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Tiger Bay: 2010 legislative preview with Rep. Ed Hooper and Rep. Rick Kriseman

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If space aliens were to land in our fair State and seek to ascertain the burning issues of import to our society by examining the recent acts of our Legislature, they would come to understand that we, as Floridians, care very deeply about young men wearing droopy pants which expose the tops of their boxers. They would also determine that we take grave offense to those who would display metallic replicas of bull reproductive organs on the backs of their…

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In the face of declining poll numbers, here’s what Charlie Crist can do to save his campaign

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A new St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds only 42 percent of likely Florida voters think Charlie Crist is doing a good or excellent job as governor — by far the worst approval rating of Crist’s 34 months in office. Dear Charlie, It’s been a long time since I helped out on one of your campaigns. In fact, I think the last time we worked together you were running for…the U.S. Senate (do you remember the time when,…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – Bill Foster for St. Petersburg mayor – One candidate for St. Petersburg mayor offers the experience and leadership to build on the city’s accomplishments and meet its challenges. Bill Foster embraces the progress and offers an optimistic vision for the future. Kathleen Ford sees flaws, fights old battles and charts a different direction — backward. Lakeland Ledger – Public Service Commission: Regulators and the Regulated – Whatever the scandal-ridden Florida Public Service Commission decides regarding multibillion-dollar…

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Jack Latvala’s raisin’ money like it’s 1999

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Damn, Jack’s back. Not so former Senator Jack Latvala raised $229,750 in his first quarter back on the campaign trail. $229,750! He’s on pace to outraise Marco Rubio, maybe even some of the other major statewide candidates. Not that it much matters, but he’s got $223K still left on hand, meaning Jack’s running a tight ship. Memo to Nina Hayden: please, please reconsider your bid for the state Senate. We love you on the Pinellas School Board. And if you…

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The first thing to do: Improve the lobbyist disclosure law

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If there is one aspect of Florida’s campaign finance laws that does not benefit big business and its lapdogs in the Legislature, it is laws requiring the Division of Elections to provide an Internet-based disclosure system that details “who gives what.” By visiting the Division’s site and scrolling down to the Candidates and Committees section, any Floridian with computer access can see who gave what to which candidate, and how much. You can pull up all the candidates for a…

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The first thing Charlie Crist can do: improve the lobbyist disclosure law

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If there is one aspect of Florida’s campaign finance laws that does not benefit big business and its lapdogs in the Legislature, it is laws requiring the Division of Elections to provide an Internet-based disclosure system that details “who gives what.” By visiting the Division’s site and scrolling down to the Candidates and Committees section, any Floridian with computer access can see who gave what to which candidate, and how much. You can pull up all the candidates for a…

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