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After his first day on the job, Andrew Warren celebrates his victory as State Attorney with well wishers

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While the efforts at criminal justice reform remain stalled in Washington D.C., the voting public showed up at the polls last year and indicated that they certainly want change at the local level. In Harris County, Texas (which encompasses Houston), Democrat Kim Ogg defeated Republican Devon Anderson by promising to overhaul drug prosecutions. In Jefferson County, Alabama, Charles Todd Henderson defeated GOP incumbent Brandon Falls in part by campaigning against the “mass incarceration of those with drug addictions and mental illness,” and by…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.9.16 — GOP dominance

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Where do you begin? One of the biggest political upsets in U.S. history, to start with, in Donald J. Trump beating Hillary Clinton to become the 45th President of the United States of America. Lots of analysis there, including about the Democratic nominee, who for the second time in eight years, thought she had the presidency in her grasp, only to lose out — forever. What about closer to home? Although Florida Democrats have had huge disappointments in 2010 and 2014…

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Jackie Toledo easily defeats David Singer in House District 60 race

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Republican Jackie Toledo has defeated Democrat David Singer in the House District 60 race, 57 percent to 43 percent. The 40-year-old Toledo ran an intriguing race, choosing to eschew any interviews and (mostly) ignoring the verbal slings and arrows from Singer, who ran a centrist campaign with a strong pitch to independents and moderate Republicans. Toledo barely edged out Rebecca Smith in the primary, but had no problem in dispensing of Singer, who ran an aggressive campaign, consistently trying to tie Toledo’s policies to…

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Final round-up of the money chase in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

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On Friday, candidates released their final campaign finance reports before Election Day, and reports out of Senate District 18 show Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young pressing her fundraising advantage in the race with $1.2 million in spending. Young spent more than $500,000 of campaign’s war chest in between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3, most of it heading to a media buy with Mentzer Media Services. The exiting House Majority Leader also raised $67,000 for her SD 18 campaign, leaving her…

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Here’s where the money chase stands in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

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Tampa Bay legislative candidates have filed their second-to-last campaign finance reports before Election Day, and Republicans still look like they’ll hold onto five of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough or Pinellas counties. Sens. Tom Lee, Bill Galvano, and Jeff Brandes have already been re-elected without opposition, while Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala only faces a write-in candidate. Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson faces Republican John “Mr. Manners” Houman in the SD 19 race, though he has been piling on to…

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National GOP group lists Jackie Toledo’s run in HD 60 as one of 16 to watch

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The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is listing Tampa engineer Jackie Toledo‘s candidacy for Hillsborough County House District 60 among the “16 in ’16: Races to Watch” nationally on Friday. Toledo is running in a fierce battle against Tampa land-use attorney David Singer for the seat that has been held for the past six years by Dana Young. According to a statement, the list highlights women and diverse candidates recognized as up-and-coming party leaders in their communities.  “With just under two weeks to go until Election…

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Hillary Clinton warns a Tampa crowd that Donald Trump “can still win”

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Hillary Clinton celebrated her 69th birthday by giving a speech in downtown Tampa on Wednesday afternoon, just as the polls are getting tighter between herself and Donald Trump. Trump must win Florida to have any shot at getting the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency, but Clinton is also pushing hard to win in Florida, with three official campaign stops in the Sunshine State over the past two days. “Now, Donald Trump says he can still win, and he’s right, that’s why it’s…

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