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2016 general election

Almost 50,000 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned

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Nearly 50,000 vote-by-mail ballots already have been returned out of the 2.7 million requested for the November general election. Tuesday’s tally, exactly 48,331, was posted on the state’s Division of Elections website. That includes ballots to service members and others outside the country. Registered Republicans lead in voted ballots to Democrats by 21,027 to 18,421, a gap of 2,606. Other party and no-party voters have returned another 8,883 ballots. Pinellas far outpaces all other counties, with 12,014 voted ballots having been returned, the website shows. In second place…

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Ken Detzner releases state’s Voter Education Toolkit

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Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day in Florida, Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced. Detzner released the 2016 edition of the state’s Voter Education Toolkit “to make sure that voters have the resources they need and to encourage 100 percent voter participation in Florida,” he said. This year’s toolkit, available at YourVoteFlorida.com, now includes: — “Quick Facts” about the General Election for voters. — An infographic depicting the timeline of key upcoming election dates and deadlines. — Logos and social media banners using the department’s branded…

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Wengay Newton touches on Tallahassee plans in HD 70 campaign

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Wengay Newton didn’t shy away from discussing his Tallahassee plans during an April 12 reception for his House District 70 campaign. “I want to try and promote good legislation,” the former St. Petersburg City Councilman said in his opening remarks. “And any bad legislation, I want to try and get that amended.” From there he went into specifics, first touching on what he sees as an outdated dollar amount assigned to Florida’s felony grand theft law. As state law now stands,…

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Donald Trump promises to make U.S. “greater than ever before” in new ad

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Donald Trump is out with a new advertisement,  promising to fix the country’s problems. The 30-second spot — dubbed “Our Country” — features a clip of the New York businessman at a rally. “We are going to take our country and we’re going to fix it. We’re going to make it great again,” he is shown saying in the advertisement. “We are going to take care of our vets. We are going to fix our military. We are going to strengthen…

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In Pinellas Property Appraiser race, Mike Twitty continues to increase fundraising lead over Jim Frishe

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Thanks to a $10,000-plus fundraising month in November, Pinellas Property Appraiser hopeful Mike Twitty now has a total of $95,765 in his campaign bank. Twitty’s new contribution total — released by the Supervisor of Elections last night — puts him almost $60,000 ahead of his lone competitor, fellow Republican and former House Rep. Jim Frishe, who raised $1,240 in November, bringing his current fundraising total up to exactly $37,145. Of Frishe’s 10 donations last month, the largest was for $500.…

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Charlie Justice racks-up over $16,000 in donations during first full month of re-election campaign

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The two-person race for Pinellas County Commission’s District 3 seat just got a little richer. Incumbent Charlie Justice‘s November fundraising figures were published today by the Supervisor of Elections. And in what was his first full month of campaigning, Justice brought-in approximately $16,117 on 72 unique contributions. In total, Justice received four of the maximum allowable $1,000 donations, 12 $500 donations, 12 donations for between $200 and $300, and 16 donations for between $100 and $125. The remaining 28 donations…

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Mike Mikurak now with over $53K raised for Pinellas Commission run

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November wasn’t the biggest fundraising month for Pinellas County Commission candidate Mike Mikurak, but it was the month that saw his campaign donation total surpass the $50,000 mark. After reeling-in nearly $6,000 last month — according to the supervisor of elections’ most recent candidate finance reports — Mikurak, a 61-year-old Republican from St. Petersburg, has now raised approximately $53,239 for his cause. Exactly 23 unique contributions made up those November dontions. One was for the maximum allowable $1,000, five were…

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