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Ed Miyagishima departing position at Port Tampa Bay

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Ed Miyagishima, the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs at Port Tampa Bay and a senior adviser to CEO Paul Anderson, announced that he is leaving his position to “lead the charge” to have Tampa Bay host the 2019 Medal of Honor Convention. Miyagishima, who had been with the port for four years, made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday night. “I’m humbled and excited for this new chapter which will allow me to represent and showcase the American heroes and military community I love…

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Kelli Stargel draws Polk County Democrat challenger in SD 22 race

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A Polk County Democrat announced this week that she will run against Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel in the newly redrawn Senate District 22. Former Polk County School Board member Debra Wright made the announcement Monday during the Open House of the Democratic Headquarters in Haines City and during the same meeting earned the support of Polk County Democratic State Committeewoman Ruth Ann Eaddy. “Ms. Stargel’s record has shown a disregard for what is best for her constituents by writing…

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Jose Javier Rodriguez forgoes House term, will run in newly redrawn SD 37

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Miami Democratic Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez announced Monday that he would forego another term in the House to run for the newly redrawn Senate District 37 seat against Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla. “For the last four years, I’ve had the honor of fighting hard for my constituents on property tax and other reforms and leading the battle against special interests to ensure our tax dollars are spent on public education and infrastructure, rather than doled out to…

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Rod Smith makes state Senate run official with courthouse announcement in Gainesville

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Democrat Rod Smith announced Tuesday morning he’s again running for state Senate in the new Senate District 8. He spoke of his plans to a crowd of about 50 people in front of the Alachua County Civil Courthouse in Gainesville. Flanked by his family, the former State Attorney and state Senator stressed the importance of North Central Florida “coming together as a family” to win the election, and implored the crowd to get involved in his campaign, whether through fundraising…

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Rod Smith teases “major announcement,” could be entering SD 8 race

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Standing in front of the Alachua County Court House, former state Sen. Rod Smith teased a “major announcement” for Tuesday morning, which almost certainly will mark his entry into the race for the newly redrawn Senate District 8. The Gainesville attorney and former Florida Democratic Party chair would be the second candidate in the contest, joining Gainesville Republican Rep. Keith Perry, who announced Friday he would skip his last term in House District 21 to run for the seat. Smith has…

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Trey Radel: How I came back from being “The Cocaine Congressman”

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Former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel had one hell of a 2013: he was sworn in as a member of the 133rd Congress in January, only to be arrested by federal authorities for attempting to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in October. But life goes on, right? Since then, writes Benny Johnson in the IJR Review, the self-described “Hip Hop Conservative” has been back in the lab as it were, coming clean, training gym and quietly starting his own PR firm…

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