Rick Baker has received a key endorsement in his mayoral bid. The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 747 announced Friday it was throwing its support behind Baker in the St. Petersburg mayoral election. In a statement announcing the endorsement, Rick Pauley, the president of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, said the former two-term mayor has “demonstrated his support for public safety” by supporting issues important to fire fighters in the past.
The state’s Constitution Revision Commission announced committee assignments, consisting of “10 standing substantive committees and two standing procedural committees,” it said in a Friday news release. “Establishing committees for the CRC means we can move forward on developing proposals that will benefit Florida families, businesses and students,” Chairman Carlos Beruff said in a statement.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran appears to be growing his political team, despite staying tight-lipped about his 2018 plans. The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that Watchdog PAC, the Land O’Lakes Republican’s political committee, has hired Jamestown Associates.
A former student government leader at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is accusing the school of wrongly expelling him over allegedly false accusations of sexual wrongdoing. In a suit against the University filed June 28 in Pinellas County Circuit Court, “John Doe” says that he and the female student — identified as “Jane Roe” — had “entirely consensual” vaginal and anal sex Sept. 28, 2016, in his on-campus dorm room.
Rep. Brian Mast will report raising more than $700,000 in the second quarter of 2017, his campaign announced. The Mast campaign said Thursday it raised $733,964 between April 1 and June 30. That three-month fundraising haul brings his total raised to more than $1.12 million this cycle, according to the campaign.
St. Petersburg officials are dealing with another sewage spill, this one coming just a day after Mayor Rick Kriseman touted improvements at the Southwest sewage plant near Eckerd College. The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that the same plant experienced a sewage spill Wednesday night after heavy rains increased flow to the plant. About 50,000 gallons spilled, and the Tampa Bay Times reported the spill happened because part of the plant’s treatment capacity was out of service because of the…
Rep. Matt Caldwell has the unanimous backing of his colleague from the Panhandle for Agriculture Commissioner. Caldwell’s campaign announced that the entire Panhandle House delegation — Rep. Brad Drake, Clay Ingram, Mel Ponder, Frank White, Jay Trumbull, and Jayer Williamson — has endorsed him for Agriculture Commissioner. The endorsements were billed as the first wave of Panhandle endorsements, and come as Caldwell continues to travel the state to build support for his campaign.