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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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‘Time to take the gloves off,’ a key Rick Kriseman supporter tells volunteers

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman can sound almost cerebral when he makes a case for re-election over his chief opponent, former Mayor Rick Baker. Rene Flowers is much more visceral.

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Rick Kriseman campaign blasts Rick Baker for being ‘silent’ on Trump administration

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From the day he entered the race, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker said that he expected to be attacked by the Rick Kriseman campaign for his conservative political philosophy.

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More than 13K early ballots now cast ahead of St. Pete primaries

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark posted the latest vote-by-mail numbers for St. Petersburg’s Aug. 29 mayoral and City Council District 6 primaries. As of Thursday, of the 66,687 mail ballots sent, nearly 21 percent — 13,552 — have returned. By party, 5,998 Democrats, 5,189 Republicans and 2,365 NPR/other have cast votes. With mayoral-only ballots, 12,207 have returned of the 58,217 mailed (nearly 21 percent). Of the 8,670 of the mayoral and District 6 ballots sent, 1,344 (15.5 percent)…

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City Council candidates Robert Blackmon, Jim Jackson exchange attacks during radio forum

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St. Petersburg District 6 candidates Robert Blackmon and Jim Jackson appeared on WMNF’s MidPoint program Thursday, where Blackmon took several verbal shots at Jackson, accusing him of a lack of awareness about what’s going in District, while Jackson spoke critically of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s handling of the sewage crisis. Blackmon and Jackson are two of the eight people running to replace a term limited Karl Nurse in November. Early voting is currently underway for the August 29 primary; the two top…

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Hillsborough Commissioners clash on strategy, cause of sea-level rise

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Over the weekend, The Washington Post reported that major cities in the Tampa Bay area have barely begun to address sea-level rise and its effects on the region, Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp alerted her colleagues Wednesday that it was the time to act in dealing with the situation. The Post cited an assessment that within the next 12 years, the value of state property under encroaching water in the Tampa Bay region could drop by $15 billion. By 2050, that number could reach $23…

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Bill Foster backs Robert Blackmon in City Council race

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Real estate investor Robert Blackmon is former St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s choice in the crowded District 6 City Council race. “I’m supporting Robert Blackmon because he has the vision and leadership our citizens deserve on city council,” Foster said. “I’m proud to support Robert Blackmon because he understands the issues important to our community and is committed to rising to the challenges and opportunities St. Petersburg presents.” Blackmon is one of eight candidates vying to succeed Karl Nurse in a district…

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