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FRF endorses Ross Spano in HD 59

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The Florida Retail Federation is backing Ross Spano in House District 59. The trade association announced Tuesday it had endorsed Spano, a Dover Republican, in his re-election bid. “During his time in the House, Ross has been focused on small businesses and providing them the support they need to succeed,” said Randy Miller, the president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, in a statement. “We’re confident Ross will continue to focus on Florida businesses following his re-election in House…

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Rena Frazier not interested in Ross Spano’s pledge to run a clean campaign in their HD 59 race

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Earlier this week, Dover Republican Ross Spano reached out to his Democratic challenger in the House District 59 race, Brandon Democrat Rena Frazier, requesting she sign a pledge he had drawn up calling for the two to promise to run a clean campaign in the last month of the election. Frazier didn’t respond, and in an email sent to FloridaPolitics, calls the pledge a political game that she’s not interested in playing. “While my opponent may be used to political games, which I’m quite certain this…

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HD 59 Republican Ross Spano goes up on air with 1st TV ad

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House District 59 GOP incumbent Ross Spano is up with his first television ad of the 2016 election cycle. The ad features a local businessman, a veteran, and members of his family to tout the “Ross Spano that I know.” “I’m Ross Spano, and I will always fight for small businesses, veterans, and families,” he says before asking for support on Nov. 8. Spano is running for his third term in District 59, which includes Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Clair Mel, and Progress Village in…

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Tampa Democrats work to woo black voters to get behind Hillary Clinton

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With the registration deadline to vote in the November election approaching next week, the Democratic Party and their allies held a couple of events in Tampa this weekend to attempt to get as many voters as possible on the rolls. While U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy fired up volunteers as they prepared to register voters Sunday in Ybor City, another event — designed to get more black voters registered — was held Saturday at a barbershop. For Our Future, a liberal super PAC created by Tom…

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Ross Spano feels confident about challenge to retain his HD 59 seat in Hillsborough County

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With this being a presidential election year, when Democrats historically show up in greater numbers at the polls, the Florida Democratic Party is targeting several key legislative races in Hillsborough County which they hope to flip from red to blue. One of them is the House District 59 seat in Eastern Hillsborough County currently held by Dover Republican Ross Spano, who narrowly defeated Democrat Gail Gottlieb by just 1.6 percent in 2012, the same year that Barack Obama once again won Hillsborough County. In the 2014 election when Obama wasn’t on the…

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Shawn Harrison and Lisa Montelione clash on education issues at Tampa Tiger Bay Forum

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The House District 63 race between Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison and Democratic challenger Lisa Montelione is expected to be one of the most competitive in Florida this fall. The North Hillsborough County swing district — which includes much of New Tampa, Forest Hills, North Tampa and the USF community — has flipped back and forth over the past three election cycles, with Harrison taking it in 2010 and 2014, and Democrat Mark Danish winning it in 2012. At Friday’s Tiger Bay meeting, the two squared off for the first…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Medical Association, Florida Retail Federation, SEIU Florida 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 — the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation, and the Service Employees International Union Florida — issued endorsements. — Rebecca Negron has received the backing of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. “It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Rebecca Negron’s…

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