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Charlie Justice continues to trail in fundraising

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Charlie Justice picked up another $6,515 last month in his quest to retain the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. That brings Justice’s total to $54,482, a little more than half as much as challenger Mike Mikurak‘s $100,480. The disparity may not be as great as it would seem at first glance. Mikurak’s total fundraising spans the time period from September through the end of May. Justice, on the other hand, filed to run in late October and…

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Janet Long pre-qualifies for Pinellas County commission race

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Janet Long has pre-qualified in her quest for a second term on the Pinellas County Commission. To pre-qualify, Long wrote a check for $5,653.20. Long, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to the District 1 at-large commission seat, which is elected countywide. Republican Martin Hughes, a Republican, has announced he will run against her. Long was elected to the commission in 2012. Before that, she served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. She was a Seminole City…

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Did TBARTA break the law in voting to oppose Hometown Democracy?

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From Creative Loafing: It’s not surprising that TBARTA (Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority) passed a resolution opposing Amendment 4, also known as Florida Hometown Democracy. After all, Amendment 4 is an expression of citizens’ dissatisfaction with the sort of politicians who sit on TBARTA’s board (along with one developers’ lawyer). As Carl Hiaasen says, Florida’s politicians & developers are “squirming like worms on a frying pan” at the idea of letting citizens have a real say in growth management,…

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