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Contrary to DCCC claims, David Jolly says he’s concerned about the high cost of attending college

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Since the 1970s, tuition rates have risen over 1,000 percent, while state funding of universities has declined by 40 percent. And the proportion of young Americans with education debt more than quadrupled, from 5 percent to 22 percent. Pinellas County Republican David Jolly says student debt is a serious issue, and he wants to find a way to help stem the tide. In fact, he told Florida Politics on Monday that he supports Pell Grants, and is open to a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.17.15 — David Jolly to get a challenger?

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Happy St. Patrick Day to you and  yours. Well, it was quite a busy Monday. There were a number of stories I reported on yesterday, but none bigger locally than this: the Pinellas County Democratic Party already has one more candidate to challenge David Jolly in 2016 than they did last year. He’s Eric Lynn, and he’s definitely going to run for the Democratic nomination in the CD13 contest. (Check that. On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for Lynn told Florida Politics that…

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#3 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — David Jolly

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The Pinellas County Republican has been an activism-oriented congressman since winning the special election to succeed the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young . Called “the most underestimated man in America” by GOP consultant Chris Ingram regarding public perception of him going into last year’s special election, the 42-year-old lawmaker has demonstrated quickly since being elected how seriously he takes his positions. He recently proposed a bill that had no chance of passage, yet amply demonstrated his priorities. That legislation: a proposal that would…

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#8 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Jack Latvala

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His reputation as a power broker of sorts took a hit last year, when his favored candidate to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, Kathleen Peters, failed to make it out of a GOP primary. But he remains an influential figure in the Florida Senate and with his considerable legislative experience, he hasn’t given up hope of becoming Senate president in 2017. Jack Latvala has championed the burgeoning craft beer industry’s growth in Pinellas County, and last December (once again) introduced…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/28)

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I’m not the only blog-reporter upset with the St. Petersburg Times and the way it interacts with the online community.  Last week, I shared a drink at St. Pete Brasserie with Elizabeth Dougherty of Eat St. Pete and Brian Bailey of I Love the ‘burg.  Both talked about something I have complained about for over a year: The Times‘ blatant thievery of scoops and stories that begin in the blogosphere. Dougherty specifically mentioned how the Times’ food writers made no…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/28)

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I’m not the only blog-reporter upset with the St. Petersburg Times and the way it interacts with the online community.  Last week, I shared a drink at St. Pete Brasserie with Elizabeth Dougherty of Eat St. Pete and Brian Bailey of I Love the ‘burg.  Both talked about something I have complained about for over a year: The Times‘ blatant thievery of scoops and stories that begin in the blogosphere. Dougherty specifically mentioned how the Times’ food writers made no…

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Bob Hackworth loses ANOTHER campaign manager

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At some point, this all becomes a joke. Bob Hackworth has gone and lost another campaign manager.  This time it’s the charming, enthusiastic Shari Hazlett, who has decided to part ways with the mercurial former mayor of Dunedin.  Hazlett was brought into replace Darden Rice, who, after having her own issues with Hackworth, resigned as campaign manager, err, I mean stepped back from her day-to-day responsibilities to serve as just a consultant to the campaign. This latest development is disappointing…

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