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Meet Christine Quinn, the woman who wants to take Kathy Castor’s job in Congress

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When conservatives claims the Democratic Party is anti-small business, they have no one better to champion that claim than Christine Quinn, the Republican businesswoman running against Kathy Castor in Florida’s 14th Congressional District this November. The Southern California native created My Family Seasonings in 2005, which began with a prime rib seasoning from her mother’s secret family recipe. She then quickly adding seafood, hamburger, poultry, wild game and most recently a meatloaf mix to her company’s list of products, and she’s flourished ever since. As her business…

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Patrick Murphy exaggeration storyline has been greatly exaggerated

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When it comes to the Patrick Murphy “OMG-he-exaggerated-his-resume” storyline, I am reminded of the story of the congressional aide who came storming into his boss’s office, “Mr. Chairman! Mr. Chairman! They’re lyin’ about your record!” “Calm down son. As long as they ain’t truthin’ about us.” When it comes to “truthin’” about Patrick Murphy, it now seems that the actual facts – as reviewed by PolitiFact – are far less sexy than the exaggerations. Look, all is fair in love,…

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Todd Wilcox kicks off his “Preserving Peace through Strength” statewide tour in Tampa

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GOP Senate candidate Todd Wilcox says his campaign strategy won’t change a bit if Marco Rubio enters the contest for the seat he gave up over a year ago to run for president. “There’s currently a contrast between me and all the other candidates in this crowded field, and that contrast is as stark between me and them as it will be between me and Marco Rubio,” says Wilcox. The former Iraq War veteran and CIA case officer kicked off his “Preserving Peace through Strength” tour on…

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PolitiFact will begin fact-checking posts, and publish rulings, on Medium

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Political spin may become a thing of the past on Medium, the blogging platform popular with candidates. PolitiFact, the fact-checking arm of the Tampa Bay Times, will soon start sifting through posts by politicians — and publishing rulings — on Medium, as a way to “bring voters the truth.” Medium, launched in August 2012 by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has become increasingly favored in political circles as a place to share content and promote analysis longer than 140 characters. Many White House…

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In Tampa, Alan Grayson attempts to woo local Democrats in his bid for Senate

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Nine days after Patrick Murphy spoke before hundreds of Hillsborough County Democrats at the party’s annual fundraising dinner, Alan Grayson got his shot on Monday night. Speaking to approximately 70 members of the party’s executive committee members at their monthly meeting at the Children’s Board in Ybor City, the Orlando congressman and top challenger to Murphy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate spoke and took questions for approximately 45 minutes. “A lot of people think it’s a club, like the…

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Alan Grayson’s first web ad pulled

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If you go back to our Tuesday story “Alan Grayson goes after Patrick Murphy’s voting record in web ad,” you won’t be able to click on the video located at the bottom of the post. That’s because the web ad has been pulled from YouTube. POLITICO’s Marc Caputo, who broke the story Friday morning, reports that a YouTube spokesman would only confirm that the Grayson campaign had taken down the ad. Grayson and Murphy are the top two contenders in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.23.15 — Will Rick Scott veto IMG Academy funding?

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Rick Scott has a week to sign the just passed $78.7 billion Florida budget, and he’s promising taxpayers that “I’m going to watch your money” as he reviews projects with his veto pen. The Legislature’s last-minute addition of $300 million in pet local projects (including for a USF medical facility moving to downtown Tampa) has caused outrage in some circles as an example of government not operating under the Sunshine, and no particular project has raised more ire than the $2 million allocated for…

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