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Pinellas Democratic Party donates $1,000 to St. Petersburg Free Clinic

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Members of the Pinellas County Democratic executive committee voted unanimously Monday to donate $1,000 to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for its food bank. “It’s Thanksgiving time. Some people in our community are hurting,” executive committee chair Susan McGrath said. “It’s the right thing to do.” The decision to donate came after a SaintPetersBlog.com story about the plight of the food pantry run by the Free Clinic. Donations have been low and the need is high, leaving the bank, which fed…

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Pinellas Democrats’ office gets tongue-in-cheek beautification gift from Republicans

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Who says bipartisanship is dead in Pinellas County? On Friday morning, members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Board delivered potted flowers, via courier, to the Pinellas County Democratic Party headquarters located at ‪2250 1st Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. “After our incredibly successful Reagan Day Dinner last night with Gov. Rick Scott, we felt that our centerpieces should not go to waste,” said Pinellas Republican Party Chairman Nick DiCeglie. “After learning about the Pinellas Democrats desperate need to improve their landscaping, we…

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Pinellas Democratic Party withdraws CRA grant application after GOP attack

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After being attacked by their Republican counterparts, the Pinellas Democratic Executive committee announced on Thursday that it will not accept the $531 grant they received to install native plants around its headquarters on 2250 1st Avenue North in St. Petersburg. The grant came via a $338,000 appropriation that the St. Pete City Council made to organizations inside the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to improve and enhance their buildings. “Donald Trump isn’t the only bully within the Republican Party and…

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Democratic legislative candidates talk Donald Trump, reparations and diapers in Tiger Bay Forum

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Although many polls show the presidential election could go either way, the Democratic candidates in Florida’s Senate District 19 and House District 70 at Friday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting say they can’t fathom an America with Donald Trump leading the nation. “There are 45 million Republicans in this country, and that’s the best they can come up with?” asked an incredulous Dan Fiorini, a first-time candidate in HD 70 who served as a legislative aide to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey two decades ago.…

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Charlie Justice says he’s still endorsing Ben Diamond, but Eric Lynn has his support

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Updated- After we reported this morning that Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice had switched from endorsing Ben Diamond in the  House District 68 candidate Ben Diamond to being neutral in the race with fellow Democrat Eric Lynn, we received a call from Tom Alte, Diamond’s campaign manager, saying that Justice was still endorsing Diamond. We went back and reviewed the statement sent to us by Justice on Thursday. In fact, Justice does that, “while Ben asked for and received my endorsement,…

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St. Pete considers resolution urging U.S. Senate vote on Supreme Court nominee

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Council Chairwoman Amy Foster have introduced a resolution urging the U.S. Senate to perform its Constitutional duty and hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The resolution specifically calls for the Senate to schedule a hearing on Garland’s appointment, hold a confirmation vote and work “on behalf of the people of the United States to ensure that the vacancy on the Supreme Court is filled without undue and unnecessary delay so that…

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Eric Lynn out of running for CD 13, into running for HD 68

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Reading the writing on the wall – also known as the polls – Florida Congressional District 13 Democratic candidate Eric Lynn is jettisoning his race for Congress, and has announced he will run in the state House District 68 seat in Pinellas County recently vacated last week by Dwight Dudley. “Today begins a fresh start in a new race with new opportunities. I am proud of the excellent campaign we ran for Congressional District 13 here in Pinellas County, which is projected to…

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