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Democrat Andrew Learned staffs up ahead of Dennis Ross challenge

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Andrew Learned, the 30-year-old Navy veteran from Bloomingdale seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, announced Wednesday the addition of several new staff members. However, the biggest news is that Learned signed on with Blue Ticket Consulting, the St. Petersburg based Democratic firm led by Tom Alte. Blue Ticket had been behind several successful Tampa Bay-area campaigns last year.

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Navy Veteran Andrew Learned becomes latest Democrat to challenge Dennis Ross in CD 15

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Hopeful for a wave election next year, Democrats are targeting several GOP-controlled congressional districts in Florida for 2018. Florida’s 15th Congressional District, now held by Lakeland’s Dennis Ross, is not one of them. Not yet, anyhow. However, don’t tell that to Democrats in the district, which encompasses parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake Counties. They think that Ross’ vote supporting the American Health Care Act and his championing Donald Trump‘s causes make him extremely vulnerable in the next election cycle. “A lot…

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CD 15 hopeful Greg Pilkington believes 2018 will be big for Democrats — including himself

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is one of a handful of aspiring Democrats who have filed to challenge Dennis Ross in Florida’s 15th Congressional District next year. Nevertheless, Pilkington may be the best organized of the bunch at this early point in the election cycle. Since entering the race, he’s hired some political pros to help him in his attempt to win the crowded Democratic primary next summer. That includes campaign manager Stephen Madden, Blue Ticket Consulting’s Tom Alte as his campaign finance fundraising director, Laura Williams as his communications director, and Phyllis…

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Democratic hopeful Ray Pena says voters in CD 15 ‘not happy with Dennis Ross’

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Although Ray Pena Jr. worked in law enforcement his entire life, he resents that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is “ripping families” apart deporting undocumented immigrants under the Donald Trump administration. “We need a fair and just immigration reform policy right now because what we have is unfair and unjust,” says Pena, who became the first Democrat to file to run for Florida’s 15th Congressional District seat earlier this year. That’s the seat comfortably held for the past six years by…

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Manuel Sykes questions will of city officials to support minority-owned businesses in Midtown

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Suntrust Bank. Sweetbay Supermarket. Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food restaurant. Walgreens. Those are all businesses that have closed, or are about to close, in south St. Petersburg, the Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes said Wednesday. Yet, the city seems to have done nothing to help them stay open or to replace the ones that have closed. City officials could have stepped in with grants or loans or even delayed some actions, Sykes said. But instead of using the city’s power to…

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