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Hot on the trail: Fundraising notes from the St. Pete municipal races

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Candidates for St. Petersburg City Council faced a Friday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through June 23. Inside these finance reports are some interesting tidbits of information. Here are a few data points which stood out.

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St. Pete mayoral, council hopefuls to hold forums in July

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In St. Petersburg, election season is well underway. Over the next week or so, St. Pete voters will get a chance to hear directly from candidates running for mayor and city council.

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Rick Baker airing TV ad touting environmental credentials

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Although the Sierra Club endorsed Rick Kriseman in the race for St. Petersburg mayor, Rick Baker isn’t ready to concede any ground on which candidate has the best environmental credentials. Baker’s campaign released a television ad Wednesday touting the gains the city made on the environmental front during the former mayor’s two terms in office (2001-2010). The ad begins with a reference to St. Pete’s designation in 2005 as Florida’s first “Green City” and includes references to how Baker expanded city parks, cleaned…

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Rick Kriseman hosting Independence Day Weekend cookout, canvassing event

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Rick Kriseman kicks off the four-day July Fourth holiday weekend with a round of canvassing Saturday morning, followed by a cookout in downtown St. Petersburg. The first-term incumbent St. Pete Mayor is running for re-election, facing his main opponent – former two-term Mayor Rick Baker – as well as Anthony Cates III, Jesse Nevel, Paul Congemi, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter and Ernisa Barnwell. Volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods earlier Saturday morning, after which they will meet up for a cookout…

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Rick Kriseman bashes Donald Trump (once again) over Mika Brzezinski tweet

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Rick Kriseman is taking to social media once again to express displeasure with Donald Trump. The St. Petersburg Mayor wrote a short statement on his Facebook page Friday morning, blasting the President for his egregious tweet from Thursday where he took a shot at MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. “As a husband & as a father to a wonderful daughter & as a mayor to a diverse community & a City Hall filled with talented woman & also as…

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5 things I think I think about the St. Pete mayoral race

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Today is the first day of the rest of the St. Petersburg mayoral campaign. There’s been a first debate. There’s now a baseline poll. The Supervisor of Elections will mail ballots to early voters in four weeks. So, after Tuesday’s debate and the latest polling, what do we really know? Here are five things I think I think about the St. Petersburg mayoral race: 1. On the surface, the survey from St. Pete Polls — showing the former mayor leading the…

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New poll: Rick Baker’s lead over Rick Kriseman slims to 5 points

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Former two-term St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker holds a five-point lead over incumbent first-term Mayor Rick Kriseman according to the first survey of St. Petersburg’s mayoral race since candidate qualifying. And as much as the race is defined as a showdown of the two Ricks, it appears the race could be headed to a run-off in November. Baker is at 44 percent, while Kriseman is at 39 percent. That’s a tighter margin than the May 17 St. Pete Polls survey which gave Baker a double-digit…

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