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John Morroni to chair Forward Pinellas board next year

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Forward Pinellas, the transportation and land use planning agency for Pinellas County, has new board leadership and several new members going into 2017. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni will serve as the board’s chair; Clearwater Commissioner Doreen Caudell, vice chair; Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Cookie Kennedy, treasurer; and Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, secretary. All votes were unanimous. Forward Pinellas is the organization formed by the merger of the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council. Forward Pinellas is…

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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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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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Charlie Crist now leads in fundraising over Eric Lynn in CD 13 contest

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  Charlie Crist out fundraised Eric Lynn in fundraising for the first quarter of 2016, and has now raised more money overall than his CD 13 Democratic opponent. That’s despite the fact that Lynn began with a six-month head start. On Friday, both Democrats vying for the nomination in the Pinellas County congressional district released their fundraising totals for the first three months of the year. Crist raised more than $271,000 in the first quarter, and has now raised more than $778,00 since…

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Following protest, PSTA re-issues outside bus advertisement proposal requests

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has decided to re-issue its request for bus advertisement proposals following an official protest by Direct Media, one of the companies that lost out on the initial contract award. According to the PSTA’s CEO, Brad Miller, the protest and ultimate re-issue of the request for proposals stemmed from confusion during the procurement process. “One of the issues that wasn’t clear […] was exactly […] how [the vying companies] were supposed to submit a [bid], given that we…

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