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Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor Elle Rudisill announces HD 37 run

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Elle Rudisill, an assistant state attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit in Pinellas/Pasco county since the fall of 2014, announced Thursday that she will for the House District 37 seat in Pasco County to be vacated by term-limited Richard Corcoran in 2018. “Today, I embark on an incredible journey of running as a Conservative Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives,” Rudisill said in a statement. “My first year in college, I decided I wanted to make a difference in the…

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Ross Spano victorious over Rena Frazier in HD 59

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Incumbent Ross Spano was returned to the Florida House, defeating Democratic newcomer Rena Frazier. With all 41 precincts reporting in the HD 59 contest, Spano led by about 10 points out of 73,095 votes cast. This race to represent a district that covers much of eastern Hillsborough turned ugly in the closing days, with charges by Democrats that a Spano mailer that cited Frazier’s lack of experience was sexist. That prompted the House and Senate Victory Committee to issue a statement…

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Florida bar exam passage rate drops to lowest point in 5 years

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Florida law school students’ downward spiral continues, with only 68.2 percent passing the latest state bar exam. The state’s Board of Bar Examiners on Monday released the figures for the July 26-27 examination. The results are for first-time test takers only. This July’s overall pass rate was 0.7 percent lower than last year’s, of 68.9 percent. In 2014, it was 71.8 percent for the summer exam; in 2013, it was 77.2 percent. In 2012 and 2011, 80.2 percent and 80.1 percent of first-time test takers passed,…

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Federal Election Commission head to speak at Stetson on Tuesday

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The Tampa Bay area is getting a special visit next week from the nation’s top elections official. Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel will be speaking at Stetson University College of Law on Tuesday. The timing is key because municipal elections are being held across the county, including in St. Pete where one race, in particular, has yielded two separate complaints filed with the state’s Division of Elections. Ravel isn’t expected to directly address that issue though students do have an…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown fails to report in-kind contributions for office space

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City Council candidate Lisa Wheeler-Brown utilized office space in a nonprofit St. Pete facility to meet with campaign staff and supporters every Thursday for about four months but did not disclose this as an in-kind contribution on official campaign reports. This is a clear-cut violation of campaign finance laws, Stetson University’s Dr. Wayne T. Bailey, a political science professor at its Deland campus. According to state election law, candidates must report  “the total sums of all loans, in-kind contributions, and other receipts by or for such…

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