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HD 59 Democratic candidate Naze Sahebzamani says she’s okay that she’s not the party favorite

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As FloridaPolitics.com reported last week, incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz is convinced the Democrats can flip six seats from red to blue in the state House elections this fall. To accomplish that ambitious goal, the party has invested resources into some of its competitive primaries this summer, including the House District 59 race between educator Naze Sahebzamani and attorney Rena Frazier. Specifically, the party is paying for Frazier’s campaign manager. Sahebzamani says that’s disappointing, but she says it doesn’t affect her confidence that she can win the primary…

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Janet Cruz says she believes Florida Democrats can flip 6 House seats this fall

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Florida Republicans dominate state government in Tallahassee, and in the state House, it’s not even close. Yet incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz says that she “conservatively” believes that the Democrats can flip  six seats this coming fall, and just as importantly, retain that number in 2018, beginning their journey to finally getting close to parity in the GOP-controlled chamber. “So we build six seats now,” Cruz told the audience who gathered early Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia for…

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Rena Frazier gets the backing of Les and Gwen Miller in her HD 59 contest

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Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Les Miller and his wife, former Tampa City Councilwoman Gwen Miller, are backing Democrat Rena Frazier in the HD 59 race. Frazier, a Brandon-based attorney, is running in a competitive Democratic primary against Brandon-based school teacher Naze Sahebzamani on Aug. 30. Frazier has raised more than three times as much campaign cash as Sahebzamani has in the campaign. At the end of May, Frazier had raised more than $94,000, Sahebzamani more than $28,000. “Rena Frazier has proven her leadership and commitment to her…

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Rena Frazier blasts Ross Spano’s vote in support of confederate statue as “shameful”

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The Florida House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted on Wednesday to remove and replace a statue of Confederate Army General Edmund Kirby Smith in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. The vote was 83-32. The move to take down Smith’s statue began in earnest last summer, after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took down the Confederate flag from its State House grounds, opening up the discussion about Confederate symbols. Haley’s move occurred after a white gunman killed 9 black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. It was later revealed…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.18.15 — Hillary says she’s up for more debates

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As was the case with Fox News last month, CNN received record ratings for airing its prime-time Republican presidential debate this week, with 23 million tuning in. Thanks to Donald Trump, of course, the debates have become Must See TV. Too bad the Democrats don’t have one of those. Or how about even holding a debate? Well, that will be happening — in three and a half weeks. As has been well noted, more and more Democrats have taken issue with…

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Rena Frazier blasts Ross Spano on upholding ban on shacking up in Florida

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Did you know that it’s technically illegal in the Sunshine State to live with a member of the opposite sex in Florida? Not that it’s being actively enforced, but yes, there has been a prohibition on cohabitation in the Sunshine State since 1968. (Michigan and Mississippi are the only other states with such a law.) Which means that, according to 2014 census data, there are nearly 438,000 unmarried male-female couples among the state’s 7.3 million households. However, for those couples…

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