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House District 68 candidates show little difference on the issues in Tiger Bay forum

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Perhaps the first thing to know about the three candidates who are vying to become the next state Representative of House District 68 in Pinellas County is that none of them awoke on New Years Day this year with the dream of winning this seat. Republican JB Bensmihen spent most of 2015 preparing to run against Democrat Lois Frankel in Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, and didn’t opt to enter the HD 68 contest until April – actually making him the first candidate to declare his…

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Five questions for Adam Goodman and Steve Schale at Wednesday’s Tiger Bay meeting in St. Pete

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Two of the most astute observers (and participants) in Florida politics are Steve Schale and Adam Goodman. In recent years, Schale, the Democrat from Jacksonville and Goodman, a Republican from Tampa (or has he moved to St. Petersburg yet?) have sat down before audiences to give their breakdowns on the state of Florida politics, and it’s always a treat for political junkies. The two men bring that roadshow to St. Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, where they’re scheduled to breakdown the results of Florida’s…

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Patrick Murphy to headline this week’s Suncoast Tiger Bay gathering

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U.S Senate candidate Patrick Murphy will field questions at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon this Friday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in downtown St. Pete. The 32-year old politician is taking on the controversial Alan Grayson for the Democratic nomination in that race. Tickets to the event are still available on the Tiger Bay website, but the deadline for reservations is Tuesday. Murphy currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 18th Congressional District covering parts of the East Coast…

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Alan Grayson, Pam Keith to headline all-star Tiger Bay

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At least two of the three Democratic candidates for Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat will be in Tampa February 19. The Tampa Tiger Bay Club is hosting Congressman Alan Grayson and attorney Pam Keith for their monthly luncheon. Congressman Patrick Murphy was invited, but has not yet confirmed whether or not he will attend. Grayson currently represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District covering parts of Central Florida. He was elected in 2012 after defeating Republican Todd Long. He then won re-election…

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Watergate investigative reporter Carl Bernstein to headline 2016 Tiger Bay awards

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Famous investigative journalist Carl Bernstein will be this year’s guest of honor and keynote speaker at the 2016 Night with the Suncoast Tigers Tiger Bay awards April 21. Bernstein is most known for his work breaking the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Bernstein, along with icon Bob Woodward, was assigned to cover the Watergate hotel break-in in June of 1972. From there, the two journalists connected the burglars to a slush fund of money…

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Key to the city is Mayor’s discretion

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Baltimore Reverend Jamal Bryant’s name has been making headlines in St. Pete. The controversial African-American religious leader is slated to be the keynote speaker at the 30th annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast. What makes his attendance controversial are his incendiary remarks toward the LGBT community in which he has compared being gay to having a gambling or drug addiction. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman declined to award Bryant a symbolic key to the city. At an appearance at Suncoast Tiger…

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Dueling solar amendments likely focus at Tampa Tiger Bay

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Two women closely tied to environmental protection will speak at Tampa Tiger Bay Friday. Janet Dougherty is the head of Hillsborough County’s Environmental Protection Commission. Susan Glickman is the Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. The matchup is the latest in Tiger Bay’s “can’t miss” series. Glickman is pushing the Floridians for Solar Choice amendment known to environmental activists as “the good solar amendment.” Tiger Bay does not specifically say that the dueling solar amendments being pushed…

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