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Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

Barbara Banno/Sam Henderson matchup is likely to be close

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Candidates in Gulfport races are spending the day making their rounds trying to gather up some last minute votes. Both Barbara Banno and Sam Henderson are bouncing back and forth between four polling places throughout the day until polls close at 7. Both said they feel confident in a win, and both are happy with the way their campaigns played out. “People like Gulfport the way it is. They appreciate the changes that have been made,” said Henderson, the incumbent…

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Rick Scott celebrates jobs and tax cuts in St. Pete

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is touring the state celebrating job creation and tax cuts. During a stop in St. Pete Monday on his “Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour” Scott announced 44,300 new private sector jobs in the Tampa Bay area over the course of a year. The region’s unemployment rate also dropped one percent to 4.8 percent in January. The state unemployment rate is five percent. Scott stopped at Kobie Marketing in St. Pete for the announcement where that company…

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Liv233 Townhomes coming to downtown St. Pete

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Another new townhome development will soon pop up on Fourth Avenue North. Liv233 is a three-unit luxury living complex boasting four stories including private garages and a rooftop terrace. There’s no word on when the building is expected to break ground or open, but floor plans are now available on the builder’s website. It shows three identical units advertised as three bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The first floor consists of a den and laundry room as well as a full…

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It’s not the party, it’s the after party: Gulfport municipal election

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All eyes will be on Florida and Ohio Tuesday as voters flock to the polls to make their choice for president in the Presidential Preference Primary. Locally, though, a lot of eyes will be trained on Gulfport where voters will decide whether or not to replace two incumbents. Mayor Sam Henderson and Ward 1 City Councilman Dan Liedtke are fighting to keep their seats in City Hall against formidable challengers. Both incumbents have been grossly outraised and are being challenged…

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Marco Rubio slams Donald Trump’s “say anything” attitude at campaign stop in Largo

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Marco Rubio is targeting Donald Trump in a round of media appearances in Florida this weekend. Rubio has closed the gap between himself and Trump some, but still trails the real estate mogul by seven points in the Sunshine State. Rubio’s target at his first Florida stop Saturday was a raucous protest that led to Trump canceling an event in Chicago. During a press availability before his rally at Beckwith Electric in Largo, Rubio said Trump’s rhetoric has led to…

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Sam Henderson offers rides to the polls, gives out his phone number on Facebook

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson wants to make sure voters in his city can get to the polls next week to cast a ballot. Henderson posted his phone number on Facebook inviting them to give him a call if they need a ride. However, Henderson also encouraged voters to check out the Gulfport Extended Minibus Service, or GEMS. The service is available to Gulfport seniors and persons with disabilities. “If you don’t qualify for a GEMS ride, but need someone to…

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Gulfport challengers wind up campaigns with far more money than incumbents

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Gulfport candidates turned in their last campaign finance reports Friday before Tuesday’s election. As has been the case throughout the campaigns, challengers ended the fundraising battle far ahead of incumbents. Barbara Banno, who is challenging Mayor Sam Henderson, raised more than $27,000 as of March 10. That total includes nearly $3,000 raised between February 27 and March 10. Henderson raised just $50 during that same period bringing his total fundraising haul to just over $11,000. Meanwhile in the Ward 1 City…

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