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Proposal to limit outside money in St. Pete elections remains up for discussion

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After hearing from legal experts, St. Petersburg council members agreed to a future discussion about a proposal that would limit donations from so-called super PACs in city elections. Most council members support the idea. But, they were all cautious about the possible financial liability that could hit the city if the proposed ordinance was overturned in court. “Intellectually, I’m there,” Amy Foster said. “Certainly, I’m concerned about risk.” Charles Gerdes was equally cautious, saying, “I need some time to talk…

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St. Pete City Councilmembers endorse Jennifer Webb for state House

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Jennifer Webb, the Democratic candidate for State House District 69, has been endorsed by four St. Petersburg council members as well as the vice mayors of Gulfport and Redington Beach. St. Petersburg City Council members Darden Rice, Amy Foster, Karl Nurse, and Lisa Wheeler-Bowman praised Webb’s willingness to oppose special interests. Gulfport’s Michael Fridovich and Redington Beach’s Fred Steierman agreed. “Jennifer Webb has made a commitment to fight against big money and special interests,” Rice said. “As a member of…

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Pinellas schedules first meeting of sewer task force

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As Hurricane Hermine churned its way northward in the Gulf of Mexico, it dumped as much as 22 inches of rain on portions of Pinellas. Heavy rains and flooding caused sewage overflows across the county and the dumping of millions of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage into the Gulf. Within days, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice called for a countywide task force comprised of representatives from cities and private companies that own sewer systems in the county. “We…

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Charlie Crist, St. Pete City Councilmembers stand against gun violence

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and four council members took a stand against gun violence Thursday when the Vocal Majority bus tour stopped in the city. The bus tour is the inspiration of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly. Neither Giffords nor Kelly was there. But those who were there carried the anti-gun violence message forward. Kriseman referred to the candlelit ceremony held on…

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Rick Kriseman, St. Pete Council members join call to stop gun violence

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and council members Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and Amy Foster will join the 2016 Vocal Majority Bus Tour Thursday as it stops in the city to call on voters this November to help stop gun violence. The event will be the fourth stop of the 2016 Vocal Majority Tour — a six-week, 14-state national bus tour that stretches until Election Day. The Vocal Majority Tour is traveling to communities in battleground states and districts for grassroots events with…

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St. Pete Public Works Director: Albert Whitted should not have been closed

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The head of St. Petersburg’s Public Works department told City Council members Thursday that he now believes the Albert Whitted sewer plant should not have been closed until the capacity at the Southwest plant had been increased. “I want to make it perfectly clear that it is my opinion, and the opinion of my plant operators [that] the Southwest plant should have been expanded before Albert Whitted was closed,” Claude Tankersley said. St. Petersburg City Councilmembers spent three hours Thursday…

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Host of Pinellas Democrats endorse Darryl Rouson in SD 19 race

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The Senate District 19 seat encompasses both Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Ed Narain and Betty Reed reside in Tampa, while Darryl Rouson is running for the seat from St. Petersburg, so it’s probably not a surprise that a number of St. Pete Democrats have announced their support for Rouson in the race. Pinellas County Commissioners Ken Welch,  Janet Long, and Charlie Justice are backing, as is St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, and the entire St. Pete City Council. “Rep. Darryl Rouson has been a skilled legislator and a…

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