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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Bill Edwards and Mike Deeson

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Toast to the Bay: Bill Edwards, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Al Lang Stadium Fox 13 reported this week St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is on board with plans to expand Al Lang Stadium and supports efforts to put a referendum to voters. The expansion would more than double capacity for Tampa Bay Rowdies Fans from 7,500 to more than 18,000. The entire project is expected to cost about $70 million. Some of that would likely be paid using Pinellas…

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Mike Deeson, Safety Harbor Mayor named in slander suit

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Business owner Jim Barge is suing several individuals and companies alleging he was falsely accused of stealing a campaign sign in 2014 from a Safety Harbor yard. Barge was caught on tape removing a sign for former Safety Harbor Mayor Joe Ayoub. The lawsuit names both Ayoub’s then challenger, Andy Steingold, as well as WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson and accuses the two of scheming with Ray Duke, the man who took the video in question, to create a “false…

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Four Pinellas mayors endorse Jack Latvala

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Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler, Safety Harbor Mayor Andy Steingold, and Oldsmar Mayor Jim Ronecker today joined St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker in endorsing Jack Latvala for the Florida Senate, District 16. “Every day I can look around my city and see evidence of the accomplishments of Jack Latvala when he previously served in the Florida Senate – the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge, the Willa Carson Health Resource Center, and Bayview Park to name just a…

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A point-by-point rebuttal of Diane Stenle’s editorial criticizing early mail-in voting

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Let’s start being honest about why the St. Petersburg Times seeks to downplay the significance of early, mail-in voting: if voters cast their ballots early, that will lessen the importance of the Times‘ coverage, especially its editorial recommendations. My point-by-point response to Diane Stenle’s editorial is in italics. Candidates might as well throw out the play book on how to run campaigns for local offices in Pinellas County. It’s a whole new ball game. The game changer: mail balloting. Stenle…

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Three commish seats up for grabs in Safety Harbor

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The otherwise quaint town of Safety Harbor can occasionally find itself home to rather loud city elections. For example, I managed Andy Steingold’s first campaign, an upset bid against Commissioner Deb White. The race was a bruising example of the local politics that can sometimes turn neighbor against neighbor depending on the campaign sign in their front yard. Safety Harbor is also a good example of the lesson that today’s city commissioner is tomorrow’s fill-in-the-blank, i.e., Pinellas County Commissioner Neil…

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