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Justin Bean again decries level of partisanship in City Council race

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For the second time since the end of the primary election in the race for St. Pete’s City Council District 6 seat, Justin Bean is making it a point to let voters know that, while he may be a Republican, he’s not a Donald Trump Republican.

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SD 40 race could be Donald Trump test for Democrats

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Florida Democrats are facing a test to see whether anti-President Donald Trump politics will give them a boost ahead of a critical election year and perhaps signal a turnaround after two decades of Republican dominance in the Legislature. They’ve made Trump a focal point in a special election set for Tuesday to replace a Miami-area Republican state senator who resigned after using racial slurs in front of black colleagues. The Republican in the race, state Rep. Jose Felix “Pepi” Diaz, was a contestant on…

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Omar Khan to shepherd Rick Kriseman campaign during final weeks

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To usher in the final weeks of the St. Petersburg mayoral race, incumbent Rick Kriseman is calling in a political heavy hitter — veteran Democratic consultant Omar Khan. Kahn is joining the Kriseman campaign as a senior adviser.

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National Weather Service employees ask Charlie Crist to help stop personnel cuts

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Charlie Crist was already well aware of how unhappy National Weather Service (NWS) employees were about budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. But the St. Petersburg Democrat learned a whole lot more Monday about the concerns of career agency staffers over personnel reductions — specifically in Alaska. They say such cuts could damage the accuracy in forecasting storms and other major weather events.

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Duke Energy vows it will fulfill promise of restoring power to Pinellas by midnight Friday

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When the day began, more than 100,000 Duke Energy customers in Pinellas and Pasco counties were still without power. But officials with the investor-owned utility vow to stick by their promise made earlier this week that everyone in those areas will have power restored by midnight Friday.

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Charlie Crist calls for investigation into United Airlines

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Congressman Charlie Crist says he’s heard complaints from constituents about price gouging from United Airlines, and he’s written a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asking her to investigate. “While I understand the fundamental economic principle of supply and demand, no company engaged in interstate commerce should exploit an emergency to take advantage of the people,” the Pinellas County Democrat writes.

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Hurricane raises temperatures within Florida Capitol Press Corps

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Despite getting rave reviews for his handling of pre-landfall Hurricane Irma, some in the Capitol Press Corps remain unsatisfied with Gov. Rick Scott, accusing him of being less forthcoming than his predecessors during the worst weather threat in a generation.

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