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Augie Ribeiro pumps another $100K into his SD 19 campaign

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Democrat Augie Ribeiro has pumped another $100,000 of his own money into his campaign against three current and former lawmakers in the newly redrawn Senate District 19. The St. Petersburg attorney has now loaned or contributed more than $500,000 to his campaign in the district, which covers parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Outside of self-funding, Ribeiro brought in just over $6,000 in contributions between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, while spending about $150,000 for an on-hand total of $33,761 at the…

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Ed Narain proud of his accomplishments in the House, ready to advance in the Senate

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Like may people in the Tampa Heights community that he represents, House District 61 Democrat Ed Narain was holding his breath when news broke on Tuesday that Governor Rick Scott had vetoed $256 million in projects from the just concluded legislative session. The good news is that Narain’s request for $1.2 million to move what has become a beloved community center to another part of the area will go through. The facility,  the former Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Palm Avenue, appeared to be slated for demolition…

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Ed Narain declares his candidacy for SD 19

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Tampa state House Democrat Ed Narain announced on Thursday that he will give up his House District 61 seat to run for the state Senate 19 seat being vacated by a term-limited Arthenia Joyner later this year. “From community service to political service, my guiding principle has been to focus on what’s best for Florida and fight to make a difference for all people,” Narain said in a statement. “It’s why I’ve been very involved in the community and why I…

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Perennial GOP candidate Sharon Russ files in HD 70 race

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Republican activist and perpetual candidate Sharon Russ filed to run for the heavily Democratic House District 70 seat held by termed-out state Rep. Daryl Rouson. Russ is no stranger to politics, at least in the Pinellas County portion of the district: she ran for St. Petersburg mayor in 2009 and challenged Karl Nurse for City Council in 2013, but her campaigns nosedived. Russ never made the ballot in the mayoral race, and lost to Nurse 69-18 in the three-way Republican…

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Stage legislators defend their own healthcare coverage at Tiger Bay forum in Tampa

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Tampa Bay area state legislators Tom Lee and Daryl Rouson took center court at todays’ Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting, where again the Legislature’s divide on health care drove the debate. Lee, a Senate Republican, represents Brandon in Tallahassee, while Rouson’s House District comprises a good chunk of South Pinellas County, but bizarrely also includes portions of Ruskin in Hillsborough County, and parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The pair (dubbed “Ebony and Ivory” by Lee) return with the rest of their…

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Jason Brodeur says it’s time to call a truce on gay adoption controversy

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On Thursday, the Florida House passed Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur’s controversial  “conscience protection” bill. The legislation would allow private adoption agencies whose “written religious or moral convictions” do not permit children in their care to be adopted by gays or lesbians to refuse to make such placements. The agencies would not face the possibility of losing their licenses or state funding. In the lead-up to the vote, Brandon Republican Ross Spano and Ocala Rep. Dennis Baxley spoke passionately in support of the…

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Florida House approves law to allow private agencies to turn away gay couples from adopting

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The Florida House on Thursday passed a measure that would let private agencies that cite religious or moral grounds to turn away gay couples seeking to adopt children. By a 75-38 vote, HB 7111, sponsored by Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur, was passed. Brodeur proposed the legislation only after the House voted last month to repeal the state’s 38-year-old ban on same-sex adoptions from state statute, though gay adoption has been legal since the courts ruled the ban unconstitutional back in 2010. The…

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