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GOP consultant Anthony Pedicini subject of direct mail attack in bitter HD 58 race

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Republican consultant Anthony Pedicini is the latest target of a negative mailer in the vitriolic House District 58 primary.

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Run-off elections prove fruitful for Tampa Democrats for second straight year

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Somewhat lost in the tumult over the infighting within the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee this week is the fact that for the second time in less than two years, a Democrat has been elected to the Tampa City Council in a run-off election after finishing a distant second in the initial election. Luis Viera’s win by 63 votes in the District 7 race  came four weeks after he finished 2,469 votes behind Jim Davison in the Nov.8 general election. “We had…

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Hillsborough GOP contributes $1K to Jim Davison’s Tampa City Council campaign. But is it legal?

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Although technically a nonpartisan board, party politics have been at play on who serves on the Tampa City Council for awhile. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the Hillsborough County Republican Party is backing Jim Davison in the District 7 race. However, its $1,000 contribution to his campaign may have gone too far. According to the Tampa City Charter, Section 8.19, “A candidate for municipal office shall not: 1) Campaign as a member of any political party; 2) Publicly represent or advertise as a member of any…

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Jackie Toledo files for Dana Young’s HD 60 seat

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Former Tampa City Council candidate Jackie Toledo is throwing her hat into the ring for House District 60, to succeed Republican Dana Young as she seeks a newly drawn Senate seat. Toledo, who narrowly lost the City Council District 6 seat in a runoff election against Guido Maniscalco last year, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon on her Facebook page. “After heavy consideration I have decided to announce my candidacy for State Representative, District 60,” Toledo writes. “I would like to…

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Jackie Toledo says not only did she lose, but so did Tampa

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Tuesday night’s election final between Jackie Toledo and Guido Maniscalco took a stunning turn at about 7:20 p.m. After the first results from early and absentee balloting showed Toledo holding on to an eight-percentage-point lead over Maniscalco, the second round of ballots cast (and the first from Election Day itself) showed Maniscalco making a major turn around. By around 8 p.m. it was all over, and the 30-year-old small businessman from West Tampa had taken in 151 more votes than…

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So much for that debate between Guido Maniscalco & Jackie Toledo

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s For those of you poised to sit back and watch Jackie Toledo and Guido Maniscalco battle it out for the first and only time in a debate five days before the District 6 Tampa City Council runoff election, you’re out of luck. There will be no debate tonight, after the League of Women Voters and Jackie Toledo backed out earlier this week. The issue is the neutrality of the moderator, Mario Nunez, the host of The Tampa Natives Show,…

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Jackie Toledo asks Hillsborough Republicans to help her ‘make history’

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There’s less than a week to go in the Tampa District 6 City Council runoff election, and though the race is officially non-partisan, both candidates are making a partisan pitch to their fellow party members. “We have a great opportunity in one week to make history. I could be the first Republican in District 6 to win this race,” Jackie Toledo told the dozens of members in attendance at the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee meeting Tuesday night at the…

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