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HD 9 candidate Loranne Ausley plans Tampa fundraiser

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former CFO Alex Sink, and others are throwing a fundraiser in Tampa for fellow Democrat Loranne Ausley, who’s seeking a Tallahassee-area Florida House seat. Former state Insurance Consumer Advocate Sean Shaw, who worked for Sink, on Thursday tweeted a photo of the invite to the event, to be held next Tuesday at Big Ray’s Fish Camp. The 52-year-old Ausley, a lawyer, seeks to retake the reliably Democratic district she held in 2000-08 now that current Rep. Michelle…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.21.16 – New Florida Senate poll is interesting

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A GOP presidential poll released yesterday by Florida Atlantic University shows Donald Trump leading in Florida in the March 15 presidential primary, with a stunning 48 percent share of the vote. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are well behind at 11 and 10 percent, putting them in 3rd and 4th places, respectively (Ted Cruz is second with 16 percent). Just as interesting was that the FAU poll (of 371 Democrats and 345 Republicans) found in the U.S. Senate race, which hasn’t had a…

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Todd Jones is coming after Bob Henriquez in Hillsborough Property Tax Appraiser contest

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Todd Jones‘ credentials as a tax appraiser are impressive, even to the average voter who doesn’t usually keep up on such things. The 58-year-old South Tampa Republican isn’t modest in describing his skills, saying flatly, “I am without a doubt the most qualified appraiser in the state when it comes to property tax evaluation issues.” Whether that makes him the man who can usurp Democratic incumbent Bob Henriquez in the Hillsborough County Tax Appraisers race will be decided by voters this November. “Certainly on paper…

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Democrat Andrew Warren announces bid for State Attorney in Hillsborough County

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Andrew Warren, a Gainesville native and former Justice Department attorney has announced his bid to run for State Attorney in the 13th judicial district, which encompasses Hillsborough County. “I’ve been talking with community leaders, friends, and family about how I can best continue to serve and where we can do better for Hillsborough,” the 39-year-old Democrat said in a statement sent to SPB on Tuesday. “As my daughters grow up, I know firsthand that every family deserves a safe place…

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Democratic power roster to help re-elect Gwen Graham with June 30 Tampa fundraiser

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More than a few high-profile Tampa Bay Democrats will be joining Gwen Graham for a major fundraiser next week to help her re-election effort in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The $250-per-person reception will be Tuesday, June 30, beginning 5:30 p.m. at the home of former Democratic state Sen. Pat Frank, who now serves as Hillsborough County Clerk, at 3108 Agawan Street in Tampa. Event hosts include a power roster of the region’s leading Democrats, both current and former lawmakers as…

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Tampa Democratic political establishment says it will unite to defeat Jackie Toledo in District 6 race

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Although you would think that winning a primary election by 17 percentage points would make Jackie Toledo the prohibitive favorite going into the March 24 runoff Tampa City Council District 6 contest, there wasn’t a soul at Montauro’s restaurant in West Tampa Tuesday night who believed that. Certainly not after they heard a series of verbal attacks against the 38-year-old chemical engineer who nearly won the seat outright, getting 46 percent of the vote to second-place finisher Guido Maniscalco’s 29…

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Janet Rifkin set to file for Mike Scionti’s seat in Florida House

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Within minutes of Tampa state Rep. Michael Scionti announcing his resignation to take a position with the Obama administration, a West Tampa activist has emerged as his possible successor. Janet Rifkin, a veteran local Democratic party activist and fundraiser, will run in the special election for heavily Hispanic district representing West Tampa and Town ‘N Country, said Ana Cruz, a local Democratic operative and Rifkin’s daughter. Rifkin, a former county Democratic Hispanic caucus chair, could have some competition for the…

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