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Charlie Crist is needed in the U.S. House, congresswomen say

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman gave two members of the U.S. Congress an up close look at some of the challenges the city is facing with its outdated sewer system. In turn, they urged support for Charlie Crist in the upcoming election. Crist is running for the Congressional District 13 seat held by Republican David Jolly. Crist said he asked U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee and Lois Frankel to tour the Southwest Water Treatment Plant, 3800…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.29.16 – Trib frowns on Go Hillsborough vote

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Good morning, y’all. Regular readers of this column may note that it’s being posted a little later this morning. Not to get into Too Much Information, but let’s just say I think when I read Arianna Huffington write that you must have 7/8 hours a sleep every night, well, one can certainly aspire to that. Rumor has it that Tampa attorney Bob Buesing will declare his candidacy as a Democrat for the newly created Senate District 18 seat in Hillsborough County on Monday. Local Dems…

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Ken Welch to launch fourth re-election campaign

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Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is officially launching his re-election campaign next week. Welch will be meeting with supporters at the Hangar Restaurant located at 540 First Street SE Wednesday, February 10. Congresswoman Kathy Castor will be on hand as a special guest, though an invitation sent to prospective donors makes clear she “is not asking for funds or donations” as per campaign finance rules. Welch has already built an impressive host committee consisting of several current and former mayors.…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown topples Will Newton in contentious St. Pete City Council race

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown is heading to St. Petersburg City Council to represent residents in District 7. In what was expected to be a close race, Wheeler-Brown walked away with a whopping 58 percent of the vote compared with Will Newton’s 42 percent. That’s 5 points higher than the final poll before the election predicted. “It feels great that the voters chose me,” Wheeler-Brown said with an ear-to-ear grin. Prior to speaking with reporters, Wheeler-Brown thanked all of her supporters and endorsers…

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Rene Flowers endorses Steve Kornell for St. Pete City Council

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Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers has endorsed Steve Kornell for re-election to City Council, District 5. “Steve understands the community and understands the sacrifices that so many have made to bring our city back to the vibrant, economic, thriving machine that it once was,” Flowers said. “I ask that you join me in returning one of the most dedicated public servants back to his place of service.” In addition to serving as a current school board member, Flowers…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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