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Ben Carson teases Sarasota a week before he officially becomes a presidential candidate

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Ben Carson has become somewhat of a phenomenon among the Tea Party Right in the Republican Party, though whether there’s enough room for him in the crowded GOP presidential contest will soon be tested. A 63-year-old retired pediatric neurosurgeon who now resides in West Palm Beach, Carson’s super PAC has raised well north of $2 million. But where does he get off thinking that he can lead the country? “What I would say to those people is — wouldn’t you…

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A diverse fundraiser signals Charlie Crist strategy

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It was a group rarely, if ever, seen together on Florida’s political money trail. There was Pat Neal, former executive director of the Florida Christian Coalition, mingling near Barbara A. Zdravecky, the head of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Nearby, former Sarasota Republican Party Chairman Bob Waechter chatted amiably at the appetizer table with the very Democrat, Shirley Brown, he worked to defeat four years earlier for School Board and has vowed to defeat this year. In another…

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All four Senate candidates will face off this Thursday

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From Jeremy Wallace: Sarasota will be at the center of Florida politics this week when most of the major candidates for the U.S. Senate and for governor are scheduled to attend a pair of forums Thursday hosted by the Florida Society of News Editors/Florida Press Association. When the U.S. Senate candidates face off at the Ritz-Carlton, it will be the first time that all four of the major candidates are together, and the first time Gov. Charlie Crist will have…

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Oil spill may be pushing sharks toward Florida beaches

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The appearance of a huge man-eating shark near a Florida beach on the cusp of the summer swimming season would not usually evoke a sympathetic response from either beachgoers or local tourism boosters. But the discovery of a weakened, disoriented tiger shark — measuring more than 11 feet and weighing some 800 pounds — in the surf of Nokomis Beach last month has become something of a poignant symbol for what scientists fear most from the Gulf oil spill: the…

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Marco Rubio hosting Meet and Greet in Sarasota on Tuesday

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Marco Rubio will host a meet and greet with supporters at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Tuesday, June 1, at 1:30 in the Tropics room. The following event is open to the public and the media: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 1:30 p.m. EDT The Tropics Room At The Hyatt Regency Hotel 1000 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236

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Crazy Ed Helm recruiting candidates against incumbent Democrat

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Crazy ol’ Ed Helm is up to his tricks again, this time recruiting a challenger against Democratic incumbent Darryl Rouson.  A copy of an e-mail Helm wrote attempting to coordinate the launch of April Sheffield’s campaign was forwarded to me: Chair of Sarasota Dem. Party Ferrandino: Mario and I met with April Sheffield yesterday at my place in St. Pete and heard the good news that she has gotten all her ducks in a row and is now ready to run (and…

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