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Gina Driscoll looks to parlay key endorsement into campaign success

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Candidates for the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council seat gathered for a meet-and-greet opportunity Monday night at the Coquina Key Clubhouse in Coquina Key, the island in the southeastern part of the district. It was a relatively low-key affair, with candidates given a minute before and after the event to interact with members of the community; many confessed beforehand they knew very little about the eight candidates in the race. In her introduction, Gina Driscoll opted not to refer to her…

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Jesse Nevel protesting Paul Congemi ‘go back to Africa’ rant at rally today

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel is organizing a “major public event” this week in response to racially charged statements made by fellow candidate Paul Congemi.

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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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AARP Florida launches online voter guide for St. Petersburg mayoral race

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A contested mayoral election offers an opportunity for citizens and interest groups to pose questions and emphasize concerns — and actually get a politician to listen.

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Kathy Castor likes Democrats new ‘A Better Deal’ slogan, agenda

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The Democratic Party unveiled its new economic plan Monday, which includes the tagline: “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.” Despite some on Twitter mocking the slogan as sounding a little too much like a Papa John’s ad, Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor digs it.

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April Griffin only interested in running for school board — NOT County Commission — in 2018

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As Hillsborough County Democrats search for a candidate with the kind of name recognition to defeat GOP incumbents Victor Crist and Sandy Murman in countywide elections next year, April Griffin confirms that she won’t be one of them.

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