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Polls galore: Republicans lead in state Senate Districts 18 & 23; race still close in SD 8

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Republicans in two state Senate districts have big leads over their Democratic opponents, while a third faces a tough race to the finish line. St. Pete Polls gauged voter support in Senate Districts 8, 18, and 23. The surveys — commissioned by FloridaPolitics.com — showed Majority Leader Dana Young has a six-point lead over Democrat Bob Buesing in Senate District 18; while Rep. Greg Steube has a nine-point lead over Frank Alcock in Senate District 23. While those races have…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.1.16 — The debate about the debates begins in Florida

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I think I speak for a lot of Florida political observers in expressing my disappointment that, for whatever reason, Patrick Murphy never debated his Democratic Senate opponents, Pam Keith and Alan Grayson, during the just-concluded primary campaign. Murphy avoided debates organized by Florida Public Radio stations and Bay News 9/News 13 in Orlando well before news broke that Grayson’s ex-wife accused him of abusing her. When that news broke, Murphy said Grayson was not worthy of a debate (ignoring Pam…

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Frank Alcock is ‘taking it to the streets’ as he begins general election campaign against Greg Steube in SD 23 race

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Democrat Frank Alcock is wasting no time in preparing for his formidable challenge running against Republican Greg Steube in the Florida Senate District 23 race — and he’s doing it on wheels. Dubbing it “Tour de Frank,” Alcock — an associate professor of political science at New College of Florida and frequent television commentator — will begin a Labor Day weekend 100-plus-mile bicycle tour of the Senate district, which includes Sarasota County and parts of Charlotte County. “I want to demonstrate my commitment to the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.18.16 — D.C. Republicans at odds with each other on Zika funding

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The U.S. Senate advanced a $1.1 billion bill to help public officials battle the Zika virus Tuesday as it begins to threaten America. That’s $800 million less than the $1.9 billion that President Obama has been calling for since February, but it is more than the $622 million that the GOP-led House passed on Monday. Much of it would come from money that was approved to fight the Ebola virus and that health officials say is still needed for that purpose. That angered…

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New College Professor Frank Alcock enters SD 23 race

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Frank Alcock, a college professor at New College of Florida in Sarasota, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Florida Senate’s District 23. SD 23 is an open seat being vacated by GOP incumbent Nancy Detert. Alcock has been a full-time faculty member at New College since 2003, teaching courses on world politics and environmental studies. He also served as Director of a Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory, and before spent five years as a policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Energy.…

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