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Pinellas GOP, Democrats poised to elect party leaders this Monday night

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When it comes to drama with their upcoming party reorganization meetings taking place next week, Pinellas County Republicans and Democrats have nothing on their Hillsborough County brethren. This coming Monday night, the local executive committees for the Republican and Democratic Parties in Pinellas County will be voting for their party leaders, and in both cases, it doesn’t appear to be many changes at hand – at least not yet. Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee Chair Susan McGrath is running to serve a second…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.18.16 – John Morgan for the people?

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What the hell do you have to lose? That was, of course, Donald Trump‘s rather crude appeal to black voters in our last national nightmare of a campaign that mercifully concluded 10 days ago. But that line could be one offered to Florida Democrats, in the wake of the movement to get John Morgan to run for governor in 2018. And the Orlando-based attorney, major Democratic Party fundraiser and grandaddy of medical marijuana released a statement Thursday indicating he’s not dismissing…

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Jonny Torres to challenge Deb Tamargo for chair of Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee

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Jonny Torres, currently vice chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, has announced he will challenge incumbent chair Deborah Tamargo when the party holds elections next month. Although the GOP had a big night nationally and in Florida last week, Torres said the results out of Hillsborough were disappointing, and he believes it’s time for a change in leadership. “Today, we bear little resemblance to the organization we once were,” Torres wrote to party members on Wednesday. “Those of you…

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Joe Henderson: Excitement abounds in coveted Soil and Water Conservation Board race!

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If you want to break into politics, here is a job to consider. You will have to work dirt cheap, so to speak, because the position pays nothing. You get to sit through a lot of meetings debating complicated issues. Chances are pretty good that if you are elected, even the people who voted for you will have no idea who you are or what you do. Yes, folks, I’m talking about a seat on the coveted Soil and Water…

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Todd Wilcox kicks off his “Preserving Peace through Strength” statewide tour in Tampa

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GOP Senate candidate Todd Wilcox says his campaign strategy won’t change a bit if Marco Rubio enters the contest for the seat he gave up over a year ago to run for president. “There’s currently a contrast between me and all the other candidates in this crowded field, and that contrast is as stark between me and them as it will be between me and Marco Rubio,” says Wilcox. The former Iraq War veteran and CIA case officer kicked off his “Preserving Peace through Strength” tour on…

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Dena DeCamp elected Florida Republican Women president

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Amid a weekend of candidates, policy discussions and a closer role with the state Republican Party, delegates to the Florida Federation of Republican Women Convention in Orlando elected Dena DeCamp of Lakeland as their new president Saturday. She was first vice president of the state federation, President of the Republican Women’s Club of Lakeland and is a former vice chair of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee. Former state Rep. Deborah Tamargo, who chairs of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, was…

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Tampa Bay area party chairs deal with Supreme Court ruling on redistricting

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With no official word in yet when the Florida Legislature will reconvene to begin the process of redrawing congressional districts, much of the Tampa Bay area political picture remains fuzzy 13 months from the 2016 primary elections. Most of the uncertainly resides in Pinellas County, where a newly created CD 13 district is expected to improve the odds of a Democrat taking control of the seat for the first time in generations. “We’re excited that the courts have taken a…

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