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Dana Young beats Bob Buesing in SD 18 race

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In one of the nastiest state legislative races in Florida this fall, Republican Dana Young has defeated Democrat Bob Buesing, 48 percent to 41 percent. Joe Redner finished third with 9.5 percent.  Sheldon Upthegrove, a staff sergeant at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, finished forth with less than one percent of the vote. “Tampa Bay voters have spoken tonight in favor of an experienced and proven voice that is dedicated to reforming our state government, and I am honored to be elected your next state senator,” said…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.7.16 — Closing arguments

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In this space on Friday, we reminisced about October surprises in previous election cycles before referring to the dual bombshells that have rocked this year’s presidential election: First, the release of that 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump spoke lewdly about women, followed 10 days ago with the announcement of the discovery of hundreds of thousands of emails that could be related to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s potential violation of national security documents. We surmised the surprises were over, but…

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Joe Henderson: State Senate race was better when it was just about puppies

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I just watched about the billionth TV ad for the Senate District 18 race with Dana Young and Bob Buesing. I thought the one she ran in the primary with all the adorable puppies couldn’t be topped, but she outdid herself this time. This one features her two daughters defending their mom against all the nasty things the pro-Buesing forces supposedly have said. That was sweet. I mean, who doesn’t love a tight-knit family? But something wasn’t adding up. Dana…

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Democratic Progressive Caucus announces support for Bob Buesing over Joe Redner in SD 18 seat

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With just days to go before the voting ends in the Hillsborough County state Senate District 18 race, the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida is calling on Hillsborough progressives to back Democrat Bob Buesing over independent Joe Redner in the contest. “While Joe Redner is a strong progressive candidate, I urge Hillsborough County progressives, including Joe, to join me in backing Bob Buesing for Florida Senate,” said Susan Smith, president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida. “Bob has a proven track record of…

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Anonymous mailer in SD 18 race gets everyone outraged

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(UPDATED) A political mailer being distributed in Florida’s 18th state Senate District has brought Dana Young and Joe Redner and Bob Buesing together — to criticize it. For all intents and purposes, it looks like a mailer from the Redner campaign, referring to him as a “Bernie Sanders progressive” and criticizing Young as “just another Republican” and Democrat Bob Buesing as a “Rick Scott crony.” However, it’s not paid for by Redner, but instead by a mysterious third-party group called Social Justice PAC, with an address listed on…

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Final poll of key state Senate race shows Dana Young holding lead over Democratic opponent

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Majority Leader Dana Young has maintained her lead in Senate District 18, but needs to continue mobilizing supporters to make sure she comes out on top on Election Day. A new poll by St. Pete Polls, conducted for FloridaPolitics.com, showed 40 percent of Senate District 18 voters are backing Young, compared to 35 percent backing Democrat Bob Buesing. The poll found 14 percent of voters said they were supporting Joe Redner, while 3 percent picked Sheldon Upthegrove. Eight percent of voters…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.3.16 – Guns, pot and minimum wage measures to be voted on next week across the country

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In Florida, we have two constitutional amendments on the ballot that will be decided next Tuesday. The way it looks now, it would be a major upset if Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, fails to get 60 percent of the electorate’s vote. Then again, conventional wisdom was that it would pass in 2014, and it came up a few points short. There’s also Amendment 1, the solar power amendment, where the momentum seems to be going against it at the…

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