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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

Kathleen Peters sets fundraiser for Pinellas Commission campaign

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South Pasadena Republican Rep. Kathleen Peters will hold a fundraiser Aug. 7 for her Pinellas County Commission campaign, and the host committee includes some of the top names in Bay area politics. Joining the three-term HD 69 representative and former South Pasadena mayor are state Sen. Jack Latvala, his son state Rep. Chris Latvala, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Treasure Island Mayor Bob Minning, Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons and many others. The fundraiser will be held at Cafe Ponte in Clearwater…

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Naples Daily News pops lobbyist, gives state universities free pass

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If you haven’t already seen the “must-read” article from the Naples Daily News linked to in Monday’s Sunburn — check it out now. Here’s why: Arek Sarkissian stumbled onto a big scandal, but not the scandal he wrote about.

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Richard Corcoran announces 2018 leadership in House

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In a Tuesday memo, House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced his leadership for the 2018 Legislative Session, including the committee weeks that lead up to the annual session. Current Majority Whip Dane Eagle keeps that post, but now will be a member of the Republican leadership team. Rep. Jim Boyd will chair the Commerce Committee, taking over from Jose Felix Diaz, who is running for state Senate. Replacing Boyd at the helm of the Ways & Means Committee is Paul Renner, recently picked…

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Mail ballots go out to St. Pete voters

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The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections mailed out ballots for the August 29 municipal primary Tuesday to the more than 64,000 voters who have requested them. On the ballot will be the mayoral primary, featuring Mayor Rick Kriseman, former Mayor Rick Baker as well as Anthony Cates, Paul Congemi, Theresa Lassiter and Jesse Nevel. The top two vote getters will square off in the November general election unless one of the candidates gets greater than 50 percent of the vote.…

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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 7.25.17

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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. — SOFLA SPECIAL —  It’s been just over three months since Frank Artiles resigned, and now voters in Senate District 40 have their first chance to decide who they want to send to Tallahassee to represent them. The special primary election to replace Artiles is today. Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, and Lorenzo Palomares, who is…

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What to watch for during the Rick Kriseman vs. Rick Baker televised debate

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The hour is getting late for Rick Kriseman.  Even though the primary election won’t be decided until August 29, ballots will be sent to early voters at the end of this week. About 1,000 ballots have already been sent to military and overseas voters. Going by how other local elections have played out, the next two weeks could very well decide whether Kriseman is re-elected. 

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Sixth Judicial Circuit judge Peter Ramsberger wins award for judicial excellence

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Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Peter Ramsberger is the 2017 recipient of the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence. The Chief Justice Awards for Judicial Excellence, established in 2014 and bestowed annually, recognize one county court judge and one circuit judge who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the judicial branch and who personify judicial excellence. Ramsberger, who was elected to the Pinellas County bench in 1990 and appointed to his position in the Sixth Circuit in 1997, was presented with the award…

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