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With the Confederate statue now moved, Tom Scaritt looks back with pride

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While most people were focusing on getting their power restored and cleaning up debris after Hurricane Irma barreled through the region, a maintenance crew hired by Hillsborough County physically removed the controversial 106-year-old Confederate monument that stood in front of the county courthouse annex since 1953.

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Rick Kriseman heads to Tampa next week for re-election fundraiser

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman hits the other side of Tampa Bay next week for a fundraiser in his re-election effort, joined by some of Tampa’s leading Democrats, including fellow Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Hosted by attorneys Ron Christaldi and Patrick Baskette, the event is Tuesday, June 20, beginning 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2800 in Tampa. In addition to Buckhorn, event chairs include Tampa City Council members Luis Viera, Harry…

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Rick Kriseman to hold fundraiser — in Tampa

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Rick Baker held a fundraiser in Clearwater last week, leading some to chortle that he had to travel all the way to North Pinellas to help boost his coffers in his bid to return as St. Petersburg mayor. Democrats said there weren’t enough Republicans in St. Pete to prop up the former two-term mayor. But Baker is not the only mayoral candidate who is venturing beyond the city limits to soak up campaign cash. On June 20, Rick Kriseman will…

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Charlie Crist names Gershom Faulkner as Outreach Director

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Congressman Charlie Crist has hired Gershom Faulkner as Outreach Director, to serve as the St. Petersburg Democrat’s liaison throughout Florida’s 13th Congressional District. “Gershom is a great addition to our team,” Crist said Friday. “His dedication to service is unwavering – as a Marine defending our country, and through positions with former Rep. Frank Peterman and Congresswoman Kathy Castor. As a veteran, small-business owner and community leader, Gershom is uniquely qualified to serve as Outreach Director and we are excited…

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Pat Kemp sworn in as newest Hillsborough County Commissioner

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Pat Kemp, Sandy Murman and Les Miller were all official sworn into office on Tuesday to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission for the next four years. For Miller and Murman, if all goes well they will have spent a full decade in office when their term ends in 2020. Both were elected in 2010, after serving previous stints in the Florida Legislature. For Kemp, it’s the culmination of her work over the past several years to finally sit on…

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Ed Narain the latest name to be floated as potential chair of Florida Democratic Party

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In the 72 hours since Allison Tant announced she would not run for another term as Florida Democratic Party chair, all sorts of names have been floated as possible successors. DNC Committeeman Alan Clendenin, former House Minority Leader Dan Gelber, former Congressman Patrick Murphy, former lawmaker Dwight Bullard and former lieutenant governor candidate Annette Taddeo are just some of Florida Democrats being mentioned in the conversation. Another is Ed Narain, the outgoing head of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, whose ascendancy in the Legislature was snuffed in August when he narrowly lost a run for…

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Yolie Capin endorses Gene Siudut in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Gene Siudut’s bid to win the Tampa City Council District 7 special election received a boost with the endorsement of Councilwoman Yolie Capin. “I’ve known Gene for a long time and I believe he is as passionate about the continued success of the city and its citizens as I am,” Capin said Friday afternoon. “His years of public service and compassionate advocacy for the people of our city make him a perfect fit for our city council. I am delighted at…

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