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The year of the openly gay candidate in Florida politics

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This is the year that Central Florida gays step boldly into the political spotlight, joining an increasingly large outpouring of gay candidates statewide. Four openly gay Orlando-area Democratic candidates are running for election in federal and state races this year; Valleri Crabtree in Florida’s 9th Congressional District centered in south Orlando and Kissimmee; Bob Poe in Florida’s 10th Congressional District centered in west Orlando. There is also Beth Tuura in the 47th Florida House District centered in central Orlando, and Carlos Guillermo…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.13.16 – Friday 13th edition

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Well, so much for that much anticipated San Antonio-Golden State NBA Western Final. Congrats to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who took down the Spurs in six. Gotta love the unexpected.  Today the Republican Party of Florida hosts their first of a two-day spring meeting in Tampa. I just realized that the Republicans always hold these type of events in Tampa, while the Democrats generally prefer Orlando. ….A transgender student who was suspended for using the restroom at school is challenging a…

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Rick Kriseman to host fundraiser for Carlos Guillermo Smith in St. Pete

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has endorsed Carlos Guillermo Smith in the HD 49 race, and will be hosting a fundraiser for the Democrat. “While serving in the Florida House, I witnessed first-hand how Carlos can get things done,” said Kriseman, a former state House Democrat who represented St. Petersburg. “He knows his district and he understands the issues facing our state. Carlos is a real progressive leader for all of Florida.” Smith, a first-time candidate, is vying to replace…

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Florida has new laws on Confederate statue, gay marriage

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Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith‘s time representing Florida in the U.S. Capitol is coming to an end while clergy will be able to say no to gay weddings under new laws approved by Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. Scott signed a bill that requires Smith’s statue in the National Statuary Hall be replaced. Another among the more than two dozen he signed puts into law language that specifies clergy don’t have to marry same-sex couples – a right many said…

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Thad Altman files for House seat in 2018, shifts Space Coast politics

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State Sen. Thad Altman became just the second person to file for the state House in 2018 this month, when he filed for the HD 51 seat currently held by term-limited Speaker Steve Crisafulli. An innocuous move at first blush, it could throw off the intricate math behind state Rep. Eric Eislanugle‘s bid for the 2021-22 speakership. Altman, a Rockledge Republican, terms out in 2018. State Rep. Tom Goodson, who terms out in 2016, recently filed for the HD 51 seat, opting to serve…

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