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Charlie Crist fields questions for nearly four hours at his first town hall meeting

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In the weeks since Donald Trump and the Republican Party have taken complete control control of Washington D.C., congressional town hall meetings around the nation have been marked by vitriol, confrontation and anger. Those elements were decidedly not present at Charlie Crist’s town hall meeting held on Saturday at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus. Instead, it was a veritable love fest, with the mostly liberal crowd calling on Crist to hold the new regime accountable, as well as asking him to…

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At Tiger Bay event, George Cretekos calls for Clearwater to get more respect

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As leaders of the region’s two biggest cities, Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman dominate headlines in Tampa Bay politics. But it was Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos who became the breakout speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. All three mayors were on stage at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater on Roosevelt Boulevard. Only recently has Cretekos emerged as a leader in his own right, coming into the spotlight after 36 years serving as an aide to the late C.W. Bill Young before he was elected to the Clearwater…

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Joe Henderson: GOP is distancing from Donald Trump. Except David Jolly; he was already there.

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Many Republicans have distanced themselves from Donald Trump after crude sexual remarks about women he made surfaced on tape Friday, but stopped short of saying they won’t vote for him in November. David Jolly is not one of those. His anti-Trump chops can no longer be debated. He is all-in on being all-out on Trump. Jolly, trailing Democrat Charlie Crist in the race to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional District, flatly stated Trump’s banter in a decade-old tape is the last…

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Mark Bircher says if David Jolly can’t support Donald Trump, Pinellas GOP should back his candidacy in CD 13 primary

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All the talk about the David Jolly vs. Charlie Crist battle in Florida’s 13th Congressional District contest ignores the fact that Jolly does have an opponent in the Republican primary later this month. He’s retired Marine General Mark Bircher, and he says that in the name of party unity, the Pinellas County Republican establishment should rally around his candidacy later this month, unless his opponent sees the light and gets behind Donald Trump‘s candidacy for president. “We cannot accept divided loyalties when so much is…

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Here’s where sh*t stands — the ‘Democrats can’t keep it together’ edition

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For an entire eight days — EIGHT DAYS — local Democrats had their sh*t together. On April 25, state Rep. Dwight Dudley announces he will not seek re-election. Hours later, the well-liked Ben Diamond announces his candidacy for Dudley’s seat along with the endorsements of almost all of Pinellas’ Democratic elected officials. The seamless transition was almost Republican in its efficiency. Then, on May 3, Eric Lynn, heretofore a candidate for the 13th Congressional District, announces that he is dropping…

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Bob Gualtieri kicks off re-election campaign with fundraiser Jan. 28

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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is launching his re-election campaign with fundraiser later this month. Gualtieri, 54, filed to run for a second four-year term in November. The kickoff event begins 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Hilton Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive in St. Petersburg. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times last year, Gualtieri said his main priority for the next term is to make sure Pinellas County’s crime rates continues to fall. As part of his platform, he’s proposing a single…

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos to seek re-election, announces kick-off fundraiser

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George Cretekos will be seeking another term as Clearwater mayor. To celebrate the launch of his re-election campaign, Cretekos, the city’s former vice mayor who served on the City Council since 2007, announced a kick-off fundraising reception at the Sheraton Sand Key on Monday, September 28. Hosting the event are more than 100 local entrepreneurs, neighborhood leaders, and supporters. The popular Clearwater politician won his first term to succeed term-limited Mayor Frank Hibbard in 2012 with a landslide of 71 percent. Hibbard is…

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