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10 things I think I think about the latest poll of the St. Petersburg Mayor’s Race

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St. Petersburg voters still have no clue about who the next mayor should be, a new St. Petersburg Times poll shows. 61% undecided. Kathleen Ford, um, leads with 10%. After Ford, Bill Foster and Deveron Gibbons each received 8 percent, followed by Larry Williams and Scott Wagman with 4 percent each. City Council member Jamie Bennett received 3 percent of the vote. Newcomer Richard Eldridge received 1 percent. Here are ten things I think I think about this poll. 1.…

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The Worst Election Ever

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Who would believe the fate of St. Petersburg could be changed by a car accident that occurred well beyond its city limits? On a brisk October evening, the Lord decided to call home Patrick Brett, the 20-year-old son of Terry and Kim. The high school student body president, homecoming king, and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, died well before his time in a car accident on his way home from a college football game. Because it was near…

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Charlie Crist wants to beeeee

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It isn’t Charlie Crist’s fault that the voters of Florida were stoooopid enough to choose Mel Martinez over Betty Castor. That election took place in the same era that saw decorated war hero Max Cleland accused of being unpatriotic. If the voters of Georgia were stoooopid enough to fall for that, then the voters of Florida can be excused for somehow thinking Mel Martinez, a failure at Housing and Urban Development, than Betty Castor. So it wasn’t Charlie Crist’s fault…

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Luis Perez’s lousy piece on the arts

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It’s refreshing to see so much attention paid to the public arts debate, but Luis Perez’s article yesterday, in which he features Kathleen Ford, should not have made it past his editor’s desk. To give Ford that kind of coverage, on an issue she has no involvement with, is unfair to the rest of the field of candidates for mayor. The argument from the Times is that Kathleen’s charge that Rick Baker acted illegally set her apart from the rest…

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Where are the candidates for City Council?

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Around St. Petersburg’s City Hall, you can’t step over a homeless person without bumping into someone running for Mayor. With Larry Williams throwing his hat in the ring last week, there are currently nine people hoping to replace Rick Baker. Being a candidate for mayor is the only job sector in town that’s a growth industry. Where then are all the candidates for St. Petersburg City Council? There are five seats up for grabs this year, and currently there are…

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Larry Williams files his paperwork to run

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Rip Van Williams has awoken from his eight-year slumber and just filed his paperwork to run for mayor of St. Petersburg. That makes six legitimate candidates, and a handful of ne’er do wells, hoping to replace Rick Baker.

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Rick Baker meets with former Jeb Bush CoS

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If Rick Baker is playing coy about his political future, he wasn’t too shy today when he met with Kathleen Shanahan, an uber-connected former chief of staff to Jeb Bush and Dick Cheney. Unsure of what the meeting was about, but Baker met with Shanahan at Atwater’s, the popular restaurant in the heart of St. Pete’s Midtown. Is this the first sign that Baker is at least exploring the idea of running for Florida governor in the event that Charlie…

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