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Here’s where sh*t stands — the ‘Democrats can’t keep it together’ edition

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For an entire eight days — EIGHT DAYS — local Democrats had their sh*t together. On April 25, state Rep. Dwight Dudley announces he will not seek re-election. Hours later, the well-liked Ben Diamond announces his candidacy for Dudley’s seat along with the endorsements of almost all of Pinellas’ Democratic elected officials. The seamless transition was almost Republican in its efficiency. Then, on May 3, Eric Lynn, heretofore a candidate for the 13th Congressional District, announces that he is dropping…

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An inside look at Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign challenges

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Victorious St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa-Wheeler-Brown’s campaign wasn’t exactly ideal. Negative attacks following the Primary Election clouded her intended message and dominated conversation in the media. And, as a result, her campaign management became too much of the conversation. “We work very hard to keep the consultants out of the story,” said Tom Alte, a consultant with the campaign. “You want the candidates to be able to get their message out and to talk to the voters and tell them what…

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Direct mail round-up: Flier claims Will Newton got paid for days he didn’t work as a firefighter

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First he was portrayed as a bobble head doll who says “no” to everything. Now a negative mailer targeting St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton pictures the candidate wearing an obnoxious Hawaiian shirt, a crown made of flowers, and a hula skirt all squeezed into a life float. The heading under the photo says, “Will Newton, Beach Days With Our Tax Dollars.” The other side explains the “beach days.” “We don’t know if Will was actually hanging out at…

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Second complaint associated with Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s campaign filed with the state elections commission

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Another elections complaint has been filed associated with the Lisa Wheeler-Brown campaign. This time the complaint is not directly targeted at Wheeler-Brown and instead at a campaign consultant and his PAC, the Florida Voters Fund. James Donelon, the same South Pasadena resident who filed a complaint against Wheeler-Brown alleging a slew of campaign finance violations, is requesting the Florida Elections Commission investigate Tom Alte of Blue Ticket Consulting and his relationship between both the campaign and the Florida Voters Fund.…

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