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Expand Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, Charlie Crist says

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist spent part of Tuesday morning visiting a housing development in the unincorporated Lealman area that was designed mostly for veterans and disabled veterans. Crist went to Duval Park to see for himself one solution to some of the obstacles veterans face when trying to return to private life. Those obstacles were at the forefront of a roundtable discussion he held Friday with a group of veterans. What he found was a place one vet likened to…

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Bob Gualtieri, Mike Twitty far ahead in fundraising for Pinellas posts

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With less than a month to go before the Aug. 30 primary, Mike Twitty continues to swamp Jim Frishe in the fundraising race. Twitty, who’s running his first campaign, has raised about 2 ½ times more than political veteran Frishe, a former state representative. The two Republicans are vying to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser. Incumbent Pam Dubov is not running for reelection. Twitty raised $370 in the six-days between July 23 and 29, the most recent reporting…

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“Get down” at Dwight Dudley fundraiser

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Dwight Dudley will be “gettin’ down in his dancing shoes,” according to the advertising for an upcoming fundraiser. The fundraiser is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Reno’s Downtown Joint, 27 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. The host, Jon Labudde, and the host committee, Chuck Wray, Scott McIntyre, Mary Rachel Dudley, Peter Downes, Jack O’Grady, Alan Jenkins and Crystal Morales, promise “delicious food to make your belly happy and great music to make your feet busta…

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Pinellas schoolteachers should be allowed to carry concealed weapons, School Board candidate says

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Pinellas schools are not safe and teachers should have the means to defend themselves and students should the need arise, Mike Petruccelli said Wednesday. Petruccelli is an Indian Shores council member who’s making a run for the District 5 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. He made his remarks Wednesday in response to an audience question during a school board candidates’ forum at a luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Eight of the nine candidates running for…

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Pinellas school board candidate: Being elected is “not a priority”

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Robert J. Beal, a first-time candidate, says his first priority is his daughter, who has medical issues, and not the election. “It’s not a priority to tell you the truth,” Beal said Wednesday. “I have a lot on my plate. … Nothing else matters except for my daughter.” But Beal said he’s not withdrawing from the District 1 at-large race for the Pinellas County School Board. He just doesn’t plan a vigorous campaign. “If I get elected, I’ll do the…

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Pinellas School Board candidates enter the Tiger’s Den Wednesday

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The nine candidates for the three open seats on the Pinellas County School Board will be the featured speakers at Wednesday’s luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The nine are the latest in a line of candidates appearing before members of the non-partisan, political club in the run-up to the Aug. 30 election. That election is known more like a primary election, but non-partisan races for school board and judgeships are also on the ballot as is one…

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Mark Bircher, longshot candidate in CD 13, endorses Donald Trump

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Mark Bircher, who’s running for in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Bircher released this statement: “I will be voting for Donald Trump on Nov. 8. “I find that Mr. Trump and I share common ground on the overwhelming number of issues. I share his passion for securing our borders, making trade practices fair, strengthening our military, stopping endless wars, and developing an economic policy that will not bankrupt America. As a fellow political outsider, I welcome…

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