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Raucous St. Pete mayoral debate ends in chaos

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It went downhill fast. The first St. Petersburg mayoral campaign forum to include all the candidates on the August 29 ballot ended in chaos Monday night after one contender, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, got into a verbal dispute with an audience member. At that point, moderator Pat Wood of the League of Women Voters threw up her hands and declared the debate was over. What ensued was a scuffle among audience members that had to be broken up by the St. Petersburg…

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Medical marijuana’s big Florida win, as voters ‘writ large’ said yes

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Florida voters approved medical marijuana with 71 percent of the vote on Election Day, and a new report commissioned by Florida for Care shows just how widespread support for the measure was in every corner of the state. According to the TLE Analytics report, Amendment 2 reached the 60 percent threshold in each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts, all 40 state Senate districts, and 118 of 120 Florida House districts. The two House districts where the measure failed, HD 110…

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Several top Florida fundraisers among those listed as hosts for Donald Trump transition fundraiser

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Donald Trump’s transition finance committee will host a major fundraiser in New York next week, and several well-known Florida politicos are among those supporters listed on the invitation. The fundraiser, which was first reported by POLITICO, is scheduled for Dec. 7 in New York. According to POLITICO, the $5,000 per person fundraiser will benefit Trump for America, the group funding the transition. Trump is expected to attend the breakfast, according to POLITICO. The hosts include Brian Ballard, the president-elect’s top…

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Despite end of formal fundraising, Donald Trump to hold breakfast event at Doral Wednesday

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Donald Trump may have said he was scaling back on high-dollar fundraising — ending with a Las Vegas luncheon held last week — but it didn’t mean he wasn’t quite done raising money. The Republican nominee, joined by Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus and former ambassador Mel Sembler, among others, returns to Florida for a breakfast event Wednesday at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. Proceeds will go to boost Trump Victory, an organization Trump established with the RNC to help…

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Endorsement Watch: Associated Industries of Florida, Democratic Progressive Caucus, the Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including Associated Industries of Florida, the Democratic Progressive Caucus, and the Florida Retail Federation — issued endorsements. — Associated Industries of Florida has endorsed Marco Rubio in his U.S. Senate re-election bid. “Marco has led rational efforts to reassert American principles of freedom and representative government throughout the globe,” said Tom Feeney, the president…

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Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust gives $800K to Drug Free Florida

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Drug-Free Florida saw another big fundraising period, raising more than $800,000 in about a week. State records show the organization raised $805,000 between July 9 and July 15, the most recent fundraising period. That sum includes a single $800,000 donation from the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust and brings its total fundraising haul to more than $8.1 million Carol Jenkins Barnett is the daughter of George Jenkins, the founder of Publix Super Markets. She is a longtime supporter of programs…

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Eric Lynn’s fundraising prowess continues in HD 68 race in June

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Eric Lynn raised an impressive amount of money in his bid for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional delegation in 2015 and the first part of 2016, and that fundraising prowess is continuing now that he is running for a state House seat. The Lynn campaign announced on Friday that the former Defense Department adviser had raised over $105,000 in the first 24 days of June, with $53,000 going into his House District 68 campaign, and an additional $52,000 into his political committee, Pinellas Community Voters Fund.…

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