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‘Black Votes Matter’ slate card without disclaimer upsets some Hillsborough County candidates

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It’s certainly not the first slate card making the rounds since early voting began, but a “Black Votes Matter” handout that does not include a disclaimer regarding who paid for it has upset some Hillsborough County candidates on Election Day. This reporter picked up the slate card while visiting voting precinct No. 305 at the New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Columbus Avenue in East Tampa. The card was handed out by a woman wearing a Dianne Hart T-shirt. Hart is a…

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Scenes from Primary Day: Last-minute campaigning, voting with Ben Diamond, Eric Lynn

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Today’s the day. As voters head to the polls on the final day of voting in Florida’s primary, Democratic candidates Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond were seen performing some last-minute sign waving and campaigning in downtown St. Petersburg. Lynn and Diamond are facing off in Pinellas County’s House District 68. Augie Ribeiro was also spotted voting Tuesday morning; the civil justice attorney is battling Ed Narain, Darryl Rouson and Betty Reed for Senate District 19, which covers the southern parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas and northern Manatee counties.

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.30.16 – Election Day questions

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Primary Election Day is here, finally, for those of us who care. Because that isn’t close to the majority of registered voters in Florida. Going into today, the turnout by percentage via early and absentee voting here in Hillsborough County where I’m located was lower than it turned out to be in 2012, which Congresswoman Kathy Castor says is disappointing. We’re talking below 20 percent, folks. Whether that percentage might increase if the election weren’t held in the last week of August…

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Here’s a rundown of the final flurry of pre-primary fundraising activity in Tampa Bay races

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The Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are mostly decided, but new campaign finance reports show a flurry of activity in SD 19, the only area Senate district with a primary battle. Democrat Augie Ribeiro has raised and spent the most money, including another $10,000 of his own money between Aug. 12 and Aug. 25, though he is running against three current and former lawmakers. Rep. Ed Narain crossed the $250,000 mark in total fundraising after reporting $4,500 in contributions for…

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Donations from committee backing Rod Smith came within weeks of FDP ad buys in SD 8

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A political committee tied to Democrat Rod Smith has given more than $393,000 to the Florida Democratic Party since May, around the same time party began airing TV ads supporting him. The state party can purchase ad time at a more affordable rate than candidates’ committees, but state law prohibits political parties and affiliated committees from accepting contributions that have been earmarked for a particular candidate. Independent Leadership for Florida, the political committee backing Smith’s Senate District 8 bid, gave $393,900 to…

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Darryl Rouson and Alan Grayson team up in Tampa to say they both speak “truth to power”

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Alan Grayson and Darryl Rouson teamed up Thursday night to try to win support in their respective campaigns while speaking in northwest Hillsborough County. “I am honored to be here today to introduce a man who from Day 1 in Washington D.C. has taken the tea party agenda to the stage, and has whooped them every time he got a chance to do so,” Rouson said in introducing Grayson to a crowd of 20 people who gathered at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional…

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Augie Ribeiro has now spent more than $672,000 in quest to win Senate District 19

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Augie Ribeiro has now spent $672,075 in the Senate District 19 race. The St. Petersburg-based civil justice attorney’s fundraising prowess — more than 70 percent of it from his own deep pockets — dwarfs the totals of the other three candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Ed Narain, Betty Reed and Darryl Rouson. Narain, the House District 61 state Representative trying to advance to the Senate, has the most cash-on-hand in the waning days of the campaign with $55,691. Among his recent contributions in the latest fundraising period of…

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