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An anticlimactic finish to St. Petersburg’s mayoral race? Or is Rick Kriseman closing on Rick Baker?

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In one week, St. Petersburg residents will know whether Rick Baker is returning to City Hall for a third term as mayor or if incumbent Rick Kriseman lives to fight another day. Whether Baker wins the August 29 primary outright is really the only drama left to unfold in what has turned out to be, at least compared to the previous two mayoral races, an anticlimactic affair.

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Florida Ethics Commission censures, fines former St. Pete City Council member Jamie Bennett for role in Ticketgate

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At its April meeting, the Florida Ethics Commission will formally agree to a stipulation publicly censuring and fining former St. Petersburg City Councilmember Jamie Bennett for his role in distributing city tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games in an attempt to gain influence over neighborhood leaders. Specifically, the Florida Ethics Commission found that Bennett: While ostensibly distributing the tickets in accordance with City policy by handing them out to heads of neighborhood associations, preliminary evidence indicates that Respondent’s primary…

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Kathleen Ford, Scott Wagman – the two candidates who benefited most from local Democratic support – stiff Pinellas Dems, while Mike Fox mans up

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During the 2009 St. Petersburg Mayoral Race, candidates Kathleen Ford and Scott Wagman benefitted greatly from the support of local Democrats. “As expected, Pinellas Democrats have thrown their support behind Kathleen Ford, the Democratic contender in the nonpartisan mayoral race.” – Bay Buzz, Pinellas Democrats throw support behind Kathleen Ford for St. Pete mayor “Local and state Democrats are aggressively targeting St. Petersburg’s officially nonpartisan mayor’s race to help put a Democrat, Kathleen Ford, in the mayor’s seat, while Republicans…

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Democratic consultants seek $72K to run campaign for Pinellas County Commission

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A proposal to an undisclosed propsective candidate by Democratic political consultants Ian O’Hara and Matthew Snyder of Realization Management seeks an astounding $72,000 in fees to manage a campaign for the Pinellas County Commission. O’Hara and Snyder’s proposal is outlined in a series of e-mails and documents provided to me by an anonymous source. I’m not sure who O’Hara and Snyder drafted the proposal for. What is clear is that O’Hara and Snyder think awfully high of their talents. Their…

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Ethics Commission finds probable cause that Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering baseball tickets. But will the Times get the story right?

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At its December meeting, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that St. Petersburg City Councilman Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, provided by the City, for the benefit of his campaign: While ostensibly distributing the tickets in accordance with City policy by handing them out to heads of neighborhood associations, preliminary evidence indicates that Respondent’s primary purpose for distributing at least some of the tickets was for garnering political support…

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Please read the story that might just win the election for Angela Rouson

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If you have yet to vote for who will fill the District 5 seat being vacated by Jamie Bennett, please read the two stories in The St. Petersburg Times today. Read here for the one about Angela Rouson, read here for the one about Steve Kornell. Both pieces are exquisitely written and, after reading them, it’s clear that there are two capable candidates running. But the article about Angela Rouson displays a level of humanity and life experience that Steve…

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Pic: I cast my (early) vote for Bill Foster for Mayor

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Trust me, it brings me no pleasure to vote for Bill Foster. I was critical of Foster when I was working for Jamie Bennett and most of the criticisms have held true. Foster has run a less-than-average campaign, allowing what appears to be a streak of disengagement to permeate throughout his bid for Mayor. For example, he announced he was running for Mayor in February, as if he hadn’t known for months, if not years, that he was going to…

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