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Cyril Spiro endorses Jim Davison in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Former opponent Cyril Spiro is endorsing Jim Davison in the runoff election taking place next month for the Tampa City Council District 7 race. “Based on my knowledge of their experience, policies and character, I am endorsing Jim Davison,” Spiro recently wrote to supporters. “He has displayed outstanding character, placing people above personal political interests.  He believes in fiscal responsibility and I know that he will make sure that our taxpayer dollars are used wisely. And, he has in-depth knowledge of…

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Bob Graham announces his support for fellow Democrat Bob Buesing’s state Senate bid

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With just eight days to go before the voting ends in Florida, state Senate District 18 Democratic hopeful Bob Buesing received some welcome news Monday when former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham endorsed him. “Bob Buesing is the right person to work across the aisle to address Florida’s challenges and get things done for the people of Senate District 18 in Tallahassee,” said Graham in a statement issued by the Buesing campaign early Monday. “I’m endorsing Bob because he’ll be a fresh voice in Tallahassee dedicated…

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Law enforcement agencies come out en masse to support Dana Young in SD 18 race

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The Dana Young campaign for Hillsborough County’s state Senate District 18 seat is touting endorsements from law enforcement agencies Thursday.  The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), the Florida Police Benevolent Association (Florida PBA), the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association (West Central Florida PBA), and the Tampa Police Benevolent Association (Tampa PBA) all are backing the South Tampa Republican. “Rep. Young has been a tireless advocate of law enforcement in the Florida House,” said Matt Puckett, executive director of the…

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Florida service employees union endorses Joanne Lentino for Pinellas School Board

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The Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union has endorsed Joanne Lentino for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas County School Board. “SEIU Florida has endorsed Joanne Lentino … because we are confident she will bring people together to improve the academic success of all children in Pinellas County,” said Alphonso Mayfield, president of SEIU’s Florida Public Services Union. “She has the experience, integrity and community spirit to get the job done. We will be activating our networks…

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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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La Gaceta endorses Shawn Harrison for HD 63

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La Gaceta, Tampa’s trilingual weekly newspaper, has endorsed incumbent Shawn Harrison in the state House District 63 race. Harrison, a one-term Republican, faces Democrat Lisa Montelione in the November general election. The area, which includes New Tampa, has been a swing district. An editorial in the newspaper — publishing articles in English, Spanish and Italian — said that “normally, we support Democrats, but lately we’ve noticed some Democrats aren’t acting like Democrats. Lisa Montelione is on that list.” Publisher Patrick Manteiga is also a Democratic political…

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Florida Chamber endorses in 79 legislative races

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind 79 candidates ahead of the general election. “We believe these candidates will put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short-term fixes and will help ensure our state remains competitive,” said Marian Johnson, senior vice president of political operations for the Florida Chamber. “We are proud to support these candidates that we believe will help create jobs and economic opportunity in our state.” The Florida Chamber backed 88 candidates ahead of the…

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