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Mitch Perry Report for 4.26.16 – Collusion politics

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Although registration for Republicans have surged in a number of states this primary season, the larger trend is that people are becoming more disaffected by our two major political parties, and signing up as independents. And with Democratic superdelegates on one side, and top ranking GOP officials seemingly doing whatever they can to try to legitimately deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination on the other, their brands are being further tarnished. Yesterday, Dwight Dudley announced the won’t run for re-election to his…

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Ben Diamond to run for Dwight Dudley’s seat in Florida House

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St. Petersburg based attorney Ben Diamond will run as a Democrat for the now open House District 68 seat later this year. In what appears to be a coordinated effort, Diamond made his announcement just hours after incumbent Dwight Dudley announced publicly that he would not run for the seat he has held since 2012. “I have long been committed to serving my community, and I am excited about the opportunity to represent the citizens of Pinellas County in Tallahassee,” Diamond said in a…

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Ken Welch to launch fourth re-election campaign

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Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is officially launching his re-election campaign next week. Welch will be meeting with supporters at the Hangar Restaurant located at 540 First Street SE Wednesday, February 10. Congresswoman Kathy Castor will be on hand as a special guest, though an invitation sent to prospective donors makes clear she “is not asking for funds or donations” as per campaign finance rules. Welch has already built an impressive host committee consisting of several current and former mayors.…

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Patrick Murphy visits Tampa Bay April 10 for Democratic meet-and-greet

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy visits Tampa Bay next week for a meet-and-greet with Democratic faithful to support his newly launched Senate bid. The event is Friday, April 10, at Mise en Place, 442 West Kennedy Blvd., between 4:30-6 p.m. With the expected April 13 announcement by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio that he is running for president in 2016, Murphy will immediately launch to the top tier of Democratic candidates seeking Rubio’s seat. Scheduled to appear are several of the region’s political…

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