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Open seat race in state Rep. Alan Williams’ HD 8 heating up early

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The race to succeed term-limited state Rep. Alan Williams in House District 8 — which takes in part of Tallahassee, including the state Capitol — has attracted another Democratic hopeful in Clarence Jackson, former mayor of the Gadsden city of Gretna. Jackson, who mounted a brief run in 2014 when it appeared Williams would step away from the Legislature to pursue a seat on the Tallahassee City Commission, told WCTV he plans to file in July. Jackson gave way in deference…

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Pam Bondi wins two more GOP straw polls

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Random voters polls are showing Republicans undecided in their primary for attorney general, but Pam Bondi is starting to pile up a Marco Rubio-like record of crushing wins in straw polls among party activists, including a landslide today in her home county of Hillsborough. In a straw poll among members of the Hillsborough County Republican Party executive committee and the Republican clubs of Fishhawk and Brandon, Bondi got 273 votes to 7 for Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp and 2 for…

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St. Pete Times bites tongue: PolitiFact rules I’m telling the truth about Deveron Gibbons’ record

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From Aaron Shrockman: Is Deveron Gibbons a bad driver? The political blog What’s Wrong With Deveron? sure wants you to think so. The blog, maintained by Peter Schorsch and created to bash Gibbons, contends that the first-time candidate has had his driver’s license suspended at least seven times. “His driver’s license was suspended as recently as December 1, 2008, only one month before Gibbons filed to run for mayor of St. Petersburg,” Schorsch wrote on the blog. “Dating back to…

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