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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.

Nearly 34K early ballots cast ahead of St. Pete primary

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On the day before St. Petersburg’s mayoral and City Council District 6 primaries, nearly 34,000 ballots have already been cast. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark posted updated vote-by-mail numbers showing that, as of Monday morning, 67,820 mail ballots have been sent, with just under 50 percent – 33,896 – have returned. By party, 16,383 Democrats, 11,823 Republicans and 5,690 NPR/other have cast votes. With mayoral-only ballots, as of Friday, 29,842 have returned of the 59,000 mailed (just under…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — Back to court

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An Orlando entrepreneur is now demanding a jury trial in his suit against Attorney General Pam Bondi, in which he claims she forces businesses to donate millions of dollars to unregistered charities as part of settlements in consumer protection cases. John D. Smith, who invented Storm Stoppers plastic panels, marketed as a “plywood alternative” to protect windows during storms, filed papers this week in Leon County Circuit Civil court. He had been investigated on a consumer fraud allegation by Bondi’s office in 2015. In…

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Rick Scott announces 12 state board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 12 appointments to a variety of state boards.

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Seawall dispute stymies planned $800K Gulfport waterfront home

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A couple looking to build an $800,000 waterfront Gulfport home had their plans thwarted when it was discovered they did not actually own the seawall, which was purchased in 1921 by a now-defunct company.

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Janet Cruz crosses Tampa Bay to campaign for Rick Kriseman

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Florida House Minority Leader Janet Cruz made the trip across Tampa Bay this weekend to canvass for incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s re-election effort. Cruz, a Democrat who represents Northwestern Hillsborough County through downtown Tampa, is signifying a serious investment of resources by the Florida Democratic Party toward re-electing Kriseman in what has traditionally been a nonpartisan race.

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Duane Henderson: Joe McClash’s quest to squash Aqua by the Bay

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In Bradenton, Florida, the Aqua by the Bay neighborhood is up for approval, with the potential to transform the forgotten Western part of Manatee County. The neighborhood — a Medallion Home project by Carlos Beruff — incorporates the concepts smart-growth Floridians like to see: environmental preservation, a mixed-use design and revitalization in the form of new jobs and tax dollars for an area that has continued to struggle since the recession.

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Daniel Webster helps secure $1M in back pay for CD 11 veterans

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Daniel Webster is making significant headway in the effort to repay debts owed to Florida veterans.

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