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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.

Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Bill Edwards and Mike Deeson

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Toast to the Bay: Bill Edwards, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Al Lang Stadium Fox 13 reported this week St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is on board with plans to expand Al Lang Stadium and supports efforts to put a referendum to voters. The expansion would more than double capacity for Tampa Bay Rowdies Fans from 7,500 to more than 18,000. The entire project is expected to cost about $70 million. Some of that would likely be paid using Pinellas…

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Rick Scott to launch jobs creation and “tax cut victory” tour

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Governor Rick Scott kicks off his “Million Billion Jobs” victory tour Monday. The self-proclaimed jobs governor is visiting five cities celebrating creating more than one million jobs in five years and $1 billion in tax cuts for Florida families over the past two years. “The debate in Florida is now about how we can create more jobs and how we can cut more taxes, which is a win-win,” Scott said. “I will always want more jobs and more tax cuts,…

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Email Insights: Florida Education Association calls on Gov. Scott to veto bad education budget

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As the Florida legislature wrapped up its 2016 session Friday by passing the 2016-17 budget, some education officials are feeling a little left out. In an email, Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall lamented the budget fails to adequately fund education and ignores increasing resistance toward what many see is chronic over-testing in schools. “Legislators may be leaving Tallahassee today, but their work is far from finished. In terms of education, they left our students, our schools and our teachers…

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Tryst refutes accusations of being a bad neighbor

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Tryst Gastro Lounge, the booming nightlife mecca on Beach Drive, is firing back against recent accusations that the business was a “bad neighbor.” During a City Council meeting earlier this month approving an updated noise ordinance, several residents and some council members specifically referenced Tryst as the center of the noise problem downtown. No other business was directly referenced in that meeting. “We work very closely with the city of St. Petersburg to comply with the latest noise requirements,” the…

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Not going to the Grand Prix? Here’s some other stuff to do in St. Pete

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Tens of thousands of St Pete residents and out of towners will flock to downtown St. Pete this week for the St Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix. But for those who aren’t up for paying big bucks to watch fast cars and hear loud noises, there’s plenty else happening around town this weekend. The SunLit Festival continues this weekend with several events. The 35th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is happening Friday through Sunday at the Coliseum in downtown. The event…

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Here’s everything you need to know heading into this year’s Grand Prix

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It’s race week in St. Pete. The St. Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix kicks off this Friday and runs through Sunday in downtown. Whether residents are going to the race or just trying to navigate downtown for other activities, here’s everything you need to know about St. Pete’s busiest weekend. Parking will be a challenge. Loads of extra bike racks will be set up at Grand Prix entry points to encourage fans to bike rather than drive to the event. For…

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Mike Deeson, Safety Harbor Mayor named in slander suit

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Business owner Jim Barge is suing several individuals and companies alleging he was falsely accused of stealing a campaign sign in 2014 from a Safety Harbor yard. Barge was caught on tape removing a sign for former Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub. The lawsuit names both Ayoub’s then challenger, Andy Steingold, as well as WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson and accuses the two of scheming with Ray Duke, the man who took the video in question, to create a “false…

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