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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.

New St. Pete voters face Monday deadline to register for primary election

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St. Petersburg residents looking to vote in the Aug. 29 municipal primary election have to be registered to vote by July 31. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections issued a deadline reminder Wednesday, and said voter registration applications will be available at any elections supervisor office, public library, tax collector office or government office handling social services. New registrants can also download the application on the supervisor’s website and deliver it by mail or in person to any of the…

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Dorothy Hukill, Travis Hutson K-12 funding formula study

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A pair of Republican state senators sent a letter to President Joe Negron Tuesday asking for a study of the funding formula for Florida’s K-12 schools. Dorothy Hukill of Port Orange and Travis Hutson of St. Augustine wrote that they see the District Cost Differential (DCD) as unfair to some school districts. That’s because the formula reduces some district allotments while increasing others, “as opposed to simply adding funds to districts that qualify for more money.” “Since the DCD is the last…

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Oldsmar City Council picks Al Braithwaite for city manager

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The Oldsmar City Council ended a year-long search for its next city manager after selecting Al Braithwaite with a unanimous vote Thursday.

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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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