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SD 40 race could be Donald Trump test for Democrats

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Florida Democrats are facing a test to see whether anti-President Donald Trump politics will give them a boost ahead of a critical election year and perhaps signal a turnaround after two decades of Republican dominance in the Legislature. They’ve made Trump a focal point in a special election set for Tuesday to replace a Miami-area Republican state senator who resigned after using racial slurs in front of black colleagues. The Republican in the race, state Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz, was a contestant on…

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New mailer targets Jose Mallea over tax increases

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Miami Republican Jose Mallea is the target of a new mailer, which claims he helped usher in a massive tax increase during his time in city government. The mailer — which appears to be from Conservatives for Truth PC, a Coral Gables political committee — claims Mallea, who served as chief of staff to former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz played a role in “increasing taxes by $74 million on Miami residents.” “Jose Mallea helped usher in a massive windfall of…

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Frank Artiles maintains strong fundraising edge in SD 40

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Republican Rep. Frank Artiles held a strong fundraising edge in the SD 40 race with $183,000 on hand the week before Florida’s primary election. Although Artiles did not face a primary challenger, he brought in $25,720 and spent $48,450 between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25. Expenses mainly went toward canvassing and printing, including more than $20,000 in payments to Miami-based Green Point Group and another $6,500 to Doral-based Vision Concepts Ink. At the end of the reporting period, he had…

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Donald Trump seeks distance from donation supporting Pam Bondi

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Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks clarified details of the conversation one day after the Republican presidential candidate said he never spoke to Bondi about the issue, without providing specifics. Bondi, also a Republican, has endorsed Trump’s White House bid. “I never…

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Dwight Bullard says he plans to stay in Senate District 40 race

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Dwight Bullard is staying in District 40. Bullard, a Cutler Bay Democrat, said Friday he plans to stay in District 40, despite speculation that he may be mount a run in Senate District 38. In a statement Friday, Bullard said he is committed to the South Dade community, and couldn’t think of a “more rewarding areas to have the privilege of continuing to serve. “I’ve gone to elementary school in this District, graduated high school in this District, and I continue to…

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Frank Artiles tops $209K in 15 days in challenge to Dwight Bullard

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Rep. Frank Artiles quickly raised up a warchest in his campaign against incumbent Democrat Sen. Dwight Bullard last month. The Miami Republican brought in $209,669 during the month of March, despite a prohibition on fundraising during the Legislative Session which ended March 11. Bullard had not reported his most recent totals as of Monday afternoon, but has raised $68,518 for his 2016 reelection bid so far. The Artiles-Bullard fight in Miami-based SD 40 will likely be an expensive and hotly contested affair. Artiles’ campaign…

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