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Lisa Montelione feels confident in HD 63 Democratic primary versus Mike Reedy

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Lisa Montelione said it was “excruciatingly hard” to decide to give up her Tampa City Council seat next year, but that’s what will happen now that she’s decided to run for the Florida Legislature in 2016. She’ll take on fellow Democrat Mike Reedy in the House District 63 primary next August, with the winner to face GOP incumbent Shawn Harrison in November. Regarding that primary race against Reedy, Montelione said simply, “I will win.” The Hillsborough County-based seat is one…

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Pinellas Democratic Party chair thinks it’s premature to speculate about CD 13 race

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(Updated with quote from Eric Lynn spokesman Bill Burton below). Even before a poll was released earlier this week that showed he would be an overwhelming underdog to former Gov. Charlie Crist in a Democratic primary election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Eric Lynn made it clear that he was committing to run for the seat next year. And that’s the way it should be, says Susan McGrath, chair of the Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee. “I don’t know why he would not stay in.…

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Florida Supreme Court’s direct impact on David Jolly’s CD 13 seat

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The already intriguing congressional race in Florida’s 13th District currently occupied by Republican David Jolly became even more so on Thursday, after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Legislature must redraw the district for being out of compliance with the Fair Districts constitutional amendments. The court ruled that eight districts in all must be redistricted, including the CD 14 currently held by Democrat Kathy Castor — which should have a direct impact on Jolly’s CD 13 seat. In its ruling, the…

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Darden Rice says Eric Lynn’s strong fundraising is NOT the reason why she won’t challenge him in CD 13 race

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Less than two weeks after announcing that she was considering entering the Democratic primary for Congressional District 13, Darden Rice has chosen to remain in her St. Petersburg City Council seat, and will not enter the contest after all. In a statement issued to media outlets Friday morning, Rice wrote that after taking the time to consider the possibility of running, she has decided not to enter the race because of two main considerations: “First, my deep-seated love for St.…

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Eric Lynn off to hot start in Democratic CD 13 primary contest

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Until last week, Democrat Eric Lynn had keep an extremely low-profile since announcing this spring that he was aiming to defeat David Jolly in the CD 13 contest in 2016. Sources close to the 36-year-old former Defense Department adviser under Barack Obama said he was initially intent on establishing his bona fides as a serious candidate by concentrating on fundraising. That strategy is about to pay dividends in the short-term at least, as advisors to Lynn tell Florida Politics that he will soon…

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Darden Rice isn’t sure of a run for Congress, but a new Facebook page wants her to

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Democrats have long struggled to nab the Republican-dominated Congressional District 13 seat covering parts of Pinellas, including the deep red North County and Seminole neighborhoods. Now it seems they have an influx of talent eyeballing the seat. Eric Lynn, a former adviser to three different secretaries of defense, has already filed to run. Former Tampa City Council member and locally acclaimed progressive Mary Mulhern announced she’s definitely in. Now St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice has said she’s seriously…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.24.15 — Rick Scott wins again

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Jeb Bush likes to boast on the campaign trail that he used to be called “Veto Corleone,” so prevalent was his mission to stamp out pork and other forms of what he perceived to be excessive and unnecessary government spending when as governor of Florida he was presented with the budget every year. Jeb Bush has nothing on Rick Scott. The current Florida governor yesterday vetoed $461 million of government spending. It was a notable departure from a year ago, an…

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