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Aaron Darr used campaign funds for frequent travel

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Former Largo City Commission candidate Aaron Darr has been using campaign funds to travel all over the state as well as New York City and Washington D.C. Most recently Darr spent more than $400 in the Big Apple during the month of December. During that same period, Darr raised just $534. Only $35 of that came from donors in New York. Expenses listed on Darr’s latest campaign finance report suggest that he was in New York City for most of…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.27.16 – “Pastor Protection Act” moves through state Senate

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Observers of the state Legislature in Tallahassee will recall the backlash that ensued after the Florida House passed a measure last year that effectively codified existing law that same-sex couples could adopt. The bill, sponsored by Miami Beach Democrat Dave Richardson, ultimately made it through the Senate, but not before there was another measure sponsored in the House by Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur that would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples if they felt it compromised their faith or…

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Aaron Darr is dropping out of Largo City Commission race

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Aaron Darr is dropping out of the Largo City Commission District 3 contest. The 24-year-old first-time candidate entered the contest because he said he was determined to stop incumbent Curtis Holmes from being re-elected. Holmes is running for re-election in the race against Darr and Robert Avery. Now a fourth candidate, Neil McMullen, is about to enter the contest. That’s the reason Darr says he’s dropping out. Darr says he heard rumors last week that McMullen was about to enter the contest,…

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Largo City Commission incumbent decides to seek re-election amid Robert Avery extortion scandal

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Adding to the drama that plagued a Largo City Commission race this week is a new twist. Incumbent Commissioner Curtis Holmes now says he’s planning to run for re-election. Up until his announcement Wednesday, two candidates were vying for the seat he had planned to vacate and one of them was charged with extortion. Robert Avery was charged Monday with felony extortion after a threatening email sent to his opponent, 24-year old activist Aaron Darr, was traced back to Avery’s…

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Largo City Commission candidate denies sending threatening email to political opponent

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Largo City Commission District 3 candidate Robert Avery, who was arrested on Monday on a felony charge of extortion, is denying that he sent the threatening email to political opponent Aaron Darr in August, an email which led to his arrest. “I’ve never sent him an email. If I would, I’ll admit it,” Avery said Monday night, according to a report from Bay News 9. “Why do I need to threaten anybody to get anybody out of my way? Let the…

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Largo City Commission candidate charged with felony extortion

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A Largo City Commission candidate is in hot water after a threatening email sent to his opponent was traced back to him. Robert Avery allegedly sent an email to Aaron Darr threatening to release digitally acquired negative information about Darr unless he drops out of the race. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Avery is being charged with felony extortion. Largo police were able to trace the anonymous email’s IP address to Avery. The two candidates are running for Seat…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.12.15 — Hot fun in the summertime?

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Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the legendary Live-Aid concerts that took place in Philadelphia and London. One of the breakout stars of that historic occasion, Boy George, will apparently be in the Tampa Bay area this weekend. That’s right: Culture Club is headlining a group of ’80s and ’90s bands that will be playing all day this Saturday at R.O.C. Park, a new facility filled with softball parks located in Madeira Beach. I first heard of this show when listening to…

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