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Jackie Toledo gets Florida GOP funds in HD 60 race, but Democrat David Singer has more cash

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The Republican Party of Florida is doing a lot to make sure House District 60 stays in Republican control after next month’s election. The RPOF gave more than $26,000 in in-kind and direct financial contributions to Jackie Toledo in September. More than $16,000 of that was for a poll. Another $1,500 was for staffing, and there was a separate $10,000 financial contribution on Sept. 30. Meanwhile, though there have been reports the Florida Democratic Party would come to David Singer’s aid financially, that…

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House candidate Jackie Toledo calls Donald Trump’s comments “unacceptable”

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Jackie Toledo, the Republican nominee in House District 60, released a statement Saturday afternoon, calling the incredibly lewd comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 that surfaced in a video Friday “unacceptable.” “The vulgar remarks of Donald Trump are unacceptable and have no place in our country,” Toledo said. “They are the absolute opposite of how I’ve raised my sons to treat women and how I expect boys to treat my daughters. “While our presidential candidates continue to disappoint, it is more important than ever to…

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Democrats throughout Florida call on GOP opponents to denounce #TrumpTapes vulgar comments

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A newly released videotape showing Donald Trump making crude comments about a married woman he tried to seduce is sending shock waves throughout Florida politics. “I’ve said some foolish things,” the Republican presidential nominee said overnight Friday in a taped apology posted on Facebook. “But there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women.” But Florida Democratic candidates statewide are not letting Trump off the hook so easily. Nearly all of them are…

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David Singer’s big mistake would be worth blogging about — if Jackie Toledo weren’t so press averse

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It’s not clear who made the bigger mistake in the race for House District 60. Is it Democrat David Singer, who falsely claimed the endorsement of the Florida Chamber of Commerce? Or is it the Tampa Bay Times’ Richard Danielson for reporting about the endorsement without verifying it with the Chamber? “We have not and will not be taking a position on House District 60,” Chamber spokeswoman Edie Ousley told Danielson. “We will be remaining neutral in that race.” (When I read in the Times…

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Tampa Bay state House candidates grade Rick Scott after nearly 6 years in office

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Two Tampa House Democratic candidates offered some rare praise for Gov. Rick Scott on Friday — before ultimately giving him a barely passing grade (depending on grading policy at the school you attended) at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club forum on Friday. “I will tell you one of the positives of the Rick Scott administration was the mindset that he came into office with, and that is to make government smarter,” said Tampa land use and zoning attorney David Singer, running in the House District…

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Shawn Harrison and Lisa Montelione clash on education issues at Tampa Tiger Bay Forum

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The House District 63 race between Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison and Democratic challenger Lisa Montelione is expected to be one of the most competitive in Florida this fall. The North Hillsborough County swing district — which includes much of New Tampa, Forest Hills, North Tampa and the USF community — has flipped back and forth over the past three election cycles, with Harrison taking it in 2010 and 2014, and Democrat Mark Danish winning it in 2012. At Friday’s Tiger Bay meeting, the two squared off for the first…

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David Singer calls out Jackie Toledo for ‘ducking’ Tiger Bay appearance

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Hillsborough House District 60 Democratic candidate David Singer said Jackie Toledo “doesn’t want the voters to know her extreme position on the issues,” and contends that’s why the she won’t be appearing at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club event scheduled for this Friday. Toledo’s campaign spokesperson said earlier this week that Tampa Republican had a conflict for the event, in which the candidates running in House Districts 59, 60, and 61 have all been invited to appear at the political forum. “Ms. Toledo knows her positions…

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