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GOP voter registration trumps Democrats in Florida

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More Pinellas County residents changed their party affiliation to Republican than they did to become Democrats during the first six weeks of the year. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16 more than 4,200 voters changed their party to the GOP while only 3,825 changed their affiliation to Democrat. Voters had until Feb. 16 to change parties for that change to apply in the March 15 Presidential Preference Primary. That date is important because Florida is a closed primary state, meaning Democrats can only vote…

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will headline local GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will headline the Lincoln Day Dinner this year. The Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee announced the high-profile conservative as its keynote speaker for the group’s biggest annual fundraiser on Thursday. Haley most recently made news when she endorsed U.S. Senator Marco Rubio for president over former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “I am excited to have Nikki Haley as our keynote speaker,” said PCREC chair Nick DiCeglie. “There is no bigger rising star in the Republican…

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Pinellas GOP hosts inaugural Land O’ Lakes “shootout” and fundraiser

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Billed as the “First Annual Shootout,” the Pinellas County Republican Party and Executive Committee hosted local and state politicians as well as outdoors enthusiasts at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in Land O’ Lakes, days before Florida lawmakers return for its 60-day session. Organized by Matt Lettelleir, Director of Party Development for the PCRP and its Executive Committee, the event was the organization’s first official fundraiser for 2016. Lettelleir said the event’s purpose was multidimensional as an opportunity to raise…

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Tampa Bay area party chairs deal with Supreme Court ruling on redistricting

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With no official word in yet when the Florida Legislature will reconvene to begin the process of redrawing congressional districts, much of the Tampa Bay area political picture remains fuzzy 13 months from the 2016 primary elections. Most of the uncertainly resides in Pinellas County, where a newly created CD 13 district is expected to improve the odds of a Democrat taking control of the seat for the first time in generations. “We’re excited that the courts have taken a…

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Ed Montanari to host May 28 funder at St. Pete’s Green Bench Brewing

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St. Petersburg City Council hopeful Ed Montanari is calling on friends and supporters to join him Thursday, May 28, for a fundraiser in his District 3 campaign. The event begins 5:30 p.m. at the Green Bench Brewing Company, 1133 Baum Avenue, in St. Petersburg. Currently, the event’s host committee has a handful of Pinellas County’s top political and business leaders: state Sen. Jeff Brandes; lobbyist Alan Suskey; Riley Hansen and Lacy Maguire of Poli Solutions Consulting, area business executives Nick…

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Jeff Atwater, David Jolly star at Pinellas GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

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As one of the major counties along the I-4 corridor, Pinellas County will undoubtedly be a contested piece of real estate in choosing the next president of the United States, and ensuring that it goes for the GOP nominee is in 2016 is the number one goal for Pinellas Republican over the next 18 months, according to recently elected party chair Nick DiCeglie. The 2016 election was mentioned frequently during the course of the two and a half-hour Lincoln Day…

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