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Dana Young’s voting record blasted by her SD 18 opponents in debate

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Debating for the first time in the state Senate District 18 race, South Tampa Republican Dana Young had her voting record pummeled by her three more-liberal male opponents at the Reeves Theatre on the University of Tampa campus Wednesday. Young has maintained a fairly conservative record in her six years representing House District 60, a record her Democratic first-time opponent, Bob Buseing, has said is out of the mainstream of the voters in SD 18 which, like HD 60, encompasses South Tampa and much of…

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Endorsement Watch: Hispanic Leadership Fund, National Association of Police Organizations, others issue endorsements

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With just a few days until the election, organizations are continuing to roll out endorsements for state and federal candidates. — Add the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce to the list of groups backing Randy Perkins. The Chamber endorsed Perkins in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. The organization, according to the Perkins campaign, made its decision based on his “understanding of the importance of a robust business climate and the role of economic development when it comes to policy and…

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Bob Buesing places final TV ad in SD 18 race

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Bob Buesing has gone to the airwaves to make his final pitch for voters in Florida’s state Senate District 18 race. In his new ad, called “kitchen” now airing on broadcast and cable stations in the Tampa Bay area this week, the Tampa Democrat makes the case that “Florida politics just don’t reflect real people anymore,” as shots of regular voters are shown staring straight into the camera(including former University of Tampa political science professor and major local Democrat Rich Piper). “Problems don’t get…

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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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Bob Graham announces his support for fellow Democrat Bob Buesing’s state Senate bid

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With just eight days to go before the voting ends in Florida, state Senate District 18 Democratic hopeful Bob Buesing received some welcome news Monday when former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham endorsed him. “Bob Buesing is the right person to work across the aisle to address Florida’s challenges and get things done for the people of Senate District 18 in Tallahassee,” said Graham in a statement issued by the Buesing campaign early Monday. “I’m endorsing Bob because he’ll be a fresh voice in Tallahassee dedicated…

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Everglades Trust endorses Bob Buesing in the SD 18 race

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Attorney and Senate District 18 Democratic candidate Bob Buesing boasts on the campaign trail he is a proud signer of the Now Or Neverglades Declaration, so it’s not exactly a surprise he is receiving the endorsement of the Everglades Trust. Buesing was one of 18 candidates running in local, state, and federal races in Florida next month who received the backing of the Trust Thursday, the first time in their 22-year history the group is making endorsements. “After years of inaction from political leaders, we decided it’s Now…

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Law enforcement agencies come out en masse to support Dana Young in SD 18 race

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The Dana Young campaign for Hillsborough County’s state Senate District 18 seat is touting endorsements from law enforcement agencies Thursday.  The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), the Florida Police Benevolent Association (Florida PBA), the West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association (West Central Florida PBA), and the Tampa Police Benevolent Association (Tampa PBA) all are backing the South Tampa Republican. “Rep. Young has been a tireless advocate of law enforcement in the Florida House,” said Matt Puckett, executive director of the…

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