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CD 15 hopeful Greg Pilkington believes 2018 will be big for Democrats — including himself

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is one of a handful of aspiring Democrats who have filed to challenge Dennis Ross in Florida’s 15th Congressional District next year. Nevertheless, Pilkington may be the best organized of the bunch at this early point in the election cycle. Since entering the race, he’s hired some political pros to help him in his attempt to win the crowded Democratic primary next summer. That includes campaign manager Stephen Madden, Blue Ticket Consulting’s Tom Alte as his campaign finance fundraising director, Laura Williams as his communications director, and Phyllis…

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Some of CD 15 candidate Jim Lange’s website language is very similar to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s

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Democrat Jim Lange is in an uphill battle to defeat Republican incumbent Dennis Ross in Florida’s 15th Congressional District. Though there hasn’t been much public polling on the race, Ross defeated the last Democrat he faced, Alan Cohn, by nearly 20 percentage points in 2014. Lange is running as a progressive in the Polk/Hillsborough county-based district, and has been called by some supporters as being “in the mold of Bernie Sanders.” Some of the language listed on his website also appears to be in the mold –…

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CD 16 Democrats Brent King and Jan Schneider insist they have a chance against Vern Buchanan this fall

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Brent King and Jan Schneider, the two Democrats running this month in Florida’s 16th Congressional District primary, are disputing the notion that they have no chance to defeat GOP incumbent Vern Buchanan in November. The two Democrats were interviewed live in a debate on Wednesday night on WWSB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Sarasota. “Vern Buchanan is defeatable,” Schneider told anchor Alan Cohn. Schneider, 68, is an attorney who previously ran for the congressional seat on four different occasions from 2002-2008. “This is a very odd election year,”…

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CD 15 Democratic candidate Jim Lange finds it rough going in trying to defeat an entrenched incumbent

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(UPDATED) Lutz business consultant Jim Lange is learning the hard way why incumbent members of the House of Representatives get elected on average more than 96 percent of the time. The first-time Democratic candidate is challenging three-term incumbent Republican Dennis Ross in Florida’s 15th Congressional District, and he’s not doing all that great right now. “Overwhelmed,” “frustrating,” and “humbling” are some of the words he uses to describe life on the campaign trail as an unknown challenger with limited campaign funds against a well known incumbent.…

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Reporter Alan Cohn returns to investigative journalism with WWSB-TV newscast

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After taking a stab at Congress last year, Alan Cohn is revisiting his more-familiar career: investigative journalism. WWSB-TV, Sarasota’s ABC affiliate, announced the longtime Tampa Bay reporter, and former congressional candidate, will lead a new 7 p.m. newscast with a political slant. According to Cohn, “ABC 7 News at 7:00” will center on long-form reporting on a topic of the day, including live, round-table discussions with community leaders, legislators and newsmakers. “We’re going to do news headlines to catch people up who…

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