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Realtors backs David Singer in HD 60 race

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The Greater Tampa Realtors unveiled their list of endorsements in the upcoming election on Tuesday, and one of their most provocative selections is choosing Democrat David Singer over Republican Jackie Toledo in the House District 60 campaign. The Realtors made 20 selections in all: 10 Republicans, six Democrats, and four candidates running in nonpartisan races. All of the Democrats, except one, the Realtors are backing are incumbents or, in some cases, running in open seats where they are heavily favored: CD 14 Rep. Kathy Castor, SD 19 Senate…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay politics — the ‘it’s October’ edition

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Hello, October. This is the final full month of the 2016 campaign cycle. In five weeks, we will know so much more about the future of the country, the state and our communities. But, no matter what, life will go on. For those in “The Process” — Florida Politics’ term for the unending legislative campaign/legislative session system — it’s just two months before committee meetings begin. In fact, like many people I talk to who are in “The Process,” we’re planning for the 2017…

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HD 60 Democrat David Singer says his campaign is about right vs. wrong, not left vs right

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David Singer says that when he began his run for the Hillsborough County based House District 60 race in April, his goal was not to get into an ideological discussion about left vs. right, but “right vs. wrong.” And now that the primary election season is over, he says he intends to use the next eight weeks to make the clear distinction on the issues between himself and Republican Jackie Toledo. Toledo narrowly defeated Rebecca Smith in the GOP primary last month, in part…

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Bob Henriquez wants Todd Jones to renounce Joe Walsh endorsement in Hillsborough Property appraiser race

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Inexplicably, controversial conservative talk-show host and former Illinois GOP Congressman Joe Walsh has become an issue in the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s race. Walsh lit up a firestorm on social media Thursday night when he tweeted after five Dallas police officers were killed during a Black Lives Matter protest that, “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you” (the tweet has since been deleted). Walsh also sent out subsequent tweets, once of…

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Tampa City Council honors Arthenia Joyner as her legislative career winds down

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Outgoing state legislator Arthenia Joyner has been a pioneer throughout her professional career in law and politics, and with just months to go before she ends her legislative career in Tallahassee, she was given a commemoration Thursday by the Tampa City Council honoring her work. The 73-year-old lifelong Democrat currently represents Tampa’s Senate District 19, where she serves as the Senate Minority Leader, the first African-American women ever to ascend to that position. She was also the first black woman to practice…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.24.16 — Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Ted Cruz means … what?

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On why Americans hate politics, example #462. Jeb Bush came out and endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday. As he put it yesterday, “For the sake of our party and country, we must overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, this fall.” It’s curious why the former Florida Governor only now is backing Cruz though. Two weeks ago, Bush met up…

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This Hillsborough County Appraiser race is going to be interesting

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There are certain local political offices in Hillsborough County where, absent a scandal, the incumbent is likely to win re-election. Twenty years ago, Democratic Property Appraiser Ron Alderman was vulnerable after being the subject of a series of investigations. He lost that year to Republican Rob Turner. Sixteen years later, Turner was seemingly cruising to another four-year term in office when he was rocked by a scandal involving pornography emails he issued in office. It led to his demise, as fellow Republican Ronda Storms ultimately crushed him in…

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