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Frank Attkisson killed in bicycle-car crash

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Former Osceola County chairman, Florida state representative, and Kissimmee Mayor Frank Attkisson was killed Thursday night when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Attkisson, 61, was riding on Kissimmee Park Road near St. Cloud around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when his bike was struck from behind by a car driven by 26-year-old Kristie Jean Knoebel of St. Cloud, according to the patrol. The crash is being investigated. Attkisson was transported to Osceola…

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Lealman improvement plan moves forward

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Back in June, county commissioners made a historic decision: They created the first community redevelopment area in unincorporated Pinellas County. It was a move that, for years, was unthinkable with Pinellas officials saying they would never sanction a CRA in unincorporated Pinellas. CRAs were something cities did. That changed under a county administration and commission that’s become willing to try new things. In this case, the new thing – a county CRA – is the most recent effort to solve…

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Beverley Billiris officially kicking off campaign tonight – on same day investigation launched into WorkNet’s petition gathering for her

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Former Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris is officially kicking off her campaign tonight from 6pm-9pm at the Riverside Venue at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. This event will take place on the same day the U.S. Department of Labor launched an investigation of WorkNet Pinellas and the use of participants in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate. As David DeCamp reported last week, students participating in WorkNet’s YouthBuild program collected petitions last Tuesday for…

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Beverley Billiris officially kicking off campaign tonight – on same day investigation launched into WorkNet’s petition gathering for her

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Former Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverley Billiris is officially kicking off her campaign tonight from 6pm-9pm at the Riverside Venue at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. This event will take place on the same day the U.S. Department of Labor launched an investigation of WorkNet Pinellas and the use of participants in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate. As David DeCamp reported last week, students participating in WorkNet’s YouthBuild program collected petitions last Tuesday for…

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Former Hernando commissioner Diane Rowden to seek Florida House seat

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Former Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden has called a press conference for noon Wednesday on the steps of the Hernando County courthouse to announce her candidacy for the District 44 state House seat. A Democrat, Rowden served two terms on the County Commission and nearly four years on the Hernando County School Board. This is her first run for state office. The seat is now held by Republican Robert Schenck, who is in his second term and who has pre-filed…

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Charlie Crist appoints Dem in Palm Beach; shouldn’t he do the same for Hillsborough SOE?

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If Charlie Crist thought it important to appoint a Democrat to a vacancy in a minority-dominated district of the Palm Beach County Commission, shouldn’t he give the same consideration when appointing a replacement for the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections?

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Draft Ken Welch

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The latest poll on the St. Petersburg Mayoral race supposedly indicates that voters are undecided about their choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have access to a second poll, whose questions are more direct than The Times’. The crosstabs of this poll indicate that voters are not completely undecided, they are just undecided about which one of two candidates they would like to support. Bennett supporters are also Wagman supporters and vice-versa. Ford supporters are also Foster…

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