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In Pasco, GOP builds big financial lead over Democrats


GOP builds big financial lead over democrats

The Pasco County Republican Party has built a large financial lead over the county's Democratic Party with two months left before the November election, campaign finance filings showed Friday. The local GOP has received $154,000 in contributions and has spent nearly $78,000 since fundraising began in 2007. During the same time, Democrats have raised $32,000 and spent all but $4,500 heading into the final two months of the campaign. The deadline for candidates to file campaign finance reports was extended one day statewide, until midnight tonight, because of Tropical Storm Fay. For filings on candidates, go to


Man, 70, arrested in bank robberies

A 70-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with robberies at two local banks. A robber walked into Bank Atlantic at 8522 U.S. 19 Tuesday afternoon and passed a teller a note demanding cash, according to Port Richey police. About 4:40 p.m., police spotted the getaway car outside a Travel Inn in New Port Richey and arrested its owner, Joseph Bender. Authorities later said they had also linked Bender to an Aug. 15 robbery of Colonial Bank at 9431 U.S. 19 in which the robber gave a note to a teller saying he had a bomb and wanted money. Tellers at both banks picked Bender's face out of a group of photos. Bender, 7311 Ingleside Drive, remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday on two counts of strong-arm robbery, with bail set at $150,000.

Pasco deaths

Boyce, Ann M.

Colebrook, Paul R.

Donahue, Sadie Marie

Gerspach, Jacqueline C.

O'Keefe, Margaret R.

Self, Aileen M.

Slahetka, Robert M.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

In Pasco, GOP builds big financial lead over Democrats 08/22/08 [Last modified: Sunday, August 24, 2008 10:33am]
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