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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

Rick Scott announces four judicial, board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced four appointments to both judicial courts and state boards. 12th Judicial Circuit Court

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Why visual artist Margaret Juul is one of the Best of the Bay

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Voting is now open in one of most significant elections in St. Petersburg for 2017. No, not that one; this ballot has nothing to do with City Hall or the “two Ricks.” Creative Loafing is celebrating Tampa Bay’s finest for 2017 Best of the Bay — its annual local list of the “tastiest restaurants … baddest local bands … politicians who inspire and infuriate you.” (OK, maybe it does have something to do with the two Ricks, if only indirectly.)

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Former HSN host claims breach of contract one day after QVC buyout

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A one-time on-air host for Home Shopping Network is suing the giant St. Petersburg-based omnichannel retailer for breach of contract a day after it was sold to rival QVC. Akos Jankura — known as “The Solutionist” — is the host of My Cool Inventions, a radio show that markets listener-submitted inventions. Many of those products were sold through its website, MyCoolGadgets.com.

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Yvonne Fry gets early endorsements from Plant City Commission

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One day into her candidacy for Florida House District 58, Yvonne Fry received the endorsement of all five current Plant City Commissioners, including Mayor Rick Lott as well as another former member.

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Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’

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Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump. “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,” Clinton writes in the introduction, according to publisher Simon & Schuster. “Now I’m letting my guard down.”

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Former Hogan’s Beach bartender claims ‘pervasive’ sexual harassment

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A former bartender at Hogan’s Beach in Tampa is accusing the now-closed club of encouraging “pervasive” sexual harassment. Lorna Marie Perez is a 32-year-old Pinellas Park resident who began working for Hogan’s Beach — the namesake of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan — in 2013.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

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