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Charlie Crist: Eliminate the tax on Social Security income

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Toni Walker knows all about Social Security. She first received it as a young girl when her father died. That monthly check, she said, was all that kept her family going. It also helped put her through school. When politicians talk about Social Security, she said, they need to remember that it benefits both the young and the old. Walker told the story Friday at a roundtable discussion with former Gov. Charlie Crist, Belleair Bluffs council member Joe Barkley and…

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CD 13 candidate Eric Lynn announces more local endorsements

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Showing continued strength in recruiting local allies to his candidacy, Congressional District 13 Democrat Eric Lynn announced today that four locally elected officials in Pinellas County  have endorsed him in the race to succeed David Jolly next year. They are: Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith, Gulfport City Councilwoman Yolanda Roman, and Bellair Bluffs City Commissioners Joe Barkley and Wanda Schwerer. “Having the endorsements of such a wide range of community leaders encourages me as we continue to campaign,” said Lynn.…

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On the beaches, voters return familiar faces to their city halls

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Voters re-elected incumbents in Belleair, Belleair Bluffs and Indian Rocks Beach as residents headed to the polls on March 10 to cast their ballots in their municipal elections. The residents of Belleair Bluffs gave Chris Arbutine a new two-year term and re-elected all three incumbent members of the city commission. Joe Barkley will finish out the remaining year of a two-year term. Suzy Sofer and John “Jack” Nazario outpolled Robert Russo to win full two-year terms. Winning with more than…

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