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Darden Rice on St. Pete’s campaign finance ordinance — it’s ‘by no means over’

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Two days after the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance limiting campaign contributions, which is expected to be legally challenged, Council Chair Darden Rice was still exulting. A former president of the League of Women Voters in St. Pete, Rice was an early champion of the just passed measure that will set up limits on contributions to political action committees, essentially abolishing super PACs in local elections. It takes effect in January.

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Leading nation, St. Pete Council is 1st to ban corporate campaign cash

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After hours of debate, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a campaign-finance reform measure Thursday, which could have national implications. The final vote was 6-2, with Council members Ed Montanari and Jim Kennedy dissenting. Once the final vote became clear, the crowd in city chambers erupted with cheers.

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Jeff Brandes wants Florida to prepare for future wave of electric cars

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Soon, a lot more electric vehicles will be on Florida roads. Jeff Brandes wants the state to get ready. At least seven electric cars are coming to market by 2020, according to Business Insider, with several considered to be relatively affordable. That will make a total of 39 different models of plug-in electric hybrid vehicles and 44 models of EV’s operating in North America.

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GOP consultant Anthony Pedicini subject of direct mail attack in bitter HD 58 race

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Republican consultant Anthony Pedicini is the latest target of a negative mailer in the vitriolic House District 58 primary.

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Lawrence McClure with more cash-on-hand in final days of HD 58 GOP primary

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Dover businessman Lawrence McClure has more cash-on-hand than Plant City businesswoman and civic activist Yvonne Fry in the final days of their contentious House District 58 Republican primary campaign. With the latest financial figures coming in late Friday, McClure has raised a total of $135,485 versus Fry’s $112,790 through October 5. .

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HART CEO talks ‘doing more with less’ for Hillsborough transit

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Doing more with less. That’s essentially the theme espoused by Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority CEO Katharine Egan since taking over the financially troubled agency nearly three years ago, but it’s definitely the case now as HART unveils its “Mission Max” schedule Sunday morning.

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