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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.

Oldsmar elected officials all line up behind Ed Hooper in Senate race

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Ed Hooper has now received the endorsement of every Oldsmar city elected official in his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Clearwater Sen. Jack Latvala in 2018.

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Flamboyant developer Jonathan Daou sues franchisee over delayed North Ward School project

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A legal battle has begun over St. Petersburg’s defunct North Ward School, with a flamboyant developer taking a struggling franchisee to court after it pulled out as anchor of the shopping center project on Fourth Street North. Self-described “creative real estate investor” Jonathan Daou bought the site on 327 11th Ave. N from the Pinellas County School District in January 2014 – promising to reuse, repurpose and not “tear down” the school.

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Karl Nurse gives Gina Driscoll thumbs up as successor in St. Pete District 6

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Citing her longtime service to the community, St. Petersburg City Councilmember Karl Nurse is giving thumbs up to Gina Driscoll as his successor in the District 6 race. “I believe of the large field of candidates Gina Driscoll is the most ready to step into this city council seat due to her years of civic involvement,” Nurse said in a statement Wednesday.  “Gina is capable of representing the broad range of neighborhoods and has the temperament and drive to be effective…

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St. Pete City Council to take up costly wastewater fix

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This week, the St. Petersburg City Council will take up one of the city’s most pressing issues — fixing its aging sewage and storm drainage system. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine exposed a host of complications in how the city handles wastewater, leading to nearly 200 million gallons of sewage being dumped into Bay area waterways in 2016.

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Publicist set up Donald Trump Jr., lawyer meeting

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The Latest on the probes into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A music publicist says he set up a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump’s eldest son on behalf of a client in Moscow named Emin Agalarov. In a statement to The Associated Press Monday, Rob Goldstone says the lawyer said she had information about purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee that she thought Donald Trump Jr.…

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St. Pete mayoral, council hopefuls to hold forums in July

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In St. Petersburg, election season is well underway. Over the next week or so, St. Pete voters will get a chance to hear directly from candidates running for mayor and city council.

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State Attorney Brian Haas endorses Ben Albritton in SD 26

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State Attorney Brian Haas is endorsing Republican Ben Albritton in the Florida Senate District 26 seat now held by Denise Grimsley, who is forgoing re-election for an Agriculture Commissioner bid. “Ben has the right convictions and values to serve our area well,” said Haas, who serves the 10th Judicial Circuit covering Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. “He believes, as I do, in holding criminals accountable for their actions to keep our community a safe place to live, work and visit.  He also…

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