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Tim Pawlenty 'never confirmed' for Pasco Reagan Day dinner

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Pawlenty 'never confirmed' for Reagan dinner

When Pasco Republicans released the lineup last month for the annual Reagan Day dinner, they made no secret that presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty would be there. Sure, Friday night's fundraiser at Saddlebrook Resort featured several top Florida politicians, including headliner Attorney General Pam Bondi. Diners also heard from two leading U.S. Senate candidates. But putting the former Minnesota governor on the invite was supposed to send a clear message: Pasco Republicans can bring the big names to town. Apparently not this time. A Pawlenty spokesman said Friday morning the former Minnesota governor wouldn't attend. He said Pawlenty "was never confirmed" for the event and would be thousands of miles away in California. Did the presidential hopeful snub Pasco? Did party officials jump the gun? Pawlenty has bigger problems as he struggles to gain traction before the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. But his no-show is puzzling because Pasco provided him with one recent piece of good news: endorsements from two of the county's biggest names, state House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford and another future speaker, Richard Corcoran.

New Port Richey

Democrats holding restart meeting

A meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 to restart the Democratic Woman's Club of Pasco County. The group will meet at the Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road (at Embassy Boulevard, behind the Bank of America). For information or to RSVP, contact Doris at or June at (727) 372-9321.

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Those who care for others, particularly the adult children of aging parents, are in a growing demographic. We know you're not alone, and we'd like to share your tips and advice for how you do it in a future issue of LifeTimes, our monthly section for "Living well after 50." Please include your full name, city of residence, age and daytime phone number with your submission. E-mail to (please put "caregiving" in the subject line), or send mail to Mimi Andelman, LifeTimes Editor, Features Department, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is Wednesday.

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Mika Wescomb is among the finalists in tonight's Hernando/Pasco Has Talent contest. Her name was misspelled in a story on Friday's Diversions page.

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