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Mitch Perry Report for 11.1.16 — Russian involvement’ in presidential election still a mystery

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The Tampa Bay area gets one last, large dose of Bill and Hillary Clinton today. Hillary makes her first campaign appearance in what used to be considered a crucial bellwether — Pasco County, for an appearance this afternoon at Pasco-Hernando State College. Bill Clinton, meanwhile, makes his second appearance in the past 14 days in Pinellas County, speaking in South St. Petersburg. With a week to go before the presidential election wraps up, the most significant national story in the papers this…

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Joe Henderson: Ross Spano mailer in HD 59: Tacky? Yes. Sexist? No.

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Thanks to the always-working, never-sleeping Mitch Perry, readers of this site are aware of the controversy about a mailer from the Republican Party of Florida supporting Ross Spano in the House District 59 campaign. After the mailer labeled Democratic opponent Rena Frazier’s experience as “INSUFFICIENT” — in all caps, big red letters — the House and Senate Victory committee fired back, saying Republicans “should be ashamed of themselves for this baseless and sexist attack on Rena Frazier.” Take a deep…

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Florida Democrats accuse Ross Spano of sexism for questioning Rena Frazier’s experience

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The Florida Democratic Party is accusing Ross Spano of sexism after the Dover Republican sent out a mailer questioning the experience of Rena Frazier, his Democratic opponent in the House District 59 race. The front of the mailer in question reads, “Important Message: Turn This Card over to learn more about Rena Frazier’s experience.” The flip side shows a mock resume, with the word “IINSUFFICIENT” stamped across the page, with nothing underneath it. A message at the bottom reads, “Our community is too precious to…

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Hillary Clinton warns a Tampa crowd that Donald Trump “can still win”

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Hillary Clinton celebrated her 69th birthday by giving a speech in downtown Tampa on Wednesday afternoon, just as the polls are getting tighter between herself and Donald Trump. Trump must win Florida to have any shot at getting the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency, but Clinton is also pushing hard to win in Florida, with three official campaign stops in the Sunshine State over the past two days. “Now, Donald Trump says he can still win, and he’s right, that’s why it’s…

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Tampa Bay area legislative hopefuls endorsed by Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind a few Tampa Bay area Democrats. The Florida Democratic Party announced Friday the president endorsed 13 Democrats running for state House and Senate. Among those on the list: Bob Buesing in Senate District 18, Rena Frazier in House District 59, Lisa Montelione in House District 63, and Ben Diamond in House District 68. “President Obama’s extraordinary service to our nation has inspired in me a strong desire to serve our community and…

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Eleven things I think I think about the Tampa Bay Times’ endorsements in state House races

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Let’s put aside for a moment the argument about whether newspaper endorsements matter much in modern campaigns. Even if not a single likely voter was swayed by the opinions of editorial boards, the endorsements still matter because they matter to the candidates themselves. That’s why you see even the most Republican of candidates — with their national standard-bearer whipping his supporters into a frenzy against the media — touting the support of their local newspaper. The Tampa Bay Times, the state’s…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Conservation Voters, NRA issue endorsements

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With just a few weeks until the election, organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Retail Federation, Florida Conservation Voters, and the NRA Political Victory Fund — issued endorsements. — Neal Dunn has received the backing of the NRA Political Victory Fund. “As a staunch supporter and defender of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, I am proud to have been endorsed by, and received an AQ…

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