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For Ben Diamond, Wengay Newton, a time of learning and outreach

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Tuesday is an important day for freshman members of the Florida Legislature. They’ll be sworn in and have to start making good on those campaign promises. However, there’s a lot to do before they start filing bills. “It’s going to be a learning session for me,” said Wengay Newton, who represents House District 70, which covers portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. Ben Diamond, who won the race for House District 68, which covers a portion of Pinellas…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Where to find Tampa Bay candidates on election night

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Election night parties will be raging across the state Tuesday. For some, it’s a chance to pop some bottles and celebrate. For others, it will be a somber event, marking the last hurrah of a long, hard-fought campaign. Want to party like a politician? Here’s a rundown of where candidates will be as the polls close. U.S. Senate It was one of the most-watched U.S. Senate races this election cycle. And on Tuesday night, both Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep.…

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Ben Diamond puts up first TV of general election campaign for HD 68

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Pinellas County House District 68 hopeful Ben Diamond is going up with his first television ad of the general election campaign. Diamond, 38, defeated Eric Lynn last month in one of the most competitive Democratic primary races in the Legislature this year, and is now facing home health care executive JB Benshimen in the Nov. 8 election. As FloridaPolitics reported Monday, Diamond is crushing Benshimen when it comes to fundraising. As of Sept. 16, Diamond has raised $292, 688, Benshimen $14,608. Now Diamond is spending some of that money on…

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Finance reports show Eric Lynn never transferred all of the money out of his congressional account

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Eric Lynn promised to transfer $500,000 from his congressional campaign into a political committee backing his state House run, but state and federal records show Lynn moved much less than that. Federal campaign finance records show Lynn had $273,481 in his federal campaign account as of June 30. The most recent reporting period ran from April 1 to June 30. Lynn announced in May he was ending his bid in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, opting instead to run for the…

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Ben Diamond beats Eric Lynn in HD 68 race, 54%-46%

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Ben Diamond has defeated Eric Lynn in the highly competitive House District 68 Democratic race in Pinellas County. Diamond received 54 percent of the votes, Lynn 46 percent. “I’m so humbled by this victory,” said Diamond after the final results. “I want to thank all of my volunteers, supporters, friends, and family who worked so hard to make this happen. I also want to congratulate Eric Lynn on a well-run race.” The two men — both running for office for the first…

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Eric Lynn makes last-minute push in HD 68 primary

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Eric Lynn is spending the weekend getting out the vote. The St. Petersburg Democrat is set to attend get-out-the-vote events throughout House District 68 this weekend. The events mark a final push to get voters to the polls ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Lynn is scheduled to hold a volunteer get-out-the-vote event at 10 a.m. today at 4544 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The event is meant to rally supporters and kick off the weekend. He’ll hold a similar event at noon…

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RSA Consulting, Suskey Consulting tapped to lobby for PSTA

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Members of the board that oversees Pinellas transportation voted Wednesday to hire Alan Suskey and RSA Consulting to represent the county’s transit authority before the Florida Legislature. The vote was unanimous, with Ben Diamond abstaining. Diamond is running for the state House District 68 seat and wanted to avoid the appearance of impropriety should he win. Staff members of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority had recommended that board members hire RSA and Suskey for a three-year contract with two one-year…

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