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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.

Survey finds Pinellas County residents trust their local government

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Pinellas County residents are far more likely to have trust and confidence in their local government than the average American according to a new poll put out by the county. The 2017 Citizen Values Survey asked residents whether they trust their local government and a combined 93 percent said they trusted Pinellas County either a “great deal” or “fair amount,” compared to just 7 percent who said “not very much” or “not at all.” The numbers rack up favorably to…

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Consumer Protection Coalition launches ad on Assignment of Benefits claims

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The Consumer Protection Coalition launched a radio and television ad campaign Monday to warn homeowners of how Assignment of Benefits abuse could cause insurance rates to skyrocket in Florida. Assignment of Benefits, or AOB, is a system where homeowners can sign over their insurance policy to a contractor or lawyer in exchange for a quick repair. Often, AOB claims are costlier and many end up in court in order to get insurers to pay up. The coalition includes several insurance…

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Madeira Beach Town Center subject of two new lawsuits

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A pair of Pinellas County attorneys filed lawsuits in the 6th Judicial Circuit last week seeking to overturn the Madeira Beach city ordinance authorizing the development of the proposed Madeira Beach town center. Treasure Island attorney Ken Weiss filed against the city on behalf of Linda Hein and Sam Baker on March 16. The suit alleges the rezoning of the land on Madeira Way goes against the city’s comprehensive plan and also claims the city failed to comply with its…

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Bill would require city officials to file state financial disclosures

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A bill that would require elected city officials to file detailed financial disclosures got thumbs up Wednesday morning from the Florida House Government Accountability Committee. House Bill 7021, introduced by Republican state Rep. Larry Metz of Groveland, would require mayors, city council members and other municipal elected officials in perhaps half of Florida’s cities to file full and public disclosure of their public interests on the same forms now used by state and county elected officials. The bill, which the…

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House committee approves $1.8M claims bill for dead FSU player

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The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would give $1.8 million to the family of Devaughn Darling, who died in a Florida State University football practice in 2001. Darling’s family has been seeking legislative approval for the money since 2005, when they won a judgment of $2 million in a wrongful death suit. State law limits the amount that can be paid out in such suits to $200,000, leaving Darling’s family to seek the remaining balance through the Legislature.…

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Jamie Grant picks up challenger in HD 64

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A Hillsborough County school teacher announced this week that she will challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Jamie Grant for the District 64 seat in the Florida House. Jessica Harrington originally planned to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis in 2018, but said she decided to change course after a trip to Tallahassee. “I realized that no one really knows me… nationally, but a lot of people know me locally,” she said. Harrington believes public schools are underfunded and overcrowded, which she…

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St. Petersburg International Baseball starts Friday with Team Canada vs. Rays

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The seventh season of St. Petersburg International Baseball is set to kick off Friday with a game between Team Canada and the Tampa Bay Rays prospect squad. After the opening game against the Rays prospect squad, Team Canada will take on MLB prospect teams for the Tigers on March 27, Braves on March 28, Phillies on March 29, and Blue Jays on March 30. The first five games of the seven-game season will be held at the Walter Fuller Baseball…

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