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Rene Flowers, Frank Peterman endorse Corey Givens Jr. for St. Pete City Council

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Corey Givens Jr. has earned endorsements of two former St. Petersburg City Council members in his bid for District 6 on the St. Pete Council. Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Rev. Frank Peterman are both backing Givens in his second run for public office. According to a statement released Thursday, Givens thanked Flowers for her support. Flowers defeated Givens in 2012 for the County School Board District 7…

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At neighborhood meeting, Charlie Crist dismisses question about personnel shake-up

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It was supposed to be a simple community meeting. However, Charlie Crist wound up addressing a controversial personnel decision inside his office, which added a bit of drama to the proceedings. Appearing at a community forum in St. Petersburg’s Midtown area Saturday morning, Crist’s visit was advertised as a discussion about the Affordable Care Act, economic development and jobs, education, and voting rights. Ray Tampa, a community activist and former NAACP chapter president, challenged Crist to elaborate on the somewhat…

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Charlie Crist names Gershom Faulkner as Outreach Director

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Congressman Charlie Crist has hired Gershom Faulkner as Outreach Director, to serve as the St. Petersburg Democrat’s liaison throughout Florida’s 13th Congressional District. “Gershom is a great addition to our team,” Crist said Friday. “His dedication to service is unwavering – as a Marine defending our country, and through positions with former Rep. Frank Peterman and Congresswoman Kathy Castor. As a veteran, small-business owner and community leader, Gershom is uniquely qualified to serve as Outreach Director and we are excited…

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Corey Givens Jr. says he’s ready to serve on the St. Petersburg City Council

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Corey Givens Jr. isn’t even 25 years old, yet the millennial activist is immersed in a panoply of local organizations in St. Petersburg. In addition to being president of the Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association, he serves on the local chapters of the NAACP, the Sierra Club and the Citizens Advisory Council for the South St. Pete CRA.  And now he’s running for the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council seat being vacated this year by Karl Nurse, who is term limited. “I want to focus on…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.18.16 – The Affordable Care Act is getting less affordable

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There’s more news about the Affordable Care Act this week, and it ain’t that good. Aetna announced on Tuesday it would be pulling out of Florida and 10 other states next year, giving those on the government plan less options for choice here in the Sunshine State. There have always been problems with the ACA, and they’re starting to exacerbate. But the answer isn’t just to repeal it, like most congressional Republicans have invoked like a mantra for the past…

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Frank Peterman is backing Wengay Newton in HD 70 race

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Wengay Newton has received another endorsement in his quest to win the House District 70 Democratic primary later this month. It’s former St. Pete City Councilman, state legislator Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. who is backing his campaign. Newton has received the lion’s share of endorsements in the four-county district (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota), which also includes Dan Florini and CJ Czaia. The winner of the overwhelmingly Democratic district will face Republican Cory Fournier in November. “I endorse Wengay Newton for the Florida house of State Representatives,”…

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St. Pete looks to replace racist mural 50-years gone with culturally significant art

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The city of St. Pete is budgeting $10,000 for a mural that would cover the long blank wall on the left landing of the main stairs in City Hall. The wall was once shrouded in a racist mural created in the 1940’s after City Hall was erected in 1939 using New Deal funds. In an act of civil disobedience, a young African-American activist named Joe Waller tore the mural down in 1966 after the city refused multiple attempts to remove…

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