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Local fire chief levels verbal complaint against H-48 candidate Tom McKone

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East Lake’s fire chief leveled a verbal harassment complaint against an East Lake Fire District commissioner this week. He said the harassment occurred during a conversation about how military reserve members in the Fire Department should be paid when they’re on active military duty. “I have just been verbally abused by Chairman Tom McKone via cell phone,” Fire Chief Jeff Malzone wrote in an e-mail to commissioners Tuesday. “I demand that this board take the proper course of action.” For…

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Local newspaper balks at publishing Mitch Kates’ ‘press release’ for H-48 candidate Tom McKone

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An anonymous source sent me a series of e-mails between political consultant Mitch Kates and Patrick Wheeler, the publisher of the East Lake Blister. At first glance, these e-mails look like small potatoes, but taken together they reinforce some of the perceptions about how Kates operates; how he works to gain earned media for his clients — a tactic that worked for Kevin Beckner, but backfired for Scott Wagman. It remains to be seen how Kates’ efforts will work for…

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Tampa Bay legislators’ fundraising

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Not much to report for the incumbents…no one has done any damage yet in the race to replace Kevin Ambler in H-47…perhaps Peter Nehr will have problems with Tom McKone in H-48, but other than that it’s standard fare for Pinellas legislators. Here are their fundraising numbers to date: H-48 Peter Nehr raised $13,900 with $12,581 left on hand Tom McKone raised $5,071 with $3,533 left on hand H-49: Darren Soto raised $4,600 with $3,850 left on hand H-50: Ed…

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