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Rick Baker: Run, Charlie Crist, run!

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The last two months have been rather gloomy times for term-limited St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker. First, it was the news that Alex Sink would not run for the U.S Senate, thereby keeping her CFO position to herself. Then it was Bill McCollum passing on a Senate bid to stay on as Attorney General. All the while, every city council member since Connie Kone served stopped by City Hall to measure the drapes in your office. For Hizzoner, it’s like…

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Monday’s Mayoral Wrap-Up

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Today is the six-months-and-counting point before the September primary and to mark the occasion, Bill Foster will unveil his “Foster Formula,” although I have a few ideas about what that really means. Even though I think Foster is getting into the race a month later than he should, he is a formidable candidate. He represents a point-of-view, i.e., the religious right, that has no one else to support. Strange then that Foster decided to skip the Pinellas County REC’s Lincoln…

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Jamie Bennett: Mayor needs to speak up on BayWalk

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City Council member Jamie Bennett said today much of the uncertainty surrounding BayWalk can be chalked up to Mayor Rick Baker’s low-key approach to discussing the faltering downtown attraction.In his last year he needs to be out there communicating, just like the police chief,” said Bennett, referring to the council’s recent demand that Police Chief Chuck Harmon show his face in public more. “He’s the mayor.” Bennett, who is running for mayor, said he told Baker recently that he needs…

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Rip Van Williams considers mayoral run

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“Having nothing to do at home, and being arrived at that happy age when a man can do nothing with impunity, he took his place once more on the bench at the inn door and was reverenced as one of the patriarchs of the village and a chronicle of the old times…” — Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving. With every passing week, another politician ponders his chances of becoming St. Petersburg’s next Mayor. Ken Welch considered, then passed. Rick…

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The junior Senator from Florida: Rick Baker?

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ST. PETERSBURG–Mayor Rick Baker said he hasn’t ruled out a potential Senate run. “I’m not taking anything off the table,” he said when asked whether he would go after the seat being vacated by Republican Mel Martinez. Wouldn’t it be great to see Pam Iorio face off against Rick Baker?

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With Bill McCollum’s announcement, has Rick Baker’s political career come to an end?

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He is the popular mayor of the fourth largest city in the fourth largest state with a proven record of achievement and yet Rick Baker may have hit the ceiling as far as his political career is concerned. With Bill McCollum announcing that he will not run for the U.S. Senate — thereby guaranteeing a bid for re-election as Florida’s attorney general — and Alex Sink’s decision to remain as CFO, Baker now founds himself without an open office for…

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Monday’s mayoral wrap-up

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This past week saw an increased level of activity from almost every candidate running for Mayor. Here’s a recap with analysis. – Jamie Bennett took a hit for my volunteering on his campaign, but his campaign showed off its early organizational strength, launching a campaign website and hosting a campaign kick-off attended by just under 100 people. – Kathleen Ford is circling the race like a hungry shark in shallow waters, having resigned her membership in the organization opposed to…

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