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Comparison of Group 27 Judicial Candidates Keith Meyer and Jeff O’Brien

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By Spartacus Thrace

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Group 27 (Pasco and Pinellas counties) runoff election to be determined on November 2, 2010 is a race between experienced attorneys Keith Meyer and Jeff O’Brien, who came in first and second, respectively, in a four-candidate field competing in the August 24th primary election. According to official results of the August 24th primary election, Meyer came in first with 52,327 votes (31.1% of the total cast), and O’Brien came in second with 45,216 votes (26.8% of the total cast). The bottom two candidates, LeAnne Lake (28,666 votes or 17% of the total) and Kelly McKnight (42,219 votes or 25.1% of the total) were eliminated. It is because none of the candidates received in excess of 50% of the vote that the top two vote-getters are in a runoff election. An analysis of the primary election results for all of the Sixth Circuit judicial candidates has appeared in an earlier post on this blog.

Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer

L. Keith Meyer, Jr. received his B.A. with Honors in History from Florida State University in 1999 and his law degree from Florida State University in 2000. He began his legal career serving for a few years as a prosecutor in the Office of the State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pasco and Pinellas Counties), where he worked in both the Misdemeanor and Felony Divisions. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office Meyer went into private practice, handling a broad range of criminal and civil cases.  He has no military experience.  His civic involvement predates his departure from the State Attorney’s Office and includes serving as a Board Member of Religious Community Services, Inc. (which includes a food bank, a shelter for abused spouses, and homeless assistance), being an active Rotarian, and various pro bono work.

Keith Meyer has been running nonstop for this office since September 18, 2009, when he filed with the Florida Secretary of State.  He has a campaign website and a Facebook page, and he is endorsed by State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Public Defender Bob Dillinger, Clerk of Courts Ken Burke, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 10 and 43, the St. Petersburg Times, and scores of prominent citizens in Pasco and Pinellas counties. According to campaign finance records, in the period September 18, 2009 through October 8, 2010 Meyer received $59,873.75 in monetary contributions, and $9,896.99 in in-kind donations, had no loans, and had campaign expenditures of $56,538.93. Read the rest of this entry »

Catch a Wave

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By Korso

With the election nigh, political junkies like yours truly have been scouring the news and chasing down tidbits to confirm the coming Republican tsunami–not just because it gives us a sense of security, but mostly because it’s just so damned entertaining to watch the punditry twist themselves into verbal pretzels trying to explain how the Conventional WisdomTM managed to get the Age of Obama so wrong. You remember, those headlines trumpeting how “We Are All Socialists Now” and how the Democrats had a lock on power for the next forty years? Well, it seems that Nostradamus took a little vacation after the 2008 election and can’t be reached for comment, leaving the rest of us mere mortals to interpret how the Hope and Change has, well, not quite worked out like the changers hoped.

National Review has an interesting and detailed analysis of that question, which makes for some good reading (and weeping, if you’re a liberal). For me, the money quote comes early on in the story: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Korso

October 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Gus Bilirakis Predicts 50-Seat Gain for Republicans in Midterms

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)

By Le Corbeaunoir

(October 11, 2010 @ 10:00 PM) — Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), representing Florida’s 9th District in the United States House of Representatives, spoke in plain, blunt terms in his 15-minute address to the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) this evening:  The first and enduring task of a Republican-controlled House will be the reversal of the socialist agenda of the Obama Administration.  Repeal of Obamacare, according to Bilirakis, will be the Republicans’ highest priority, and the process will entail piece by piece dismantling and defunding.  For the scores of Republican faithful in attendance, the speech was pure gold.

The crowd of Republican activists was enthusiastically receptive to the Congressman’s message. Citing the “energy in the room,” Bilirakis went on to invoke New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a positive example of what Republicans can accomplish even in areas of the country dominated by the Democrats.  The Congressman called on the Republicans in the room to make a difference in the upcoming elections and to hold the anticipated new Republican majority in Congress accountable. Read the rest of this entry »

Comparison of Group 18 Judicial Candidates Patricia “Trish” Muscarella and Kathryn Welsh

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By Spartacus Thrace

The Sixth Judicial Circuit Group 18 (Pasco and Pinellas counties) runoff election to be determined on November 2, 2010 is a race between experienced attorneys Patricia “Trish” Muscarella and Kathryn Marie Welsh. Muscarella and Welsh were the top vote-getters in the August 24th primary election. In that race, fellow candidate Edward Liebling was the bottom vote-getter and so was disqualified. An analysis of the primary election results for all of the Sixth Circuit judicial candidates has appeared in an earlier post on this blog.

Patricia “Trish” Muscarella

Patricia "Trish" Muscarella

Patricia “Trish” Muscarella, is one of two candidates running for Circuit Court Judge, Sixth Circuit, Group 19 (Pasco and Pinellas Counties).  She was born and raised in Pinellas County.  Muscarella has been actively involved in community service since she was a student at St. Cecilia Elementary School in Clearwater, where she was a VISTA volunteer in a summer reading program for underprivileged children.  She is the daughter of Frank Muscarella, former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.  She is a 1970 graduate of Clearwater High School, a 1975 graduate of the University of Florida (B.A. in Special Education), and a 1984 graduate of Stetson College of Law.  On June 7, 1985, she was admitted to the practice of law in Florida.

Muscarella’s only prior experience running for public office was in 1990, when she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives.  During her term as State Representative, Muscarella was chosen to be the leader of the 1991 Republican freshman class and served on the Insurance, Natural Resources, Community Affairs, and Ethics and Elections Committees.  In 1992, she ran for United States Congress as a moderate, but lost in the Republican primary to incumbent Mike Bilirakis.  She thereafter left politics and concentrated on building up her law practice and related businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Spartacus Thrace

October 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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