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Flagler’s Humiliated Democrats Try To Regroup, Only to Expose the Dysfunctions At Their Core

| November 25, 2016

Some 60 people had turned up at the All Flagler Democratic Club eager for guidance and strategy only to hear vague and at times bewildering proposals that have little to do with finding local Democrats to run, or get them elected.

Democrats Try to Stay Relevant After Barely Adding to Their Diminished Numbers in Florida Legislature

| November 22, 2016

Democrats’ 41-member caucus faces a 79-member Republican majority in the Florida House, with 15 Democrats facing 25 Republicans in the Senate.

Races Lost Across the State Again, Florida Democrats Look for Answers, and a Leader

| November 15, 2016

After losing the state’s presidential and U.S. Senate races and failing to make major gains in the Legislature, Florida Democrats are groping for a way forward as the 2018 elections loom with battles for governor and all three state Cabinet seats.

Staly Is Flagler’s New Sheriff, Bexley New Court Clerk, Republicans Sweep County Commission, Klufas Wins Palm Coast Seat, Barbosa Wins School Board, Hutson, Renner Win

| November 8, 2016

Election results are showing the making of a historic Republican sweep in Flagler County as early but significant tallies show Rick Staly winning sheriff, Tom Bexley winning clerk of court, and all three Democrats in county commission races well behind.

Your Election Will Not Be “Rigged”
Flagler Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart Explains

| October 24, 2016

Flagler County Elections Supervisor puts to rest any fear or claim that the Nov. 8 election may be rigged, that fraudulent votes may be cast, or that dead people will be voting locally.

Florida’s GOP Sen. Keith Perry Defends Himself After Hitting Another Man Over Campaign Sign

| September 16, 2016

Perry, a contractor first elected to the House in 2010, is going up against former state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, for the open Senate District 8 seat. Smith is also a former Florida Democratic Party chairman and a former state attorney in the Gainesville area.

Flagler’s Primary Results: Shocks, Coronations and Probabilities

| August 31, 2016

There were one or two shocks in the Flagler primary election results, not least of them another dismal turnout, but for the most part the numebrs produced expected winners and losers. Here’s a full analysis.

Chamber Poll: Flagler’s Trump Country; Cuff, Lenhart, Holland, O’Brien and Conklin Win Big

| August 12, 2016

The Flagler County Chamber’s first candidate hob nob Thursday drew some 300 people and 250 participants in its straw poll, with results pointing at least to a few trends ahead of the Aug. 30 primary. Actual early voting begins Monday.

Republicans Hope Raucous Convention Distractions Pass as Gov. Scott Predicts Trump Win

| July 19, 2016

So far, the Republican National Convention has seen a raucous fight over the party’s rules and accusations of plagiarism against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wife. And that was from the first day.

Qualifying Ends: Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner Are Re-Elected; Supervisor’s Race Will Be a Universal Primary

| June 24, 2016

Property Appraiser Jay Gardner and Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston were re-elected without opposition for a fourth consecutive term each as qualifying ended, with few surprises and withdrawals or disqualifications in other races.

Acknowledging “Dark Times,” Flagler’s Democrats Say They’re Back and Battling For Long Haul

| June 1, 2016

The Flagler County Democratic Party is hoping top shed years of disarray and political bankruptcy as it fields a few more candidates and organizers in a push for local and state successes. But the difficulties are still as prominent as organizers’ optimism.

Sen. Travis Hutson Qualifies By Petition for His 4th Election in 4 Years

| May 25, 2016

Sen. Travis Hutson so far faces just one opponent, Democrat Curtis Ceballos of Palm Coast, though qualifying does not end until June 24.

Democrat Morley Qualifies for House Seat By Petition

| May 23, 2016

Adam Morley, the Democratic candidate for the House District 24 seat held by Republican Paul Renner, said in a release today that he had qualified for the race by petition.

Renner Out-raising Morley 32-1, Ceballos Yet to Take In First $1,000 Against Hutson

| May 11, 2016

Democrats Adam Morley and Curtis Ceballos face enormous financial hurdles in their campaigns challenging Republicans Paul Renner and Travis Hutson in November’s legislative elections.

Sen. Travis Hutson Draws a Democratic Opponent in Palm Coast’s Curtis Ceballos

| April 27, 2016

Curtis Ceballos, 54, launched two technology startups in the past two years and intends to focus on technology jobs and vocational education in his campaign. He unsuccessfully ran for county commission in 2006.

Flagler Voter Registrations Surge to 90%, Aiding GOP as Democrats Fall to Historic Low

| February 22, 2016

Flagler County’s voter registration rolls have surged by 21 percent since 2009, resulting in a 90 percent registration rate, with Republicans riding a 4,500-voter advantage over Democrats.

Three Weeks After Winning House Seat From Flagler, Paul Renner Begins Re-Election Bid

| April 28, 2015

The GOP’s Paul Renner, whose house seat represents Flagler County, won election to his first public office exactly three weeks ago, outspending his combined opponents 33-to-1. On Tuesday, he filed for re-election.

Travis Hutson Wins Senate Seat, Paul Renner Wins House in Special Election

| April 7, 2015

Republicans Travis Hutson and Paul Renner have won the special election for Florida Senate District 6 and House District 24, respectively. Hutson defeated Democrat David Cox. Renner defeated Adam Morley.

As Expected, GOP’s Renner and Hutson Reel In Big Dollars, Opponents Don’t

| April 4, 2015

In all, Paul Renner raised $294,340 and had spent $261,748 for the election Tuesday in a district that includes Flagler County and parts of St. Johns and Volusia counties.

Special Election Candidates Slog Through Only Local Forum, Except When Talk Turns to Guns

| February 25, 2015

The largely plodding Q&A forum organized by three Flagler business groups held few surprises and featured Senate candidates David Cox and Travis Hutson and House candidates Adam Morley and Paul Renner.

Special Election’s Final Four: Cox, Hutson, Morley and Renner in Tuesday Forum

| February 23, 2015

This time the forum, at the Realtors building on SR100, will feature audience questions. All four candidates are scheduled to appear at the 6 p.m. event.

For Democrat Adam Morley, Steep Challenges In Bid For State House Against Paul Renner

| February 2, 2015

Lack of money aside, Adam Morley’s candidacy appears to lack coherence and strategy, neither of which he could formulate when he met with Flagler County’s leading Democrats Monday.

GOP Primary: Paul Renner Wins For House, Travis Hutson Wins For Senate

| January 27, 2015

Paul Renner beat REonald Sanchez and Danielle Anderson in the House race, Hutson beat Ronald Doc Renuart and Dennis McDonald in the Senate race.

An Election For Republicans Only That Will Likely Decide Flagler’s House and Senate Seats

| January 27, 2015

The election is nevertheless likely to decide Flagler’s representation in both chambers of the Legislature, as the winners are facing relatively weak candidates in the April 7 general election.

Candidates In Special House and Senate Election Strain to Distinguish Themselves

| January 13, 2015

Five Republican candidates in the Jan. 27 special primary for House and Senate fielded questions from three Flagler County business groups in an open forum with few surprises Tuesday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Serious or Not, GOP Candidates for Special Election Engage in Forum at Hilton Tonight

| January 13, 2015

A coalition of local business groups will host a candidate forum for the special primary election for Floria House and Senate seats on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast. The forum is hosted by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, the Flagler County Association of Realtors and the Flagler Home Builders Association.

As Lenhart Replaces Weeks, A Canvassing Meeting Where The Biggest News Is No News

| January 12, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Kaiti Lenhart Interim Flagler County Supervisor of Elections, and the county canvassing board met for the first time today in the post-Kimberle Weeks era, and in a radically different atmosphere.

Special Election for House: Renner Hauls In $76,500. His Three Opponents Combined: $355

| December 14, 2014

Renner’s $76,500 dwarfed amounts not exceeding $180 raised by three other candidates in the District 24 race — Republicans Sheamus McNeeley and Ron Sanchez and Democrat Adam Morley. Republican Danielle Anderson filed a waiver, as she had not posted a report on the state Division of Elections website by week’s end.

Serious Flagler Candidates All Out of Special House Election; Dennis McDonald Qualifies for Senate

| December 3, 2014

Howard Holley pulled out of the House election race Monday, leaving no serious Flagler candidate in the running, though newcomer Danielle Anderson has qualified. In the Senate race, Dennis McDonald will be challenging Hutson, Renuart and Sweeny in a four-way Republican primary.

Howard Holley Will Run for Flagler’s House Seat Against Paul Renner, Sullivan, O’Brien Teetering Out

| November 20, 2014

The special election to fill Travis Hutson’s Florida House seat in District 24, made up mostly of Flagler County, is turning into a combination of musical chairs band feeding frenzy.

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