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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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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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St. Pete Council moves to keep big money out of city campaigns

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St. Petersburg’s City Council took a step toward enacting far-reaching campaign finance reform, which could go well beyond what any other U.S. city has done before. On a 4-3 vote, council members supported a proposal that would require corporations that spend more than $5,000 in city elections to certify they are not entirely or partly owned by foreign interests above certain thresholds. The measure also would put a $5,000 limit on individual contributions to Super PACs that spend money on city…

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Rick Kriseman’s financial disclosure shows legal work still paying off

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Rick Kriseman‘s financial disclosure is a straightforward affair that reflects a career dedicated to lawsuits and public service. Last week, the St. Petersburg mayor made his bid for a second term official, a process that includes a disclosure of his net worth, assets, and liabilities. According to his Form 6 declaration, the first-term incumbent is worth $360,505. As St. Pete mayor, Kriseman earned $170,906 in 2016; as a personal injury attorney, he earned another $133,171 last year. Kriseman’s campaign said that…

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Bob Buckhorn says Tampa is doing plenty to combat climate change

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Although Bob Buckhorn isn’t likely to sign onto a Sierra Club pledge putting Tampa on record as attempting a 100 clean energy portfolio by a certain year, his administration says he’s doing plenty to combat the negative implications of climate change on the city. Buckhorn did join St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman in signing on to a group of over 300 mayors earlier this month who say they intend to fully the intended mission of the Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump…

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Rick Kriseman: As a father, an obligation to support climate action

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Like Dads across the country, this Father’s Day I’m looking forward to receiving some special attention from my two kids. But I’ll also be reflecting on my obligation as a father to protect my children from growing threats like climate change. We don’t have the luxury of being in denial here in Florida, where rising sea levels are already imperiling coastal property and infrastructure. To turn a blind eye to escalating climate impacts is to say to our kids and…

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Rick Baker’s June 28 fundraiser much closer to home, St. Pete Yacht Club

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After hosting a recent high-profile Republican reception in Clearwater Beach, Rick Baker’s next event in his bid to return to City Hall will be much closer to home. The former two-term St. Petersburg Mayor will be holding a fundraiser Wednesday, June 28, at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in the city’s downtown waterfront. The event, with a suggested contribution of $250, begins at 6 p.m. Baker, a Republican who served from 2001-2010, is seeking a third term. He faces incumbent…

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