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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.

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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Three area high school students to visit St. Pete’s sister city in Japan

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Three St. Petersburg high school juniors will head to Japan this summer as part of cultural exchange program put on by the city of St. Petersburg’s International Relations Committee. Zachary Blair-Andrews of Lakewood High School, and Chloe Johnson and Deaja Jenae Henry, both attending St. Pete Collegiate High School, were chosen by the committee last week as the 2017 Student Ambassadors. The three students will head to Takamatsu, Japan, for one week on July 5, and share St. Petersburg experiences…

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Cross-Bay Ferry ridership set another record in March

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The Cross-Bay Ferry set another record in March with nearly 8,000 passengers paying for a ride across the bay. The 7,990 tickets sold during the month was a 31-percent increase over February numbers, which also set a record, and nine out of 10 passengers were residents, not tourists. “We are now in the final month of this pilot project, and the ferry is finishing strong,” said project advisor Ed Turanchik. “We are especially proud to have such strong support from organizations…

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Rays get “Baseball Forever” pitch from Rick Kriseman

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and local Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher pitched a deal to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday that would have a new stadium built at the existing Tropicana Field site. The 43-page “Baseball Forever” pitch includes letters of support from 15 major employers in Pinellas County, all of which said they were devoted to keeping the pro baseball team in St. Petersburg. Among the corporate supporters were BayCare Medical Group, Bayfront Health, Ceridian, Duke Energy,…

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Rick Scott, Titus O’Neil to join area students at construction job fair

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Gov. Rick Scott and WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil will be the top-billed guests at the second annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Job Fair at the Port of Tampa Thursday. In addition to Scott and O’Neil, organizers expect other state leaders and 900 students from across the Tampa Bay region to come to the event promoting careers in the area’s construction industry. The job fair is scheduled to go from 9 am to 1 pm at the port’s cruise terminal.…

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