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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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Former police chief Goliath “Go” Davis co-hosting Rick Baker’s first campaign event this weekend

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Former St. Petersburg Police Chief Goliath Davis is among the hosts of Rick Baker‘s first campaign event set for Saturday. The event includes a picnic at Lake Maggiore Park between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Baker announced Tuesday he is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman to win back the job he held from 2001-2010. Other officials listed on a promotional flier include a host of retired and present black officers who were part of a generation who served at a time of improved race relations at the agency.…

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I really don’t know Kevin King

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I really don’t know Kevin King, the Chief of Staff to Mayor Rick Kriseman. I believe — and Kevin can correct me if I am wrong — the last time he and I spoke was in early 2006. It was after my spiral from politics, when I was waiting tables at a now-defunct joint on Fourth Street. If I remember correctly, Kevin was charitable to me, probably feeling sorry for my station in life at the time. He was soon to become, if not already, the go-to…

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Rick Kriseman’s list of woes continues to grow

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He’s not up for re-election until 2017, but already the cards are stacking up against St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. The same mayor who always shows up in public with a beaming smile touting his Sunshine City also seems to have a dark cloud following him around. No matter how much good Kriseman accomplishes, he always seems to be moments away from damage control. Since taking office in 2013 Kriseman has faced mounting criticism for failing to garner enough support…

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Guest op-ed: Kathleen Ford for…whatever

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Guest writer Henry Boxlor expresses what a lot of folks in and around City Hall are thinking: I’ll just admit it I like Kathleen Ford. Smart, sharp on point. I liked her when she was on City Council, I liked her when she ran for mayor the first time and I really liked her when she ran for mayor in 2009. I think without the HNIC comments things might have worked out differently. Just the hint of a Ford candidacy…

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With rumors of Kathleen Ford pondering a run, speculation begins about next year’s City Council races

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One of my governing theories of politics is, because of the down economy, more and more people will consider running for elected office.  Not because these people all hope to improve the state of government, but because elected office provides economic security, specifically, retirement benefits, in an era when such things are hard to obtain.  I think you’ll see more races like the St. Petersburg Mayoral Campaign and the upcoming Tampa Mayoral Campaign, campaigns in which several candidates run creating…

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With rumors of Kathleen Ford pondering a run, speculation begins about next year’s City Council races

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One of my governing theories of politics is, because of the down economy, more and more people will consider running for elected office.  Not because these people all hope to improve the state of government, but because elected office provides economic security, specifically, retirement benefits, in an era when such things are hard to obtain.  I think you’ll see more races like the St. Petersburg Mayoral Campaign and the upcoming Tampa Mayoral Campaign, campaigns in which several candidates run creating…

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