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SD 19 candidates talk it out at Tampa Tiger Bay Forum

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Although the candidates for Florida’s 19th Senate District have engaged in numerous campaign forums over the past couple of months, Friday’s encounter at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club did offer some new wrinkles. One was the appearance of the lone Republican in the race, John Houman, who has carried such a light footprint to date in the campaign that Ed Narain joked that he didn’t know he actually existed. The other new element was watching Augie Ribeiro (twice) break into a not-so-terrible Bernie Sanders impression. The Democratic…

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Direct mail round-up: Flyer says Augie Ribeiro not a true Democrat, has no Florida law license

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Listen to Augie Ribeiro talk, hear his ads or read his campaign literature and two themes stand out: Ribeiro is an attorney who fights for the little guy and he’s the only “true Democrat” in the race for state Senate District 19. But a flyer that landed in Democratic mailboxes Monday — the first day of early voting in Pinellas — tells voters just to hold on. Ribeiro, it says, is not only not a true Democrat, he wasn’t even…

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Augie Ribeiro ups ante in SD 19, loans his campaign another $100K

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St. Petersburg Democrat Augie Ribeiro upped the ante in the four-way primary for Senate District 19 by tossing in another $100,000 of his own money at the beginning of August. The trial lawyer and CEO of Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith has now put more than $400,000 of his money into the campaign for the newly drawn district, which covers parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Outside of his money, Ribeiro picked up $4,800 in contributions between July 30 and Aug.…

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Ed Narain, Dianne Hart and Tom Scott among the winners of Hillsborough NAACP straw poll

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Ed Narain, Dianne Hart and Tom Scott were among the winners of a straw poll conducted Thursday night at the Hillsborough County’s branch of the NAACP community forum at Middleton High School. ‘Tis the season for straw polls, and just as the GOP-flavored Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce skewed heavily Republican in its results earlier this week, the NAACP contingent went heavily Democratic in their choices. In fact, not a single Republican won an individual race in the poll. Middleton High sits…

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Dick Greco backing Augie Riberio in SD 19 race

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Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, a registered Democrat who hasn’t made a habit out of endorsing other Democrats of late, did so on Thursday by announcing his support for civil justice lawyer Augie Ribeiro in the Senate District 19 race. “I know Augie Ribeiro well. I know his family, I know his values, and I know his heart,” said Greco in a statement issued by the Ribeiro campaign. “He has spent his life standing up for regular people and hardworking families,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.4.16 — Patrick Murphy shuts down the debate

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Well, so much for the free flow of ideas inside the Florida Democratic Party. Patrick Murphy announced yesterday he would not engage in any debates with Alan Grayson or Pam Keith in advance of the Aug. 30 Senate primary election, citing allegations of domestic abuse charged by Grayson’s ex-wife last week. “Over the last week, I have heard from many people, including survivors of domestic abuse, that Alan Grayson’s continued presence in this race is an insult to the countless Floridians whose lives have been…

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NRA sends out mailer calling on voters to support Darryl Rouson in SD 19 race

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(Updated) The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has sent out a mailer urging voters to support Darryl Rouson in the Florida Senate District 19 Democratic primary election later this month. The powerful gun lobbying group gives the St. Petersburg House Democrat a “C” grade in the primary election. That’s obviously better than the “F” grades it gives two of Rouson’s opponent in the race, House District 59 Representative Ed Narain and former state Representative Betty Reed. The NRA lists a question mark next to the fourth…

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