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Blaise Ingoglia puts Florida GOP fundraising efforts in context

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Blaise Ingoglia wants to put the Florida GOP’s second quarter fundraising numbers into context, telling state Republicans that a number of factors, including the possibility of special sessions, contributed to the mediocre haul. Ingoglia, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a Spring Hill state representative, acknowledged that second quarter fundraising numbers “were not great,” but told committee members that those numbers were “not inconsistent with what has been raised in similar situations.” “What was completely glossed over…

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Jose Felix Diaz, six others qualify to run in SD 40 special election

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The race is set. State records show seven candidates — three Republicans, three Democrats and one no party affiliation candidate — have qualified to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. The one-day qualifying period was set to end at noon Wednesday for the special election. State records show Republicans Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, and Lorenzo Palomares; and Democrats Ana Rivas Logan, Steve Smith, and Annette…

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Pinellas County staff to answer questions on Penny for Pinellas program Monday

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Pinellas County staff will be on hand at Monday’s meeting of the Council of North County Neighborhoods to talk about the Penny for Pinellas program. Staff will discuss the one-cent sales tax, give a presentation on past projects funded by the program, and answer questions about projects being proposed for funding. Ideas for capital improvement in North Pinellas County are also welcome. The one-cent sales tax has been around since 1990 and is split between the county and the 24…

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John Morroni endorses Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council

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Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni endorsed Barclay Harless for the St. Petersburg City Council District 2 seat Monday. “In order to have seamless cooperation on big-ticket projects, we need elected officials who understand how the different layers of government interact. I was proud to appoint Barclay to the Pinellas Charter Review where he championed a ballot amendment—which ultimately passed countywide—that stipulates citizen-drawn redistricting for the County Commission. This is a testament to his work ethic and vision for our community.…

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Examining the expectations for Florida football teams in 2017

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If the early prognostications mean anything, then a level of success is going to surround the state of Florida in 2017. Most of the too-soon predictions for next season have FSU contending for a playoff spot. They think USF could have its best season ever. They think Florida and Miami will both be solid. The predictions come despite FSU losing Dalvin Cook, despite Florida losing much of its defense, despite USF losing Marlon Mack and despite UM losing Brad Kaaya.…

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Farewell, 2016: Report takes a look at New Year’s Eve traditions

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Spaniards try to gobble up 12 grapes at midnight. The Danes break dishes on their friends’ front doors. And here in the United States, we ring in the new year by drinking lots and lots of bubbly. According to WalletHub, Americans will drink more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine on New Year’s Eve. And where they drink it — and other holiday traditions — are part of a new report looking at how Americans “understand and enjoy the…

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Orlando, Miami ranked among top places for New Year’s Eve celebrations

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If you can’t make it to Times Square to ring in 2017, have no fear: The nation’s best place to party might be closer than you think. A new WalletHub report ranked Orlando as the best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. And the Central Florida city wasn’t the only Sunshine State city on the best list. Miami ranked No. 7, while Tampa landed in the No. 13 spot on the WalletHub list. The company compared the 100 biggest cities…

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