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Wengay Newton one step closer to Tallahassee, wins HD 70 primary

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Former St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton is now one step closer to serving in Tallahassee, after besting attorney CJ Czaia and businessman Dan Fiorini in Florida’s House District 70 race, which encompasses portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Newton received 61 percent. Florin was second with 21 percent, and Czaia finished with 17 percent. Fiorini was the legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey, a founding member of Pinellas County LGBT rights groups St. Pete Pride…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay state legislative races

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Republican Sens. Tom Lee and Bill Galvano have already won re-election, and fellow GOP incumbent Sens. Jack Latvala and Jeff Brandes only face opposition from write-in candidates in their seats. Of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough and Pinellas County, only districts 18 and 19 will be home to a new senator in the fall. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young is the front-runner in the SD 18 race in both polling and fundraising, though favorable district lines and robust fundraising…

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Frank Peterman is backing Wengay Newton in HD 70 race

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Wengay Newton has received another endorsement in his quest to win the House District 70 Democratic primary later this month. It’s former St. Pete City Councilman, state legislator Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. who is backing his campaign. Newton has received the lion’s share of endorsements in the four-county district (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota), which also includes Dan Florini and CJ Czaia. The winner of the overwhelmingly Democratic district will face Republican Cory Fournier in November. “I endorse Wengay Newton for the Florida house of State Representatives,”…

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Darden Rice endorses Wengay Newton in HD 70 race

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St. Petersburg City Council Vice Chair Darden Rice is backing her former council and PSTA colleague Wengay Newton in the Florida House District 70 contest. “Wengay “Newt” Newton has been a long time leader on many issues, including education, youth employment, and mass transit issues in our region. I have seen firsthand his impressive dedication and diligence on the issues in our community that he cares about, ” Rice said in a statement. “We need determined leaders in our state capitol like Wengay “Newt” Newton who…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.3.16 – How many GOP candidates still “not there yet” on Trump?

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New York Representative Richard Hanna yesterday became the first Republican in Congress to say that not only could he not support Donald Trump for president (he said that months ago), but he now says he’ll be voting for Hillary Clinton in the fall. “While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton,” Hanna wrote in an op-ed. I will be hopeful and resolute in my belief that being a good American who loves his country is…

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CJ Czaia employing “Mama T” Lassiter as political consultant in HD 70 race

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[Updated with response from Pinellas Realtors Organization.] CJ Czaia, a Manatee County-based personal injury attorney running for the Democratic nomination in House District 70, paid $1,000 last month to St. Petersburg community activist Theresa “Mama Tee” Lassiter for political consulting work. Lassiter is a well-known and somewhat controversial community activist in South St. Petersburg. “She had a one-time payment to help us consult with St. Petersburg and so forth,” Czaia said, adding that she continues to assist in advising his campaign. “I didn’t have an…

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HD 70 candidate Manuel Sykes fails to sign disclosure form — doesn’t make it on the ballot

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Pastor Manuel Sykes announced recently that he was a candidate in the House District 70 race that covers parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties, with the vast majority of the district’s voters living in Pinellas. It leans strongly Democratic in its makeup. However, Sykes did not qualify for the ballot at the end of the day on Friday, the deadline for all candidates to be eligible for the November ballot. Although a call to the state’s Division of Elections website did not get an…

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