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Pinellas GOP heavyweights raising money for Rick Baker on Wednesday in Clearwater Beach

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Former Mayor Rick Baker continues building momentum in his quest to return for a third term as St. Petersburg Mayor. Coming off a successful campaign kickoff event last week, Baker, who served two terms from 2001-2010, is following with another high-profile reception Wednesday in Clearwater Beach. Co-chairs of the event – with the tagline “Proven Leadership” – include renowned attorney Brian Aungst Jr., former Pinellas GOP Chair Jay Beyrouti and restaurateur (and one-time “Mr. Clearwater”) Frank Chivas. According to the invite,…

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In first video ad, Jennifer Webb slams special interests

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Jennifer Webb vows in her first video ad of the campaign season to fight the special interests she says are dominating Tallahassee. “For too long, big special interests have gotten their way in Tallahassee and we’re paying the price,” Webb says in the 30-second spot. Examples flash on the screen: “Duke Energy customers will pay $108 million a year for canceled nuclear plants” and “Teco, Duke Energy get electrical rate increases.” Also flashing on the screen are Webb’s campaign promises:…

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Two Tampa Bay Republican lawmakers plan major fundraisers for late September

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Two lawmakers from the Tampa Bay area have high-profile fundraisers planned for later this month. With a host committee boasting more than 50 supporters — representing a range of Tampa Republicans — former House Majority Leader Dana Young is holding a special reception Wednesday, Sept. 28 for her Senate District 18 bid. Included among the special guests are top GOP leadership including incoming Senate President Joe Negron, Majority Leader Bill Galvano, and Sens. Jack Latvala and Wilton Simpson. Event begins 5:30 p.m.…

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