Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

2016 state House races

More than two dozen Florida House members re-elected without opposition

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

As of close of business for the state Division of Elections, it appears candidates in some 29 state House seats — nearly a quarter of the 120-member body — are already headed to Tallahassee. About 15 Republicans and 14 Democrats will have no need for a campaign manager this election cycle, according to a preliminary review of new state data. Big names among those newly elected include Speaker-to-be Richard Corcoran, who will return to his House District 37 with no opposition, and Democratic…

Keep Reading

Kathleen Peters to hold St. Pete fundraiser with Jeff Brandes

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Rep. Kathleen Peters will look to infuse her House District 69 re-election campaign with a festive, craft beer-fueled fundraiser on Tuesday. The Gulfport lawmaker will be hosted by fellow Pinellas Republican, Sen. Jeff Brandes at the Green Bench Brewing Company in St. Pete on Tuesday, June 21. Peters is seeking a third term in the House in a moderate swing seat. She drew a Democratic challenger in Jennifer Webb in April, but expects local GOP support to rally around her. The HD 69 seat includes Gulfport, Madeira Beach, Pinellas Park, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach,…

Keep Reading

Democrats’ problems ousting Manny Diaz in HD 103 about to get worse

in Peter by

In a way, House District 103 is the Democrats’ Moby Dick. The younger-skewing, heavily Hispanic district spanning parts of Miramar, Hialeah Gardens, and Medley elected President Barack Obama by a 10+ point margin in 2012. The HD 103 seat straddles Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, places Democrats need to plant their flag and hang their hats big-time if they’re ever going to get anything close to a majority again in Tallahassee. Even CFO Alex Sink — a Tampa Bay politician with a Southern accent — got…

Keep Reading

Edward James cracks $300K in HD 72 campaign, Alex Miller brings in $28K for May

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Democrat Edward James surpassed the $300,000 mark during May fundraising in his campaign for House District 72, newly released campaign finance data shows. James brought in $4,190 through his campaign account and $23,500 through an affiliated political committee, for a total of $305,328 raised overall since he joined the HD 72 race in June of 2015. Of that, some $263,000 remain on hand for the first-time candidate. Republican Alex Miller, meanwhile brought in $28,907 last month, bring her total fundraising to $89,782. $50,000 of…

Keep Reading

State architects’ group endorses Rebecca Smith in HD 60

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Tampa businesswoman Rebecca Smith snagged an endorsement in her race for House District 60 on Wednesday, courtesy of the Florida Architects’ Political Action Committee. “FAPAC is honored to offer its support and endorsement of Rebecca Smith to become the District 60 Representative to the Florida State Legislature,” said Mickey Jacob, an AIA Florida member and past president of the national AIA. “Architecture is one of the most highly regulated and complex professions. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Rebecca has a deep…

Keep Reading

Florida firefighters’ union endorses Chris Latvala in HD 67

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

Largo Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced Tuesday that he has picked up an endorsement from the Florida Professional Firefighters in his  re-election campaign. “We commend you on your willingness to run for and serve in public office, and because of that, the Florida Professional Firefighters wish to endorse and support your campaign for re-election to the Florida House of Representatives, District 67,” FPF President Jim Tolley said. “We believe that you will continue to honorably serve the citizens of Florida, and the interests of the…

Keep Reading

Update on the money race in in Tampa Bay legislative races

in Peter/Top Headlines by

Six months out from Election Day, the Senate seats races in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are in much the same condition they were in March. Republican Sens. Jeff Brandes, Jack Latvala, Tom Lee and Bill Galvano are still running unopposed in their newly redrawn districts, and in SD19 first-term Rep. Ed Narain continues to build on his fundraising lead over fellow Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson and former Rep. Betty Reed. The only major change on the Senate side since March was the May 2…

Keep Reading

1 2 3 8
Go to Top