County Republicans and Democrats have nothing on their Hillsborough County brethren. This coming Monday night, the local executive committees for the Republican and Democratic Parties in Pinellas County will be voting for their party leaders, and in both cases, it doesn’t appear to be many changes at hand – at least not yet. Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee Chair Susan McGrath is running to serve a second…

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David Jolly’s call for expanded early voting sites not shared by Pinellas GOP

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The Charlie Crist–David Jolly matchup is one of the most keenly observed congressional races in the country. And while the two continue to engage in strong partisan rhetoric against each other, they did come together in common cause this week in calling on Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark to expand the number of early voting sites. However, Clark still isn’t interested. “She feels as though that our election plan provides equal ballot access to all Pinellas County voters,” said Jason Latimer, a spokesperson for the…

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Pinellas Democrats’ office gets tongue-in-cheek beautification gift from Republicans

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Who says bipartisanship is dead in Pinellas County? On Friday morning, members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Board delivered potted flowers, via courier, to the Pinellas County Democratic Party headquarters located at ‪2250 1st Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. “After our incredibly successful Reagan Day Dinner last night with Gov. Rick Scott, we felt that our centerpieces should not go to waste,” said Pinellas Republican Party Chairman Nick DiCeglie. “After learning about the Pinellas Democrats desperate need to improve their landscaping, we…

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Pinellas Democratic Party withdraws CRA grant application after GOP attack

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After being attacked by their Republican counterparts, the Pinellas Democratic Executive committee announced on Thursday that it will not accept the $531 grant they received to install native plants around its headquarters on 2250 1st Avenue North in St. Petersburg. The grant came via a $338,000 appropriation that the St. Pete City Council made to organizations inside the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to improve and enhance their buildings. “Donald Trump isn’t the only bully within the Republican Party and…

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