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David Jolly crashes Charlie Crist announcement, denounces him as a “huckster”

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Although Charlie Crist has always been an ambitious pol looking forward to advance his career, most Republicans in Florida took little issue with that until they had the choice to support him or a more conservative Republican in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. Their support for Marco Rubio grew so strong in early 2010 that the then current GOP Governor realized that he was likely to lose, and left the party to run as an independent to Rubio, only to lose…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.8.15 — Will the Hillsborough BOCC have the votes to put transportation tax on ballot?

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Watching the Hillsborough County Commission yesterday discuss the latest with the Go Hillsborough effort was a fascinating glimpse of where this experience may be heading. The headline was that the Board of County Commissioners beat back a feeble attempt to remove Sheriff David Gee’s office from investigating the charges on how consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff  received its $1.35 million contract to lead the effort on transportation that the county has been undertaking the past two years. The board also rejected Commissioner Stacy White’s call…

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Activists determined to have Bill Young’s name removed from USF building

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Members from the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society aren’t backing down from their call that USF President Judy Genshaft change the name of C.W. Bill Young Hall. Activists want the late Pinellas County congressman’s name removed from the building that houses the USF ROTC program over Young’s involvement with the Johns Committee in the early 1960s. The group worked to identify gay students and faculty on the USF campus and other public universities in Florida. In…

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David Jolly says competitive districts can fix Washington dysfunction

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David Jolly says he believes he has the antidote for what ills Washington, but believes that at least in his particular case, the Florida Fair Districts amendments and the Florida Supreme Court helped derail that remedy. Speaking at the Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon in Clearwater on Monday, the Pinellas County representative said that more lawmakers need to reside in competitive congressional districts like the CD 13 seat he currently occupies, but is leaving next year to run for U.S. Senate. He says working in…

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Mary Mulhern ‘investigating’ a run for Pinellas County CD 13 seat

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Former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern says she is “investigating” running for political office in 2016, and that includes the possibility of moving to Pinellas County this summer to compete for the CD 13 congressional seat currently held by Republican David Jolly. “I’ve been crunching numbers for months, and networking, and talking to people at all levels of government in Pinellas County, and here (in Hillsborough County), so it’s a definite possibility,” Mulhern told Florida Politics on Thursday night. “But…

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How the CD 13 race might shake out if David Jolly opts to run for Florida Senate in ’16

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Although David Jolly has now publicly stated that he won’t make an official decision about leaving his congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate until the 4th of July holiday, you can bet that he and his advisers are weighing the pros and cons of such a decision right now. One of his calculations simply has to be who might he be running against in a GOP primary. The other candidates in the mix: Fellow Florida U.S. Reps. Ron…

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Democrat Eric Lynn is running against David Jolly in 2016

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Eric Lynn, a senior Obama administration adviser in the Defense Department, has declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Florida District 13 next year. That’s the seat currently occupied by Republican incumbent David Jolly, who was initially elected last spring in a special election to succeed the late Bill Young. “I’m running for Congress to fight for good-paying jobs and the pathways to bring them about — currently blocked by politics and politics alone,” Lynn told Adam…

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