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On Endorsements

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Are endorsements helpful in state legislative races? Of course they are. When one candidate earns a majority of endorsements, like Charles Gerdes has in the Democratic Primary for House District 53, then that has to count for something. Often, though, the slate of endorsements are spread out among each of the candidates in a race. The Realtors endorsed this candidate, the PBA endorsed that candidate and so on. Sometimes, a candidate wins all of the “Democratic” endorsements, like ones from…

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Pleasantville and the St. Pete Pride Parade

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It just so happened that I was reading this article about religious protesters marching through the crowd at Saturday’s St. Pete Pride festival at the same time I was watching the movie Pleasantville, a “kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.” I can’t help but draw a comparison between the ignorant trouble-makers that showed up to protest the Pride Festival…

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Jack Day to run for Circuit Judge

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Prominent lawyer Jack Day is contacting supporters to let him know that he intends to run for the new Circuit Judge seat created by the Legislature. Day had originally said he would run for County Judge, but changed his mind probably because a woman has filed in both of the newly created County Judgeships; women have won 17 of the last 19 competitive judicial races.

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Flash: Carrie Wadlinger is calling for support

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Just got off the phone with two Pinellas DEC members who tell me that Carrie Wadlinger is calling the membership to ask if they would support her if she decides to run again for chair. Wadlinger resigned last month as chair of the PDP, but has since had second-thoughts about her decision.

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Wayne Garcia — the PoHo — screwed up

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If he was still in the political consulting business, Wayne Garcia would probably be the busiest guy in town right now. He was at the top of his game before he left the business to write for The Weekly Planet and teach at UF. Of all the pros in the local political scene, I respect Wayne’s opinion probably the most because he’s independent enough to not snowjob every story. That said, Wayne Garcia, the self-titled Political Whore or PoHo, screwed…

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Good times in the ‘burg!

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My best friend Mark left today after a two-week vacation. As always, we had a great time. Whether we were out and about in downtown St. Pete or chillin’ with Sherwin in Tampa, we always know how to have a good time. And if I could only record some of our conversations and podcast them; they’re just that interesting. Now that Mark’s left, I wanted to take a moment and brag (again) about how great the ‘burg is. To think…

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A tale of two events for Tampa

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If Tampa lands the 2008 Republican National Convention, the city will face playing host to two massive events just five months apart. The Super Bowl will come to Tampa in February 2009. The GOP confetti-fest is slated for September 2008. Can one city handle so much love? The GOP convention site selection committee in April posed just that question to a delegation pushing to bring the Republicans to Tampa. “We responded and said we thought it would be a good…

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