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Rick Scott: State offices closed Friday

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Gov. Rick Scott directed state offices to be closed in all 67 Florida counties this Friday in preparation for Hurricane Irma, his office announced Tuesday night. Scott also asked state employees to volunteer in the state’s emergency shelter mobilization efforts.

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Florida Wildlife officers save hundreds trapped by Harvey floods, rescue continues

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Florida volunteers have reached out to Texas in its time of need. The state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, including hundreds of volunteers from the Sunshine State, are continuing disaster response efforts in Texas, rescuing hundreds of people trapped by floodwater in the Houston area.

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Kevin Sweeny: Ground game — do or die

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In the election of 1840, Abraham Lincoln served as a Whig presidential elector in Illinois. In his push to elect the “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too” ticket, he sent a ten-point edict to all committee members containing a field plan of operations. Much has changed in the landscape of political campaigns since 1840, but the importance of a well-organized, strong field operation has never waned. It is a mainstay in the campaigning ecosystem and part of a successful formula to forge…

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Blaise Ingoglia: Want to be a delegate to the Republican convention?

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For the past several months voters across the country have witnessed and participated in one of the most competitive presidential primary elections the Republican Party has held in decades. While one of our candidates could still very likely reach the needed 1,237 delegate threshold to clinch the nomination, it is also possible that none of the candidates will obtain the required number of delegates, resulting in an open convention where delegates will play a key part. But who are these…

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A look back at the always quotable Steve Spurrier

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Steve Spurrier made college football news conferences – which can range from tedious to sleep-inducing – into must-see events. The Head Ball Coach had plenty of targets for his zingers. Back in his Florida days, it was Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. He tweaked NFL coaches for losing despite working around the clock. After he came to South Carolina, he also took aim at Clemson. Spurrier would sometimes put on a show. He faked his own arrest when star Jadeveon…

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Without job, but workin’ the campaign trail

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The New York Times has a story I’m surprised Alex Pickett hasn’t picked up on: Candidates for city office usually scrape by with traditional sorts of volunteers: college students, retirees, the occasional neighborhood activist. But this year, a different crowd is landing on their doorsteps: bankers, lawyers, accountants, real estate brokers and other highly credentialed professionals, all of whom have been laid off. They are flooding the offices of even the most obscure campaigns, looking for purpose and fighting off…

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What an active PCDEC could have done

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As I passed by the Saturday Morning Market and saw Scott Wagman’s hard-working volunteers continue to collect the requisite number of signatures from Saint Petersburg voters, a task which Jamie Bennett’s campaign only recently completed, I couldn’t help but wonder what a difference it would make if there was a more active, more politically astute Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee. Let’s say I was chair of the PCDEC, a terrifying thought to some, I am sure. But if I were…

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