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HD-52 candidate Jeff Brandes draws 150 to campaign kick-off

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If state Rep. Bill Heller isn’t worried yet, he didn’t see what I saw Thursday night at Jeff Brandes’ campaign kick-off at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  What I saw was 150 or so mostly young, but all politically active District 52 voters, including St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Ed Montanari.  What I saw was a hungry, well-funded, well-organized candidate who is not on vacation in North Carolina, like certain incumbent state representatives.  What I saw was a hard-working…

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Alright, I won’t run for H-52

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Since first beginning to explore the possibility of campaigning to represent the people of the 52nd District in the House of Representative, I have been humbled by the support and encouragement I received from across Pinellas County, and indeed, beyond. Like so many Floridians, I am relieved to know Representative Heller will not run for the Florida Senate and will continue to serve in his current capacity. So today, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my withdrawal from…

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If Bill Heller runs for Senate, Frank Farkas runs for H-52

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Walking door-to-door for Jamie Bennett, I ran into my ol’ friend Frank Farkas. Talked him up about running again, and Frank said, if Bill Heller, as expected, runs for the state Senate and vacates his House seat, Farkas would run again to retake his old seat. Good for you, Frank, although you’re pretty much a liberal by today’s standards in Tallahassee.

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Charlie Justice’s bold move

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Well, Charlie Justice set off quite a roogoodoo yesterday when he announced he is running against Bill Young in 2010. I give Charlie all the credit in the world for stepping up to challenge Young. I was just so sick and tired of the annual Will-Bill-Young-retire parlor game. Charlie’s announcement doesn’t end that, but the writing is on the wall for Young, who, despite being chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee, is still a Republican vote in the House. Can…

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Wayne Garcia — the PoHo — screwed up

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If he was still in the political consulting business, Wayne Garcia would probably be the busiest guy in town right now. He was at the top of his game before he left the business to write for The Weekly Planet and teach at UF. Of all the pros in the local political scene, I respect Wayne’s opinion probably the most because he’s independent enough to not snowjob every story. That said, Wayne Garcia, the self-titled Political Whore or PoHo, screwed…

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Bill Heller to file today or tomorrow for H-52

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For reasons beyond me, former USF dean Bill Heller intends to file today or tomorrow to run for House District 52, challenging established front-runner Liz McCallum for the Democratic nomination. Someone please tell me how a 70-year-old man is going to outwork the GOP candidate? How is Heller going to walk door-to-door in August? Why do we want someone in office who will be 78 at the end of his possible term? Of course, Heller’s candidacy is being egged on…

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To run or not to run? Bill Heller faces a decision in H-52

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From The Buzz: Former USF St Pete Dean Bill Heller looks to many Democrats like a dream candidate for recapturing state House District 52, now held by Frank Farkas. But despite heavy recruiting from Betty Castor and others, Heller has not yet decided to run. Meanwhile Republican frontrunner Angelo Cappelli says he gave the dean a little warning a few weeks ago. “I told him, ‘If you run against me, make sure you know I’m bringing everything I have to…

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