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Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor Elle Rudisill announces HD 37 run

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Elle Rudisill, an assistant state attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit in Pinellas/Pasco county since the fall of 2014, announced Thursday that she will for the House District 37 seat in Pasco County to be vacated by term-limited Richard Corcoran in 2018. “Today, I embark on an incredible journey of running as a Conservative Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives,” Rudisill said in a statement. “My first year in college, I decided I wanted to make a difference in the…

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Meet Berny Jacques, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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The 28-year-old Berny Jacques is an assistant state attorney for Florida’s 6th Judicial Circuit, but is a pure political animal, also chairman of the Young Floridians for Opportunity PAC. A native of Haiti who immigrated to the states when he was 7, he got his first opportunity when U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart brought him on as an intern in the summer of 2006, a gig he replicated the next two summers. During his tenure as president of the Pinellas County…

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JNC submits six names to Charlie Crist for Morris’ replacement on the bench

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The Sixth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted six names to Charlie Crist for him to fill a vacancy created by Robert Morris’ elevation to the 2nd District Court of Appeal. County judges Paul Levine and Dorothy Vaccaro, Nat Kidder, up-and-coming lawyer Todd Miller, uber-connected straight shooter Tom Minkoff, and Belinda Lazzara, a partner of JNC chair Peter Meros. Crist has sixty days to make a selection.

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Adam Smith’s expose on JNC politics is better late than never

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The difficulty for being Adam Smith, the St. Petersburg Times political editor (other than his getting dressed for the TV program “Political Connections,” on which Smith displays both an ability for insightful journalism and horrendous wardrobe choices, is that his newspaper spent the last four years sleepwalking through the GOP ascendancy in Pinellas politics. That’s why Smith is forced to write catch-up pieces, such as today’s article debating the apoliticalness (new word!) of the Pinellas-Pasco Judicial Nomination Commission. Smith writes…

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