Two days after the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance limiting campaign contributions, which is expected to be legally challenged, Council Chair Darden Rice was still exulting. A former president of the League of Women Voters in St. Pete, Rice was an early champion of the just passed measure that will set up limits on contributions to political action committees, essentially abolishing super PACs in local elections. It takes effect in January.
Hillsborough County Democratic lawmakers Wednesday called on Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Congress to reject potential cuts to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). President Donald Trump’s budget plans unveiled earlier this year would reduce the Children’s Health Insurance Program by at least 20 percent over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions of children.
Rick Kriseman believes he’s run a substantive re-election campaign, contrary to comments made by a St. Petersburg City Council member who believes the race hasn’t focused enough on issues directly impacting city residents.
Supporters of Rick Kriseman knocked on doors and called likely voters on Sunday, less than 48 hours before the primary election in St. Petersburg. “I think the race has narrowed. It’s become a bit closer than what some of the polls have indicated,” predicted state Senator Darryl Rouson, who twice gave pep talks to volunteers at the campaign’s Midtown headquarters on 22nd Street South.
They insist it isn’t political. On Wednesday, St. Petersburg House Democrat Wengay Newton, along with two other religious figures based in South St. Petersburg, blasted the Rick Kriseman administration for what they believe was an emphasis on gentrifying Midtown, the predominantly black section of the city.
Darryl Rouson says that he was legitimately undecided days before the Florida Senate would vote on whether to place a measure on the 2018 ballot to increase Florida’s homestead exemption.
Pinellas County lawmakers will hold their first public hearing ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session next month, the delegation announced Tuesday. Delegation Chairman and Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced the Sept. 21 meeting Tuesday and said it will be held in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus from 9 am to noon. During the meeting, Pinellas County’s three senators and eight representatives and their staff will introduce proposed local bills, give presentations focusing on economic development…