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Eleven things I think I think about the Tampa Bay Times’ endorsements in state House races

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Let’s put aside for a moment the argument about whether newspaper endorsements matter much in modern campaigns. Even if not a single likely voter was swayed by the opinions of editorial boards, the endorsements still matter because they matter to the candidates themselves. That’s why you see even the most Republican of candidates — with their national standard-bearer whipping his supporters into a frenzy against the media — touting the support of their local newspaper. The Tampa Bay Times, the state’s…

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Pinellas candidates to square off in debate at SPC

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To help citizens go to the polls as informed voters, St. Petersburg College is presenting a debate for local candidates seeking public office in the Nov. 8 general election. The debate, sponsored by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions and co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Digitorium on the Seminole campus, 9200 113th St. N. Admission is free, but advance registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu. Voting is the most…

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Pinellas newcomer Joseph ‘JB’ Bensmihen is convinced he will win the HD 68 seat this fall

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Joseph “JB” Bensmihen hasn’t been in Pinellas County very long. In fact, he officially became a resident only within the last week. So while you might consider that fact alone makes him a decided underdog in the now wide open Pinellas County state House District 68 seat, he doesn’t. And he has an impressive history of exceeding people’s expectations about himself. “I don’t want to sound silly, but I got a gift,” the 47-year-old home health care business exec said last week while speaking…

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