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Tampa Bay area party chairs deal with Supreme Court ruling on redistricting

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With no official word in yet when the Florida Legislature will reconvene to begin the process of redrawing congressional districts, much of the Tampa Bay area political picture remains fuzzy 13 months from the 2016 primary elections. Most of the uncertainly resides in Pinellas County, where a newly created CD 13 district is expected to improve the odds of a Democrat taking control of the seat for the first time in generations. “We’re excited that the courts have taken a…

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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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David Jolly — one year in as Pinellas’ representative in Washington

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On the last Friday in March, David Jolly spoke before nearly 500 Pinellas County Republicans at the party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner. While offering up a somewhat predictable attack on Barack Obama’s foreign policy initiatives, somewhat surprisingly, he also reserved plenty of disdain toward his fellow Republicans regarding a recent vote on the House budget. “There’s no reason for anybody to serve in the U.S Congress if one day they’re going to look back and see that the debt increased…

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Democrat Eric Lynn likely to challenge David Jolly next year in CD 13 race (updated)

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Eric Lynn, a senior Obama administration adviser in the Defense Department, is strongly considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Congress against GOP incumbent in District 13 David Jolly next year, and could announce his candidacy soon. Lynn has roots in Pinellas, having graduated from St. Pete High School in 1996, and his family resides in the area (UPDATE: A spokesman for Lynn told Florida Politics on Tuesday afternoon that though Lynn is considering a run, he has absolutely not…

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