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Jonny Torres to challenge Deb Tamargo for chair of Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee

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Jonny Torres, currently vice chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, has announced he will challenge incumbent chair Deborah Tamargo when the party holds elections next month. Although the GOP had a big night nationally and in Florida last week, Torres said the results out of Hillsborough were disappointing, and he believes it’s time for a change in leadership. “Today, we bear little resemblance to the organization we once were,” Torres wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Those of you…

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Mayors take to the highway to boost Florida’s African American vote

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A “Souls to the Polls Train” pulled into Tallahassee Saturday, bearing a predominantly African American collection of mayors to encourage Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers and mobilize minority voters for the Nov. 8 general election. Actually, it was a big blue motor coach that pulled up outside state party headquarters at noon, after participating in Florida A&M University’s homecoming parade. Reinforcing the mayors were members of the Congressional Black Caucus. “It’s all about energizing our base. Going out to energize voters…

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African-American mayors bring a message to St. Pete and Tampa: Vote for Hillary

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As the election enters the homestretch, a group of African-American mayors and former mayors from across the U.S. have jumped on the bus for Hillary Clinton — literally. They’re taking a bus around Florida on the “Souls to Polls Train” to take a message to the African-American and Latin communities in particular — elect Hillary. “Her message is the message of hope,” Philip Levine, mayor of Miami Beach, said Friday. If elected, the mayors said, Clinton will help hopes come true with…

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The 5 most disappointing Florida politicians of 2015

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As much as we would like to think otherwise, in politics, not everyone can be a winner. To put it another way, as Judge Smails did in the eminently quotable Caddyshack: “The world needs ditch-diggers, too.” Few will disagree that 2015 was a particularly fertile political year, one that produced a bumper crop of political disappointments – that’s what we get when the Legislature meets almost unceasingly in special session because it cannot agree on much of anything. Of course, the key word in this analysis…

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Corrine Brown’s federal lawsuit “has very little chance of succeeding”

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is pursuing a federal lawsuit, Brown v. Detzner, in the wake of the Florida Supreme Court’s approval of a redrawn congressional map for the state. Brown, along with the Congressional Black Caucus, argue that the change means “substantial retrogression” for African-American communities, along with significant dilution of the black vote in her district. The ruling changes Brown’s district considerably, reshaping it from one that snakes southward from Jacksonville down to Orlando, to an east-west configuration, going from…

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Former state GOP chairman elected Jacksonville mayor

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry defeated Democratic incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown on Tuesday with help from powerful friends like Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush. Curry was able to tap into friendships he earned while leading the state GOP as well as party resources to defeat Brown, who four years ago became Jacksonville’s first black mayor and the first Democrat to win the position in 20 years. Brown narrowly won office then by positioning himself…

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Momentum turns toward GOP in Jax election afternoon update

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At the halfway point in Jacksonville’s municipal election, the most recent voter updates shows momentum beginning to turn toward Republican mayoral candidate Lenny Curry. Curry, the former chair of the Repubblican Party of Florida, is in a tight battle with incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown. According to a statewide business association that is closely following the race, Election Day started with Democrats enjoying a partisan advantage of 5.2 percent. By 9:30 am, that lead dropped to 4.2 percent. As of 1:30 p.m.,…

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