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Here’s where the money chase stands in Tampa Bay’s legislative races

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Tampa Bay legislative candidates have filed their second-to-last campaign finance reports before Election Day, and Republicans still look like they’ll hold onto five of the six Senate seats covering Hillsborough or Pinellas counties. Sens. Tom Lee, Bill Galvano, and Jeff Brandes have already been re-elected without opposition, while Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala only faces a write-in candidate. Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson faces Republican John “Mr. Manners” Houman in the SD 19 race, though he has been piling on to…

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Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn to engage in radio debate on August 25

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Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond, the two Democrats running for the House District 68 seat in Pinellas County, have agreed to participate in their one and only one-on-one debate before the Aug. 30 primary. It will be broadcast live on WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa, on the station’s MidPoint program this Thursday, Aug. 25 at noon, to be moderated by this reporter. Other than a June Suncoast Tiger Bay forum (where they appeared with Republican HD 68 candidate JB Benshimen), the candidates have not engaged in a…

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Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County endorse both Ben Diamond and Eric Lynn in HD 68 race

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St. Petersburg attorney Ben Diamond announced Monday that he’s being endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County in the race for the House District 68 seat in Pinellas County. “I’m so grateful to have the support of the Stonewall Democrats,” said Diamond in a statement. “While we were all thrilled when a year ago the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, there’s still so much work to do. When I get to Tallahassee, I’ll continue to fight for the…

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Charlie Justice says he’s still endorsing Ben Diamond, but Eric Lynn has his support

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Updated- After we reported this morning that Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice had switched from endorsing Ben Diamond in the  House District 68 candidate Ben Diamond to being neutral in the race with fellow Democrat Eric Lynn, we received a call from Tom Alte, Diamond’s campaign manager, saying that Justice was still endorsing Diamond. We went back and reviewed the statement sent to us by Justice on Thursday. In fact, Justice does that, “while Ben asked for and received my endorsement,…

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