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Democratic strategist Steve Schale reaches across the aisle to support Ray Pilon in 2016

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Republican state Rep. Ray Pilon has found an unlikely ally in his 2016 House re-election campaign in Sarasota-based District 72: leading Democratic strategist Steve Schale. Schale appears on the host committee for an upcoming fundraiser for the third-term Republican lawmaker, according to an invitation obtained by FloridaPolitics.com. Schale cited Pilon’s stance this year in a major battle over Medicaid expansion in the statehouse as well as a personal rapport when explaining his across-the-aisle support. “Both Ray and his son Chad, who was an FJA board member…

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Pro-Jack Latvala political committee to hold luncheon Sept. 1

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State Sen. Jack Latvala will hold a fundraiser luncheon co-sponsored by several current and former Pinellas politicians in St. Petersburg on Sept. 1. The list features two dozen co-chairs, including current state Reps. Larry Ahern, Kathleen Peters, Chris Sprowls and state Sen. Latvala’s son, freshman Rep. Chris Latvala. Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will also be in attendance. Latvala has his sights set on becoming the next Senate president and his committee, Florida Leadership Committee, is the primary funding source the veteran lawmaker has to achieve…

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It’s National Chicken Wing Day — hope it’s a good one!

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State Rep. Chris Latvala wants to wish all his constituents a very happy National Chicken Wing Day from “the wing capital of Florida.” That would be Clearwater, where both Winghouse and Hooters were started and are currently based. That’s the message Latvala tweeted to followers Wednesday morning with a picture of a smiling chicken that also looks slightly homicidal. The homicidal part would make sense considering Mr. Chicken is probably hoping to save himself from being deep friend and covered…

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Florida Democrats unveil text of mailers, robocalls targeting vulnerable House Republicans

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As lobbyists and pols alike collect their collective jaws from the floor in the wake of Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s Sine Die adjournment spectacle, the Florida Democratic Party is wasting no time in making political hay out of it. The FDP told SaintPetersBlog that it is hitting vulnerable members of the majority in the GOP-dominated Florida House of Representatives with a targeted campaign of mailers and robocalls, including one aimed at state Rep. Kathleen Peters, who represents the deeply purple District 69 in…

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Entertainment incentives finally moving forward in Legislature

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After years of legislative legwork and heated debate — occasionally before a national audience — Sen. Nancy Detert may land her Senate tenure’s Moby Dick at long last. Her proposal to establish state incentives for Florida-based film and entertainment projects is alive and moving through the process. Language similar to Detert’s SB 1046 has come close to passage before, however, but has not been implemented. And there’s also the matter of conforming her bill to another moving target in the House.…

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Get your checkbooks ready this week for pre-session political fundraisers

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Whip out those checkbooks, Tallahassee lobbyists and PAC chairs, as the clock ticks down on pre-session legislative fundraisers. Florida law prohibits legislators from raising money during session, so the final hours before the 2015 legislative session – which starts Tuesday – means a last-minute whirl of fundraising receptions, many of which will be in the shadow of the Florida Capitol. Schedule for Monday, March 2: 4:00 p.m. –  Republican Party of Florida Fundraiser at Governors Club – 2nd Floor — Gov.…

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Must-read story: Signature gathering may have run afoul of federal election laws

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Two young men popped out of a van, and sidled up to people waiting outside the polling place at the Gull Aire Village clubhouse Tuesday morning in Oldsmar. We’re students from the Pinellas vocational center. Would you mind signing a petition to put Beverly Biliris on the ballot this year? Matter of fact, Chris Latvala said he would mind. His stepmother is Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala, the fellow Republican who Billiris is running to unseat this year. Undeterred, the…

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