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Gus Bilirakis makes impressive appearance on Political Connections

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Sunday morning, I had a chance to catch Gus Bilirakis on the weekly Bay News 9 Political Connections digest. The Tarpon Springs Republican, chatting with host Al Ruechel, touched on what I would easily say is his most significant issues, including problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, co-sponsoring the 21st Century Cures Act, and his vision for 2017. During the eight-minute segment, viewers could catch a glimpse of three key moments. “This shouldn’t happen—it’s just an awful thing,” Bilirakis…

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Frank Farkas: Senate Prez Fight Far From Over

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From the Buzz: State Rep. Frank Farkas, the St. Petersburg Republican vying with Kim Berfield for the Senate District 16 GOP nomination, taped a “Political Connections” interview yesterday that will air in Tampa Bay Sunday at 11 a.m. on Bay News 9. Afterward, we asked his take on the Alex Villalobos/Jeff Atwater battle over the Senate presidency in 2008. Farkas switched his pledge from Villalobos to Atwater (who has Berfield’s too), but said he couldn’t predict with certainty who would…

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Adam Smith’s expose on JNC politics is better late than never

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The difficulty for being Adam Smith, the St. Petersburg Times political editor (other than his getting dressed for the TV program “Political Connections,” on which Smith displays both an ability for insightful journalism and horrendous wardrobe choices, is that his newspaper spent the last four years sleepwalking through the GOP ascendancy in Pinellas politics. That’s why Smith is forced to write catch-up pieces, such as today’s article debating the apoliticalness (new word!) of the Pinellas-Pasco Judicial Nomination Commission. Smith writes…

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