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Dwight Dudley, activists slam David Jolly; Jolly’s spokeswoman slams Charlie Crist

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Outgoing Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley and several Pinellas activists gathered Tuesday to call out U.S. Rep. David Jolly for his “failure to stand up for” the people of Congressional District 13. Dudley and the others gathered in Williams Park, across from Duke Energy, which they accused of “ripping off” consumers. “Big energy companies like Duke Energy continue to rip off Florida’s working families, over billing consumers by millions of dollars,” Dudley said. “David Jolly took thousands of dollars in…

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Charlie Crist again calls for an early polling site in South St. Petersburg

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Wednesday afternoon in South St. Petersburg, Democratic congressional candidate Charlie Crist was joined by other members of the community in calling on Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark to add an early voting polling site in South St. Petersburg. “Voting is a precious right. Having an opportunity to cast that ballot is something that people have fought and died for,” Crist said at a press conference held at the Lake Vista Recreation Center on 62nd Avenue South. “As Governor, the…

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Outside group hits David Jolly over nuke fees

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House Majority PAC is out with its second ad of the political cycle attacking David Jolly — this time on Florida’s controversial nuclear cost recovery law. Called “Cost,” the ad hits the Congressional District 13 Republican for taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Duke Energy while saying he was doing nothing to stop the utility from charging taxpayers for a nuclear power plant that will never be built. The ad opens with a St. Petersburg couple identified as “Lucinda and Howard…

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HD 68 Republican JB Benshimen hits fundraising rut

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen is used to having people underestimate him, so he says it’s not surprising if people want to go by metrics such as fundraising to surmise his fate in his House District 68 encounter with Democrat Ben Diamond.  With six weeks to go before the election in Pinellas County, the 47-year-old Benshimen, a home health care business executive who has lived in the district for less than a year, has raised only $14,608. Diamond, on the other hand,…

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Incumbent Myriam Irizarry squeaks out victory to remain on Pinellas County bench

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Myriam Irizarry appears to have won a narrow victory over former state Rep. Dwight Dudley to retain the judicial seat she won last year by appointment. Irizarry polled about 78,575 votes, or about 50.38 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Dudley was about 0.76 percent behind with 77,382 votes. That’s far enough behind to avoid a recount. But there were still some provisional ballots out late Tuesday night, although it does not appear that there were enough to…

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Dwight Dudley is the big spender in Pinellas judicial races

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Dwight Dudley, who is running for County Judge Group 9 against incumbent Myriam Irizarry, is the big spender among candidates in the two Pinellas judicial races. Dudley has raised a total of $86,750, according to the latest figures from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office. Almost half that was a $40,000 loan to himself made early in the campaign. He’s spent a total of $72,258.49 so far. Dudley spent $32,661.65 in July. Most of that, $20,189.65, went to Valpak…

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Dwight Dudley heats up attack, insists opponent resume lacks experience

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The race for the Pinellas County Judge Group 9 seat is coming down to a heated battle over experience. Challenger Dwight Dudley says incumbent Myriam Irizarry lacks courtroom trial experience in Florida. Irizarry says Dudley has misrepresented her experience. Now Dudley says he’s sticking by his claim that she lacks trial experience and says Irizarry is at fault for any confusion because of apparently conflicting records. Dudley was referring to apparent contradictions in statements Irizarry made in her last application to the Judicial Nominating…

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