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National GOP group lists Jackie Toledo’s run in HD 60 as one of 16 to watch

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The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is listing Tampa engineer Jackie Toledo‘s candidacy for Hillsborough County House District 60 among the “16 in ’16: Races to Watch” nationally on Friday. Toledo is running in a fierce battle against Tampa land-use attorney David Singer for the seat that has been held for the past six years by Dana Young. According to a statement, the list highlights women and diverse candidates recognized as up-and-coming party leaders in their communities.  “With just under two weeks to go until Election…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.26.16 — Can Donald Trump exploit ACA premium increases?

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The announcement this week that premiums for “silver” health care plans in the state-based exchanges will rise by an average of 22 percent next year has received maximum news coverage, including by political reporters who think it could an “October surprise” that benefits the Republican Party. It is a gift to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and other Republicans running in tight races, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out over this week, and how Hillary Clinton addresses…

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Realtors backs David Singer in HD 60 race

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The Greater Tampa Realtors unveiled their list of endorsements in the upcoming election on Tuesday, and one of their most provocative selections is choosing Democrat David Singer over Republican Jackie Toledo in the House District 60 campaign. The Realtors made 20 selections in all: 10 Republicans, six Democrats, and four candidates running in nonpartisan races. All of the Democrats, except one, the Realtors are backing are incumbents or, in some cases, running in open seats where they are heavily favored: CD 14 Rep. Kathy Castor, SD 19 Senate…

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Here’s where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

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With two weeks to go until Election Day, the Tampa Bay area’s Senate seats are pretty much decided. Welcome back Sens. Jack Latvala and Tom Lee and say hello to Darryl Rouson, who should cruise past John “Mr. Manners” Houman to win the SD 19 seat. Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young still has a race ahead of her for the SD 18 seat, however. Young is running against Democrat Bob Buesing and a pair of high-polling, no-party candidates for the…

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Hillsborough GOP contributes $1K to Jim Davison’s Tampa City Council campaign. But is it legal?

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Although technically a nonpartisan board, party politics have been at play on who serves on the Tampa City Council for awhile. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the Hillsborough County Republican Party is backing Jim Davison in the District 7 race. However, its $1,000 contribution to his campaign may have gone too far. According to the Tampa City Charter, Section 8.19, “A candidate for municipal office shall not: 1) Campaign as a member of any political party; 2) Publicly represent or advertise as a member of any…

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Primary elections did little to unscramble House Speaker race

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August’s primary elections did not produce a breakthrough for any of the contenders in the behind-the-scenes, internecine scrum to one day lead the Florida House of Representatives. Instead, the race to be House Speaker in 2022-24 has settled in for a long slog which may not be decided until, at the earliest, 2018. And, according to a handful of the insiders who truly understand how a leadership race works, the eventual winner may not even be one of the current leading…

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It looks like Tim Schock and Pat Kemp won’t debate before next month’s Hillsborough County Commission election

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Tim Schock admits that he couldn’t commit to the initial dates proposed by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and the League of Women voters regarding a proposed debate with his Hillsborough County Commission District 6 opponent, Pat Kemp. Now Kemp says she’s too busy to debate Schock before the Nov. 8 election, and Schock isn’t happy about that. “She won’t talk about the issues,” Schock complained early Monday evening. “What’s more important than debating the issues? To turn down the press…

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