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Wengay Newton one step closer to Tallahassee, wins HD 70 primary

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Former St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton is now one step closer to serving in Tallahassee, after besting attorney CJ Czaia and businessman Dan Fiorini in Florida’s House District 70 race, which encompasses portions of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Newton received 61 percent. Florin was second with 21 percent, and Czaia finished with 17 percent. Fiorini was the legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey, a founding member of Pinellas County LGBT rights groups St. Pete Pride…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Jeff Brandes and Barbara Banno

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Toast to the Bay: Jeff Brandes Hats are off to Jeff Brandes this week for what will likely end in victory after two Legislative sessions of battling. A measure aimed at protecting property rights in Florida finally garnered consensus from pro-property rights lawmakers and law enforcement officials. A civil forfeiture measure pushed by Brandes both this year and last sailed through a House Committee hearing Thursday after an amendment was approved bringing law enforcement group’s to the table in support.…

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Sam Henderson releases Stonewall Democrats questionnaire

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Sam Henderson is releasing his responses to the Stonewall Democrats questionnaire that led the organization to endorse him for Mayor of Gulfport. The endorsement from the pro-LGBT group may have come as a shock to some and did shock Henderson’s opponent, Barbara Banno. Banno is openly gay. Henderson is not. Henderson’s release comes after Banno issued a public call for Henderson’s questionnaire in a blog on her campaign website. In it she claimed she has been a leader on LGBT…

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Barbara Banno calls Stonewall Democrat endorsement of Sam Henderson “tainted”

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There’s an odd thing that happened in Gulfport this election cycle. Stonewall Democrats, a pro-LGBT political group, endorsed a straight candidate for mayor when a gay candidate is running against him. Both are Democrats. The group gave its official nod to Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson for re-election, snubbing Barbara Banno of an endorsement she probably figured was in the bag. It doesn’t look very good for an openly gay Democrat to lose support from a pro-gay rights group to a…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown backers tell her opponent to denounce Republican endorsements

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The Pinellas Stonewall Democrats are demanding City Council candidate Will Newton denounce endorsements from Republicans who have endorsed him. In a letter sent to Newton by the group, they ask that he “publicly separate himself from former St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker, councilmember-elect Ed Montanari and state Rep. Kathleen Peters. The demand is curious considering the LGBT rights advocacy group has already endorsed Newton’s opponent, Lisa Wheeler-Brown. It’s also odd considering the group has not expressed outrage over other similar…

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Pinellas Stonewall Democrats president Susan McGrath celebrates marriage equality ruling

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This is a monumental weekend for the LGBT community. Same-sex couples can now get married in all 50 U.S. states and those who were already married in one of the states who already overturned bans on same-marriage will have their marriages recognized in the 14 states where it was still against the law. Susan McGrath, president of the Pinellas County Stonewall Democrats – named after the 1969 Stonewall riots that serves as the kickoff of the American gay rights movement…

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Can an African-American win in Tarpon Springs? Can the Stonewall Democrats win another race? And other intriguing questions from Pinellas’ elections

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Tomorrow is Election Day tomorrow in Pinellas. Check back often with Saint Petersblog for updates, photos and results from interesting races in Clearwater, Gulfport, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs. Here’s are the story lines I’ll be following: Can an African-American candidate win in Tarpon Springs? City Commissioner David Archie is facing off against my friend Matt King to replace Beverly Biliris as the next Mayor of the City of Sponges. And while there have been plenty issues discussed on the campaign…

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