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Charlie Justice, Mike Mikurak clash over sewage

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The two candidates for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission spent the last forum before the election as they have spent the campaign — wrangling over leadership. Democratic incumbent Charlie Justice says he has displayed leadership during his term on the commission. The commission, he says, was a “mess” when he took office four years ago: Commissioners were fighting with each other, with the mayors, with fire districts and with cities across the bay. “It was not a…

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Mike Mikurak bashes Charlie Justice for St. Pete sewage dumping

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Mike Mikurak’s new campaign video focuses on millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage dumped by the city of St. Petersburg into Tampa Bay waters this past year. Mikurak blames the failure to maintain the city’s infrastructure on a lack of county leadership. In particular, he targets his opponent, Charlie Justice, for that lack of leadership. Mikurak, a Republican, is challenging Justice, a Democrat, who is running for his second term on the Pinellas County Commission. The video, which…

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Service employees’ union endorses Charlie Justice, Carol Cook

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The Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has endorsed candidates in Pinellas County elections. At the county level, Pinellas Commissioner Charlie Justice and School Board member Carol Cook, both running for re-election, received the union’s support. At the local level, Dunedin Mayor Julie Bujalski, who is seeking re-election, also received the union’s endorsement. The union also supports renewing the one-half mill ad valorem tax for school district operating expenses. And, at the state level, the SEIU has endorsed…

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5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times

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Back before there was a FloridaPolitics.com and it was just me blogging at SaintPetersBlog.com, I would write a semi-regular screed about the Tampa Bay Times’ political coverage. This was so long ago, the Times still had St. Petersburg in its masthead. I gave up the “5 things I think I think…” column after a while because it got repetitive. (And because so many of my favorite writers — Howard Troxler, Eric Deggans, Michael Kruse —  left the newspaper). However, with 15…

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Matt Stewart collects endorsements from Pinellas County elected officials

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Matt Stewart, who’s running for the Pinellas County School Board, has been endorsed by three elected officials from Pinellas County. Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice, Clerk of Court Ken Burke and retiring Tax Collector Diane Nelson have all endorsed him. Stewart said he was honored to have their endorsements. Stewart is running for the District 1 at-large seat on the school board against Joanne Lentino, a retired teacher. There is no incumbent in the nonpartisan race, which is voted countywide.…

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Party, PAC money seeps into nonpartisan municipal races

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When candidates run for local nonpartisan offices — mayor, council member, or commissioner — they’re supposed to keep party politics out of the conversation. And, for the most part, that’s the way it is. But in some races this year, partisan money is helping finance local candidates. Take the City of Largo, for example, where incumbent Curtis Holmes is facing Neil McMullen in the race for Seat 3 on the city commission. McMullen is a descendant of one of Pinellas…

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Jack Latvala calls for delegation to meet again to discuss Pinellas sewer woes

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State Sen. Jack Latvala has called for a follow-up workshop meeting of the Pinellas legislative delegation to hear and discuss the effects of the recent discharge of untreated sewage into Tampa Bay waters by cities in Pinellas County during Hurricane Hermine. The meeting will be Nov. 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Education and Conference Center, 701 4th St. S. in St. Petersburg. Part of the event will be a presentation by the Florida Department of Environmental…

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