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Rick Baker committee raises big, spends bigger in July

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Former and possibly future St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker raised nearly $85,000 for his political committee last month according to finance reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

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State leaders sign off on Florida primary results

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The results of Florida’s Aug. 30 primary election are now final. The state Elections Canvassing Commission — comprising Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam — took less than two minutes to certify the results Thursday morning. Secretary of State Ken Detzner presided over the meeting in the state Capitol. Scott, Bondi, and Putnam participated by telephone. Scott was spending the morning clearing debris Hurricane Hermine left in Tallahassee’s streets. If the process seemed perfunctory,…

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Bob Gualtieri, Mike Twitty far ahead in fundraising for Pinellas posts

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With less than a month to go before the Aug. 30 primary, Mike Twitty continues to swamp Jim Frishe in the fundraising race. Twitty, who’s running his first campaign, has raised about 2 ½ times more than political veteran Frishe, a former state representative. The two Republicans are vying to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser. Incumbent Pam Dubov is not running for reelection. Twitty raised $370 in the six-days between July 23 and 29, the most recent reporting…

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Pinellas School Board candidates enter the Tiger’s Den Wednesday

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The nine candidates for the three open seats on the Pinellas County School Board will be the featured speakers at Wednesday’s luncheon meeting of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. The nine are the latest in a line of candidates appearing before members of the non-partisan, political club in the run-up to the Aug. 30 election. That election is known more like a primary election, but non-partisan races for school board and judgeships are also on the ballot as is one…

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St. Pete Chamber urges members to vote ‘yes’ on solar Amendment 4

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce endorsed Amendment 4, a grass-roots effort to encourage the use of solar power by providing tax breaks to those who install solar equipment. The latest edition of the chamber’s newsletter says, “Chamber members are encouraged to vote for YES on Amendment 4 on the Aug. 30th ballot. Amendment 4 would remove personal property tax and real estate taxes on solar energy systems. The Chamber voted to support YES on 4 and yard signs are…

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Tampa Bay Realtors endorse Sean Shaw

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Sean Shaw has earned the backing of the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors in his run for state House District 61. “I’m so honored for the support of the nearly 9,000 members in the Greater Tampa Bay Association of Realtors,” Shaw said in a statement. “They and their members share my vision for a stronger economy for everyone. I’m excited to join their efforts in Tallahassee to help more Floridians realize the dream of homeownership and protect their rights…

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Sean Shaw gets endorsement from Florida Sentinel Bulletin

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The Florida Sentinel Bulletin, the bi-weekly paper serving the Tampa Bay area African-American community, has endorsed Sean Shaw’s state House bid. “The Florida Sentinel has diligently informed our community about politics, local events, and policies impacting the African American community,” Shaw said. “I’m proud that they’ve informed their readers about my dedication to our community and my commitment to positive change in Tampa Bay.” The Sentinel endorsement follows a number of high profile endorsements for Shaw, including local and county firefighters,…

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