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Deveron Gibbons joins Charlie Crist in leaving Republican Party

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Former St. Petersburg, Florida, mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons spoke with a political science class at Eckerd College on Wednesday night and revealed that he was no longer a registered Republican. He was the guest speaker that the instructor invited to talk with the class about lobbying. At one point during the class, the floor was open to questions. One student commented on his own perception that Gibbons was a moderate among a very conservative Republican Party in Florida. The student then…

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You’re invited to concert for Matt King

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Tarpon Springs mayoral candidate Matt King is holding a concert to raise funds for his insurgent campaign. Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010 Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm The Zone Lounge, Tarpon Springs 121 East Tarpon Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL Entertainment: The Dapper Dan Band, Evergreen (Celtic to Country), Singer/Songwriter Keith Hope, and Peter Grace and friends. $10.00 admission. Refreshments are available. For directions, parking info, and questions call 727-367-3592 or 727-776-3206.

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You’re invited to concert for Matt King

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Tarpon Springs mayoral candidate Matt King is holding a concert to raise funds for his insurgent campaign. Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010 Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm The Zone Lounge, Tarpon Springs 121 East Tarpon Avenue Tarpon Springs, FL Entertainment: The Dapper Dan Band, Evergreen (Celtic to Country), Singer/Songwriter Keith Hope, and Peter Grace and friends. $10.00 admission. Refreshments are available. For directions, parking info, and questions call 727-367-3592 or 727-776-3206.

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Elections complaint against St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Scott Wagman dismissed

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The Florida Election Commission has decided that Internet ads used by mayoral candidate Scott Wagman this summer didn’t violate election rules, though the group is recommending that lawmakers clarify how old campaign laws should apply to new media. A complaint had been filed with the commission claiming Wagman’s ads violated elections law because they didn’t include disclaimers declaring them “political advertisement paid for and approved by Scott Wagman for mayor.” The candidate said there wasn’t room on those small, hypertext…

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Mitch Kates: Loser of the Week

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From the Buzz: Loser of the Week: Democratic consultant Mitch Kates. No Tampa Bay political consultant in recent years has received more glowing publicity than Kates. The former professional wrestler was the architect behind the winning campaigns of state Sen. Charlie Justice, Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. This year he landed St Pete mayoral candidate Scott Wagman, who pumped in more than $170,000 of his own money and far outspent everyone else. Kates…

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Deveron Gibbons refunds contributions from indicted supporter Tom Coehlo

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons refunded two contributions from prominent supporter Tom Coehlo, a local businessman arrested on fraud charges in early July. I previously wondered why the Times had not written about the connection between Gibbons and Coehlo, who hosted a fundraiser for Gibbons in March and was listed as a major supporter of Gibbons: Certainly Gibbons is embarrassed enough by the Coehlo connection that he believed it necessary to refund the contributions. Update: The Bay Buzz —…

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ClickZ writes about Scott Wagman’s Google ads

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From Clickz, a national website covering digital advertising: Florida candidate for state representative Christopher Mitchell began running search ads on Google on Friday, but by Monday afternoon, he had pulled them down. The first-time candidate for Florida’s 47th district didn’t want to risk flouting the state’s election law. Mitchell’s ad takedown may have been the first domino to fall after the Florida Election Commission asked St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Scott Wagman to remove his campaign’s text ads on Facebook and…

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