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Bill Rufty: Polk becoming a two-Party county?

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Polk County will likely never return to the Democratic bastion that was home to four U.S. senators, three governors, and four presidents of the Florida Senate. But from Tuesday’s primaries and the fielding of candidates for the Nov. 8 general elections, Polk Democrats are slowly learning to make the now-GOP bastion a two-party county again. There was a big Democratic Primary in eastern Polk County for Florida’s 9th Congressional District, but not one of the four candidates were from Polk. However,…

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The year of the openly gay candidate in Florida politics

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This is the year that Central Florida gays step boldly into the political spotlight, joining an increasingly large outpouring of gay candidates statewide. Four openly gay Orlando-area Democratic candidates are running for election in federal and state races this year; Valleri Crabtree in Florida’s 9th Congressional District centered in south Orlando and Kissimmee; Bob Poe in Florida’s 10th Congressional District centered in west Orlando. There is also Beth Tuura in the 47th Florida House District centered in central Orlando, and Carlos Guillermo…

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Valleri Crabtree ‘shows up’

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Members of the Polk County Democratic Executive Committee waited anxiously through their two-hour meeting Monday night in Bartow for Dr. Dena Minning Grayson, a candidate for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. She never showed in what later was discovered to have been a miscommunication by the party leadership. But Valleri Crabtree of Kissimmee, the former Osceola Democratic Party chair and candidate for the same post, was present. “Crabtree shows up,” the 59-year old attorney and professor shouted from the back of the…

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Democrat Dena Grayson enters public phase of her CD 9 race as Zika threat looms

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Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Dena Grayson is opening the public phase of her run in Florida’s 9th Congressional District at a time when her professional expertise may be characterized as a unique, critical national asset. She’s also entering the limelight for the Aug. 30 Democratic primary, with perhaps the race’s biggest endorser at her side. The most important issue facing Central Florida through the next two years? “It is possible it is Zika.” That was not Dena Grayson speaking. That was her newlywed husband,…

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