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The Keyser Soze of Florida politics

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Even though it’s a little hypocritical of me filing election complaints against candidates for such sins of omission as failing to include the required disclaimer on their campaign material, I do so for an important reason. I believe it’s important for candidates running for office to retain the counsel of a paid political consultant, if for no other reason than so that someone can help navigate them through the hazardous waters of campaign finance laws.  Just as a judge (unofficially)…

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Qualifying Week: Number of NPA candidates surging in 2010

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The number of independent candidates running for statewide office is soaring. So far 27 people have announced their intentions to run as an independent for Congress, state Cabinet or the Governor’s Mansion. Just four years ago, only 11 people ran for statewide office with no party affiliation. As Whitney Ray reports, the surge in independent candidates may be a symptom of the growing distaste for incumbent candidates. State qualifying began Monday, and the first two candidates through the door were…

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Another casualty of Qualifying Week: Dawn Thompson drops out of race for House District 51

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You really have to give it to a candidate whose entire basis for running is that she looks like a bad knockoff of Sarah Palin,  But that’s really all Republican Dawn Thompson had to offer and offer it she did.  The first time I met her — I think it was the night of the City of St. Petersburg  city elections — Thompson tagged along with a group of us enjoying a drink or two at the St. Pete Yacht…

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First surprise of Qualifying Week? Rich Reidy drops out of race for H-47, endorses Jamie Grant

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Ladies and gentleman, we have our first surprise of Qualifying Week — the period candidates for state and local office have to file theirpaperwork to make their candidacies official. Rich Reidy unexpectedly announced his withdrawal as a candidate for Florida House of Representatives District #47.   Although highly competitive with a respectable financial war chest, Reidy, who has deep grassroots support and a long history of serving Hillsborough County citizens as an aide to Commission Chair Ken Hagan, indicated that he…

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