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Should’ve known better: HD 63 hopeful Lisa Montelione’s illegal yard sign — in her own district

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Yard signs have been a part of American politics since the invention of campaigns — and yards. Some see yard signs as vastly overrated, while others insist they are an indispensable tool in shaping perception among voters. Either way, if a candidate chooses to use yard signs — especially a veteran sitting lawmaker like Lisa Montelione — they had better understand the rules of the game. The Tampa City Councilwoman is currently running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Shawn…

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Lisa Montelione ghosts her own TV ad

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  House District 63 Democratic candidate Lisa Montelione is up on the air with a television ad, and it’s a little more unconventional than what you’re used to seeing. The ad begins with what is described by the narrator as a “commercial film set,” where we quickly meet the director, cameraman, as well as a technical crew — but no actual candidate. Montelelione’s face then does show up inside a picture frame, with the narrator saying that “she’s busy working on things that matter.” “So…

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La Gaceta endorses Shawn Harrison for HD 63

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La Gaceta, Tampa’s trilingual weekly newspaper, has endorsed incumbent Shawn Harrison in the state House District 63 race. Harrison, a one-term Republican, faces Democrat Lisa Montelione in the November general election. The area, which includes New Tampa, has been a swing district. An editorial in the newspaper — publishing articles in English, Spanish and Italian — said that “normally, we support Democrats, but lately we’ve noticed some Democrats aren’t acting like Democrats. Lisa Montelione is on that list.” Publisher Patrick Manteiga is also a Democratic political…

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Joe Henderson: When political opportunity knocks, Lisa Montelione gets busy

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You can never take a moment off in politics, so when Lisa Montelione saw an opportunity Tuesday morning, she got busy. A frisky black bear had climbed up a tree about two blocks from her home in north Tampa. While authorities worked to safely remove the animal, Montelione was thinking ahead. “I told them they better not harm a hair on that bear’s head. That’s a constituent,” she said with a laugh. “When they get him out of that tree,…

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Shawn Harrison to host HD 63 re-election kickoff in Tampa

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Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison is holding a campaign kickoff party Thursday evening for his House District 63 re-election effort. The event begins 5:30 p.m. at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa. The Hillsborough County area seat is one that Florida Democrats are eyeing as a swing district they can switch in November. As the GOP incumbent, Harrison has momentum on his side, which should help to keep financial dominance over the pair of Democrats vying to…

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