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St. Petersburg Times’ Sandra Gadsden doesn’t care for Foster personnel decisions

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The St. Petersburg Times’ Sandra Gadsden echoes much of the criticism I have leveled about Bill Fotser’s awkward personnel decisions the Mayor has made during his first months on the job, especially Foster’s appointment of Todd Yost as the city’s lobbyist: Yost’s appointment was announced in a rather curious way. “He didn’t contribute money, he didn’t raise money, he didn’t knock on doors for me,” Mayor Bill Foster said. “His involvement in my campaign was zero, zilch, none.” No offense…

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St. Petersburg Times’ Sandra Gadsden doesn’t care for Foster personnel decisions

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The St. Petersburg Times Sandra Gadsden echoes much of the criticism I have leveled about Bill Foser’s awkward personnel decisions the Mayor has made during his first months on the job, especiallyFoster’s appointment of Todd Yost as the city’s lobbyist: Yost’s appointment was announced in a rather curious way. “He didn’t contribute money, he didn’t raise money, he didn’t knock on doors for me,” Mayor Bill Foster said. “His involvement in my campaign was zero, zilch, none.” No offense to…

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Shocker: Bill Foster to appoint Todd Yost as city lobbyist

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In a stunning turn of events within St. Petersburg’s City Hall, Mayor Bill Foster is expected to announce Todd Yost as the next city lobbyist, a move that is already raising questions about Foster’s ability to manage a cacophony of divergent voices troubled by the omnipresence of Deputy Mayor Goliath Davis. Going into the final stages of the interview process, Yost was not said to be a finalist for the position.  But Yost emerged as the final choice for several…

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Has John McBride emerged as favorite for St. Petersburg’s city lobbying position?

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John McBride, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist with stints at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Office of Insurance Regulation, has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations position, according to sources  familiar with the interviewing and selection process. McBride’s is relatively unknown inside City Hall, nevertheless, he may very well win the position because many of the other leading candidates have too many factors working against them. Former City Councilmember Rene Flowers…

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Has John McBride emerged as favorite for St. Petersburg’s city lobbying position?

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John McBride, a Tallahassee-based lobbyist with stints at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Office of Insurance regulation, has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations position, according to sources  familiar with the interviewing and selection process. McBride’s is relatively unknown inside City Hall, nevertheless, he may very well win the position because many of the other leading candidates have too many factors working against them. Former City Councilmember Rene Flowers…

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Young turks lining up for plum City of St. Petersburg lobbying job

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At least 95 individuals have applied for the City of St. Petersburg’s governmental relations manager position, according to application documents obtained from a public information request made last week. Many of the applicants are the ‘young turks’ who have staffed local campaigns and elected officials, such as Nick Hansen, who helped organize Mayor Bill Foster’s election effort, Brian Shuford, Rebekah Torres, an aide to former state House Rep. Mike Scionti. Also, see that the talented Steve Cline is on the…

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So who exactly is the HNIC of St. Petersburg? A white guy’s analysis

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At a recent press conference, Seville Brown, Deveron Gibbons and other prominent members of the African American community expressed their outrage at Kathleen Ford’s reference to Dr. Goliath Davis as the HNIC — an acronym which stands for Head Negro in Charge (as first explained to white folks in the movie “Lean On Me”): At certain points in the press conference, Mr. Brown sounded upset, not at Kathleen Ford’s use of the term HNIC, but at her assumption that Go…

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