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An anticlimactic finish to St. Petersburg’s mayoral race? Or is Rick Kriseman closing on Rick Baker?

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In one week, St. Petersburg residents will know whether Rick Baker is returning to City Hall for a third term as mayor or if incumbent Rick Kriseman lives to fight another day. Whether Baker wins the August 29 primary outright is really the only drama left to unfold in what has turned out to be, at least compared to the previous two mayoral races, an anticlimactic affair.

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Meet Cesar Fernandez, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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There’s no doubt Cesar Fernandez stays plenty busy, but he’s happy to have turned in the Red Bull and cold pizza of his campaign days for more comfortable digs now that he works for Uber. Managing up to a half dozen “conversations” about transportation network companies at any one time with myriad Florida cities and counties, things still get hectic to be sure. But Fernandez – by now a familiar face to many observers of state politics – is glad to be playing…

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Uber, Airbnb insurance requirements approved by Senate panel

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A bill creating insurance requirements for short-term rental and transportation network companies — bywords for industry leaders Airbnb and Uber, respectively — passed the Senate Banking & Insurance Committee this afternoon, though not without an airing of grievances about some practices within the “disruptive” ridesharing business. Altamonte state Sen. David Simmons, an influential member of the Republican majority known for his policy chops, introduced the bill back in late February, which aims to clarify one of the murkiest issues of the sharing…

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Uber bill greenlighted by House transportation panel

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz successfully steered legislation to formally legalize “transportation network services” like Uber through the House Transportation & Ports Subcommittee on Tuesday. Debate on the bill — heated at times — lasted about an hour and featured an unusual aspect identified by committee Chairman Tom Rooney: “This has got to be the first bill in five years that I’ve seen where every member debated the bill,” he said, just before putting the bill to a question. The bill passed by a 9-4 vote, with…

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