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Charlie Justice begins to close fundraising gap in race against Mike Mikurak

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February fundraising in the only competitive Pinellas County Commission race was fairly lackluster. Incumbent, Charlie Justice, took a first step in closing the gap between him and his challenger, Mike Mikurak. With $4,225 coming in during the month, Justice outraised Mikurak by nearly double this report. Mikurak raised $2,695. But the difference didn’t put much of a dent into Mikurak’s fundraising head start. The Republican has raised nearly $74,000 compared to Justice who has raised less than $30,000. Justice pulled…

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Mitch Kates resurfaces as political director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party

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Although he said a couple of years ago that he was going to retire from running campaigns, reports of Mitch Kates departure from the political arena were obviously greatly exaggerated. The latest move for the 51-year-old political strategist – who made a huge splash in the Tampa Bay Area for a short period of time in the mid-to-late aughts – is his recent ascension to becoming the political director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. It’s a big responsibility heading into…

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Community dialogue and art exhibit commemorate St. Pete Pride at Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum

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As St. Petersburg observes Pride Month in June, the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum will play host to two events June 10 and June 11, 2240 Ninth Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. On Thursday, June 10, Equality Florida and St. Petersburg Council Member Steve Kornell, this year’s St. Pete Pride Grand Marshal, invite the community to a dialogue on “Homophobia and Racism.” The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Dr. Goliath J. Davis,…

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Grayson to speak to Hillsborough YDs on Saturday

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Congressman Alan Grayson will speak to the Hillsborough County Democrats. Other speakers will be Tampa City Council Member Mary Mulhern and potential Tampa City Mayor candidate Jim Davis. You can get more information on the Facebook page. A $50.00 donation is required. (h/t to Pushing Rope) Join us for an afternoon to honor CONGRESSMAN ALAN GRAYSON in Tampa on THIS Saturday, January 16 EVENT TIME & LOCATION: Saturday, January 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 824 S. Orleans Ave. Tampa,…

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10 things I think I think about why Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman lost

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1. Both Gibbons and Wagman hired campaign managers who have yet to prove themselves in a significant, competitive race. Gibbons hired Nick Hansen, who’s resume includes efforts for Angelo Cappelli and Mitt Romney, while Toni Molinaro quarterbacked the Pinellas County Democrat’s failed Vote Local campaign. Molinaro also lost her race to retain her precinct in PCDEC. Neither manager’s work history was exactly confidence inspiring. Hansen and Molinaro’s efforts in the Mayoral Campaign weren’t their finest hours, either. Hansen was nowhere…

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Scott Wagman posts concession on (surprise) FB

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If Scott Wagman could just keep his ego in check (!) and look beyond Facebook and Twitter, he’d be a half-way decent candidate (how does Senate District 16 look to you, Scott?). Yet, Scott’s ego continues to run amok, even in defeat. He posted a lengthy letter to his supporters on Facebook that is less a concession and more a manifesto. And, jeez, does Wags let it all hang out. He thanks Lucas Fleming for introducing him to Scott Johni…

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The Worst Election Ever comes to an end

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The last coherent thing my father said before he passed three years ago was the famous line from TS Eliot’s Hollow Men: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. But what do you say when something was a whimper all along? The St. Petersburg Mayoral Race comes to its first conclusion on Tuesday and not with a bang but…

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