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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

Pinellas County staff to answer questions on Penny for Pinellas program Monday

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Pinellas County staff will be on hand at Monday’s meeting of the Council of North County Neighborhoods to talk about the Penny for Pinellas program. Staff will discuss the one-cent sales tax, give a presentation on past projects funded by the program, and answer questions about projects being proposed for funding. Ideas for capital improvement in North Pinellas County are also welcome. The one-cent sales tax has been around since 1990 and is split between the county and the 24…

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Retailers expect record-setting Easter spending

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A survey conducted by the National Retail Federation is predicting record-setting Easter spending this year with a projected total of $18.4 billion in spending for the Christian holiday. “With Easter falling almost an entire month later than last year, that means warmer weather and more people in the mood to spend money to celebrate,” said Florida Retail Federation President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “This is great news for Sunshine State retailers, and with more consumers spending more money, we expect stores…

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USFSP librarian arrested on child pornography charges

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A University of South Florida St. Petersburg librarian was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. James Anthony Schnur, 51, is facing 10 charges of possession of child pornography and two charges for the prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscene materials. According to PCSO records, his bond is set at more than $1 million. Deputies said they started investigating Schnur in January after getting a tip about him having the obscene material,…

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Scientology leader details downtown plans in closed-door meeting

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Downtown Clearwater stakeholders got a preview of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s retail and entertainment plan for the area during an invitation-only presentation at the Fort Harrison Hotel Tuesday. Scientology spokesperson Ben Shaw denied media requests to attend the meeting, reports Tracey McManus of the Tampa Bay Times. The two-hour presentation included the church’s plan to pay for new facades for stores on the stretch of Cleveland Street between Osceola and Myrtle avenues, as well as the organization’s use of consultants…

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Dana Young raises $150K in March for Senate re-election

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Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young was among the handful of Florida senators to only win a 2-year term during the 2016 election cycle. She hasn’t wasted any time gearing up for her 2018 re-election. Young, who bested Democrat Bob Buesing in the SD 18 race last November, brought in more than $150,000 last month between her campaign and political committee accounts. The bulk of the money was raised through her political committee, “Friends of Dana Young,” including $10,000 checks from…

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Florida Democratic Party chair chips in $100K during Q1 of 2017

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The Florida Democratic Party got a $100,000 boost from their new chair last month according to new finance documents filed with the Florida Division of Elections. Stephen Bittel has been in place as the Democratic Party chair since January, when the Miami-Dade Democrat won a five-way race for the position with 55 percent of the vote. Bittel’s $100,000 infusion was the largest single contribution the party took in for the month, which saw it bring in a little over $840,000.…

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Home rule advocacy group adds two national organizations to its roster

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Home-rule advocates Campaign to Defend Local Solutions announced Monday that it is adding Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the National Black Justice Coalition as official partners. “The spectrum of voices speaking out for home rule and against heavy-handed state pre-emption continues to grow,” said CDLS campaign manager Michael Alfano. “From protecting equality laws to preventing gun violence, our partner organizations and elected officials know that the government closest to the people governs best, and we’re grateful for their efforts.” Mayors…

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