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Democrats say Trump link may have helped swing St. Pete mayoral race

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A virtual tie between St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker in a mayoral primary Tuesday has left Florida Democrats giddy and Republicans groping for ways to rebrand their candidate. Baker, a Republican former mayor who remained wildly popular years after leaving office, led Kriseman in polls and fundraising throughout the campaign.

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GOP strategist Rick Wilson tees off on Donald Trump

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As the Republican field running for governor grows, a top GOP strategist offered some advice Wednesday to candidates seeking to follow term-limited Gov. Rick Scott. “Just don’t be Trump’s mini-me, a simple rule,” Rick Wilson told the Capital Tiger Bay Club in a luncheon speech.

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A rundown of the real winners and losers from Florida’s general election

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Yesterday’s slate of general elections in Florida certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about the candidates. Here is my list of the real winners and losers coming out of Tuesday. Winners Rick Scott — The Naples Republican was an early backer of the president-elect, comparing Trump’s rise to his own 2010 gubernatorial run and even penning an op-ed way back in January that Trump captured “the frustration of many Americans.” No doubt he’s taking notes for his own rumored 2018…

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Steve Schale: Dear Donald Trump press corps: Welcome to my house

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Dear Traveling Trump Press Corps: Well, the sputtering, crashing, and long-since derailed Trump Train is headed to my town, Tallahassee. I, for one, will admit it, I cannot believe how badly he and his shop are at campaigning. Take all of the personal flaws of Donald Trump aside; I really believed he would rise to the occasion of running a campaign at least somewhat worthy of the office he seeks. Back in 2008, when one of my staff would do…

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5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times

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Back before there was a FloridaPolitics.com and it was just me blogging at SaintPetersBlog.com, I would write a semi-regular screed about the Tampa Bay Times’ political coverage. This was so long ago, the Times still had St. Petersburg in its masthead. I gave up the “5 things I think I think…” column after a while because it got repetitive. (And because so many of my favorite writers — Howard Troxler, Eric Deggans, Michael Kruse —  left the newspaper). However, with 15…

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New US-Cuba ties fuel bitter Havana Club rum trademark fight

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With his tuxedo loosened and her dress slightly askew, the couple unwinding with cocktails in a new U.S. ad for Bacardi’s Havana Club evokes the openness and decadence of pre-revolution Cuba that many exiles have longed for. By contrast, an online gallery of portraits of employees at the distillery in Cuba of a rival brand of Havana Club jointly run by Pernod Ricard and the Cuban government shows Cubans proud to show the craft and heritage their country offers now,…

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Rick Wilson’s war

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Tallahassee’s own Rick Wilson sat down with Ana Marie Cox of The New York Times Magazine to talk Donald Trump this week and, predictably, well-informed hilarity ensued. Wilson — leading GOP political consultant and dean of the #NeverTrump movement — spoke forthrightly, as usual, about the 2016 campaign and his personal jihad against Trump and his backers, for whom he said Trump represents “their own private postmodern Hitler.” “What started your personal campaign against Trump?” Cox asked. I wrote a column in June, for Independent Journal Review,…

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