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Respected Republican leader Nick DiCeglie announces HD 66 run

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Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman Nick DiCeglie says he’s entering the 2018 race for House District 66. DiCeglie, who announced his candidacy in a Tuesday press release, joins Berny Jacques in the GOP primary for the western Pinellas County seat, which covers Clearwater, Indian Shores and Largo. The current HD 66 officeholder – state Rep. Larry Ahern, a Seminole Republican – is term-limited next year.

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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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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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In a nutshell, why I think Charlie Crist lost the Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot

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Update: 9:53 a.m. – Crist brushes off straw poll loss: “It’s such a small number compared to the electorate,” he said. Crist said he probably wouldn’t have touted the results even if he had won. “I touted some of them in 1998 when I won and I know what that result was (he lost to Democratic Sen. Bob Graham), so I don’t put much stock in them,” he said Let’s not forget how ecstatic Crist was in 2006 when he…

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St. Petersburg Times’ political editor Adam Smith fails to give credit where credit is due

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Two similar national stories about altered photos of Barack Obama, each with a local connection, have captivated both the traditional media and the blogosphere. The first centered around St. Petersburg’s Dr. David McKalip’s e-mailing of a photoshopped picture of Obama depicted as a witch-doctor, the second was about Florida state Rep. Darryl Rouson’s denouncement of the posting on the Pinellas County Republican Party’s Facebook page of a widely disseminated image of Barack Obama painted in whiteface, supposedly to look like a…

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