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It’s official: Louis Murphy endorses Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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Reverend Louis M. Murphy, overseeing the largest African-American congregation in Pinellas County as senior pastor of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as St. Petersburg mayor.

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Candidates spar again at St. Pete mayoral forum

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What distinguished the fourth forum for candidates in the race for St. Petersburg Mayor was the first appearance of Paul Congemi. In that one-hour City Hall debate, hosted Tuesday evening by the League of Women Voters, the perennial gadfly managed to insult nearly every other candidate on the ballot, as well as their supporters. The room itself was the smallest venue to date for what has, in the course of the past month, become the most entertaining drama in town. Nevertheless,…

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St. Pete College drops sponsorship of mayoral debate after Tampa Bay Times restricts audience

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The decision to change the format of an upcoming mayoral debate has led to the departure of one of the original sponsors of the event.

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Mayoral candidates engage in a kinder, gentler debate

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Three nights after their latest debate ended in chaos, the candidates running for mayor of St. Petersburg engaged in a restrained affair Thursday night. The most dynamic performer on the stage was Jesse Nevel, the 27-year-old Uhuru firebrand who blasted Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker throughout the 83-minute affair, while varying his message beyond a call for reparations for the black community.

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Palladium Theater starts distributing tickets to St. Pete mayoral debate

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Although three debates have been held between St. Petersburg mayoral candidates (but only one with all seven candidates on the ballot), arguably the biggest one will take place Monday, July 25, at the Palladium Theater. That’s because the forum, which starts at 7 p.m., will be broadcast throughout the city (and all the Tampa Bay area) by Bay News 9, moderated by the station’s Holly Gregory and Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith. If you want to watch the event…

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Raucous St. Pete mayoral debate ends in chaos

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It went downhill fast. The first St. Petersburg mayoral campaign forum to include all the candidates on the August 29 ballot ended in chaos Monday night after one contender, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, got into a verbal dispute with an audience member. At that point, moderator Pat Wood of the League of Women Voters threw up her hands and declared the debate was over. What ensued was a scuffle among audience members that had to be broken up by the St. Petersburg…

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Rick Kriseman, Rick Baker and five longshots qualify for ballot in St. Pete’s mayoral contest

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The deadline to qualifying to run in this year’s election for mayor of St. Petersburg ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, and the field of candidates is now set at seven. The primary election is August 29. Leading the field are the two Rick’s – incumbent Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker. Also making it on the ballot are Ernisa Barnwell, Anthony Cates III, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, Jesse Nevel, the national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, and perennial candidate…

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