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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 22K early ballots cast ahead of St. Pete primary

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More than 22,000 ballots have been cast ahead of for St. Petersburg’s Aug. 29 mayoral and City Council District 6 primaries. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark posted updated vote-by-mail numbers showing that, as of Thursday afternoon, 67,348 mail ballots have been sent, with just over 32 percent — 21,830 — have returned. By party, 10,113 Democrats, 8,003 Republicans and 3,714 NPR/other have cast votes.

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Robert Blackmon to hold fundraiser tonight, last one before St. Pete District 6 primary

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This evening, Robert Blackmon holds his final fundraiser before the Aug. 29 St. Petersburg City Council primary.

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Manuel Sykes’ ongoing divorce saga; eviction, alimony, death plots

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Nearly a year after filing, renowned St. Petersburg pastor Manuel Sykes is still fighting a bitter divorce battle with his wife of 10 years, complete with accusations of eviction and plots to “take a hit out on him” for insurance money, among other things.

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Rick Scott announces five court, board appointments

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced five appointments to a variety of courts and state boards.

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Rick Baker to end St. Pete mayoral primary on high note with Aug. 22 fundraiser

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Rick Baker is looking to finish strong ahead of the St. Petersburg mayoral primary Tuesday, August 29. In his push to build a “Seamless City,” the former two-term Mayor will hold a final fundraiser in the primary contest, set for Tuesday, August 22 at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, 400 Beach Dr. NE. in downtown St. Pete. Suggested minimum contribution is $50 per attendee.

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Rick Kriseman crosses the bay again for a Tampa fundraiser Thursday

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman travels across Tampa Bay once again this week for a Tampa fundraiser to support his re-election effort. According to the invite, the Thursday reception is to “celebrate the progress of the past three years in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay.”

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Is Tampa airport expansion ‘betting big’ on old tech over distuptors like ridesharing?

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Tampa International Airport is preparing for the future, moving ahead with a multibillion-dollar expansion project while setting new passenger records in 2017. However, Noah Pransky of WTSP found that TIA appears hesitant to embrace the latest transportation disruptor: ridesharing technology companies Uber and Lyft.

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