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The voting picture and Obama's coattails

Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark drew criticism for opening only three early-voting sites, but she won overwhelmingly, and the votes were counted in two hours.

I'm not sure if I like her emphasis on absentee ballots over early voting — a move that may give the GOP an advantage — but her efforts proved better than what we got in Hillsborough County Tuesday night. And Wednesday morning. And Wednesday night. I hope we don't need a sundial to measure how fast results come in under Phyllis Busansky. …

I don't want to be accused of raining on Barack Obama's parade, but his success didn't necessarily translate down the ticket for state Democrats. Did the Dems need more help from the Obama campaign, or better coordination among state and local party organizations? …

The Home Association's annual Silver Tea will be Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. In a recent column, I did not specify the date, but you can still buy raffle tickets for a chance to use a suite at a 2009 Rays game. Call the association at 813-229-6901. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Live your life so the preacher doesn't have to lie at your funeral. …

Beer, burritos and paella. If that's not enough to get you down to Richard's Run For Life 5K at the Cuban Club tonight, remember this: 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Amandalee Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Cancer Research at Moffitt. The entry fee is $25, and you can find more information at …

Now that I've reveled in the fame of my grandmother being honored by Obama, I'm trying to perfect the formula by convincing my brother to run for office, and my sister to do standup.

That's all I'm saying.

The voting picture and Obama's coattails 11/06/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 10, 2008 1:19pm]
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