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Where sh*t stands in Tampa Bay area 2016 House races

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Three of the five Senate races in Hillsborough or Pinellas County feature an incumbent running without opposition. In a fourth race – the one for Senate District 18 – Tampa Republican Rep. Dana Young has no challenger yet, although a Democrat is expected to file next week. As of April, SD 19 is the only Bay area seat with more than one candidate. The majority-minority seat covers parts of west Hillsborough and the southern tip of Pinellas, and is somewhat analogous to the seat currently held…

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Dozens of candidates have raised $100,000 or more for their House races

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The end of the 2016 legislative session last month can only mean one thing — election season is coming. Campaign finance reports were due to the state on Monday. The March fundraising reports show that more than two dozen candidates for the Florida House have more than $100,000 in cash on hand, and several candidates raised upwards of $200,000 since getting in the race. The fundraising totals were compiled by On 3 Public Relations. House District 52 — Republican Brian Hodgers…

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Bob Graham to endorse Edward James in HD 72 race

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Former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham will endorse Democratic HD 72 candidate Edward James on a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. James hopes the endorsement of perhaps Florida’s best-loved living pol will give his campaign a boost. “Governor Bob Graham has long been one of my heroes. He exemplifies what it truly means to be a public servant. His commitment to our great state in Tallahassee and Washington DC was never about politics, but always about doing the right thing,” James…

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Email Insights: Sean Shaw thanks supporters for early fundraising push

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Democratic candidate Sean Shaw said in a memo to supporters he’s “truly humbled” by early fundraising returns in his bid for an open HD 61 seat based in Tampa. “In just 72 hours, you’ve given more than $5,000,” said Shaw. “Because of your response, we’re already putting together our team and building the GOTV operation that will win here.” The Princeton graduate and former Insurance Consumer Advocate under CFO Alex Sink is hoping his third crack at the House will be a winner. Shaw ran in…

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Ray Pilon jumps into Senate race; Edward James now unopposed in HD 72

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A pair of Sarasota legislative races saw major changes over the weekend. Rep. Ray Pilon decided to forgo a 2016 re-election bid for a fourth term in the House in favor of a Senate campaign, leaving his Democratic opponent Edward James running unopposed in a coastal swing seat. Pilon said Tuesday his decision came from the resolution of Senate maps and local considerations. Sarasota Republican Party chair Joe Gruters declared publicly last year Pilon would not seek the seat when rumors first emerged, but Pilon says that…

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15 things I think I think about the latest Florida House campaign finance reports (Part 1)

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Florida legislative candidates, as well as political committees, had until Jan. 11 to report their campaign finance activity for the month of December. Now that the figures are in, here are 15 things I think I think about these latest reports. Thank you to LobbyTools for assembling much of the data relied on in this report. House District 4 — One of the most competitive races in the state is in this North Florida seat, where the winner will all but…

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Democrat Dan Fiorini files for open HD 70 seat in Pinellas

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A fourth candidate has filed to run for House District 70, currently held by termed-out St. Petersburg Democrat Darryl Rouson. Business owner Dan Fiorini filed on Friday to run as a Democrat, setting up a primary against St. Petersburg City Commissioner Wengay Newton, who entered the race in October. Fiorini has never held elected office, but is no stranger to politics. He was the legislative aid to former Democratic state Rep. Helen Spivey, who held office from 1994-1996, and was a founding member of Pinellas…

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