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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

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With two weeks to go until Election Day, the Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are pretty much decided. Welcome back Sens. Jack Latvala and Tom Lee and say hello to Darryl Rouson, who should cruise past John “Mr. Manners” Houman to win the SD 19 seat. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young still has a race ahead of her for the SD 18 seat, however. Young is running against Democrat Bob Buesing and a pair of high-polling, no-party candidates for the…

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Rena Frazier not interested in Ross Spano’s pledge to run a clean campaign in their HD 59 race

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Earlier this week, Dover Republican Ross Spano reached out to his Democratic challenger in the House District 59 race, Brandon Democrat Rena Frazier, requesting she sign a pledge he had drawn up calling for the two to promise to run a clean campaign in the last month of the election. Frazier didn’t respond, and in an email sent to FloridaPolitics, calls the pledge a political game that she’s not interested in playing. “While my opponent may be used to political games, which I’m quite certain this…

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HD 59 Republican Ross Spano goes up on air with 1st TV ad

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House District 59 GOP incumbent Ross Spano is up with his first television ad of the 2016 election cycle. The ad features a local businessman, a veteran, and members of his family to tout the “Ross Spano that I know.” “I’m Ross Spano, and I will always fight for small businesses, veterans, and families,” he says before asking for support on Nov. 8. Spano is running for his third term in District 59, which includes Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Clair Mel, and Progress Village in…

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Ross Spano feels confident about challenge to retain his HD 59 seat in Hillsborough County

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With this being a presidential election year, when Democrats historically show up in greater numbers at the polls, the Florida Democratic Party is targeting several key legislative races in Hillsborough County which they hope to flip from red to blue. One of them is the House District 59 seat in Eastern Hillsborough County currently held by Dover Republican Ross Spano, who narrowly defeated Democrat Gail Gottlieb by just 1.6 percent in 2012, the same year that Barack Obama once again won Hillsborough County. In the 2014 election when Obama wasn’t on the…

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HD 59 aspirant Rene Frazier says she can bring people together if elected to serve in Tallahassee

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HD 59 Democratic candidate Rene Frazier says she’s running to become a member of the Florida Legislature because she’s tired of Tallahassee failing to address important issues. At the top of her list is the refusal to expand Medicaid. “We’ve had 800,00 Floridians without health care – 40,000 of them who are vets,” she says. “Several sessions ago, the Legislature refused to expand Medicaid, walked off without passing a budget that cost the taxpayers $1.5 million, and I think people…

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Ruth’s List picks 7 Florida candidates as “Women 2 Watch”

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Pro-abortion rights Democratic organization Ruth’s List included seven 2016 Florida House and Senate candidates on its “Women 2 Watch” list last week, which puts them in line for financial and campaign support. The only Senate candidate on the list so far is Lauren Book. Since filing for the seat in September, the District 33 candidate has had a string of blockbuster fundraising months and, through December, has more than $1.2 million cash-on-hand across her campaign and committee accounts. The group…

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Second Democrat files for Ross Spano’s House seat

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A second Democrat filed Thursday for the House District 59 seat, setting up a primary battle to face Dover Republican state Rep. Ross Spano in the general election next year. Rena Jade Upshaw-Frazier, a partner at Quarles and Brady law firm in Tampa and a Stetson School of Law graduate, will take on schoolteacher Golnaz Sahebzamani for the Democratic nod. Frazier is married to former USF basketball star Anddrikk Frazier. The presidential election has made the District 59 seat a more…

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