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In Tampa, Rick Baker refuses to talk about partisanship in mayoral contest

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Before it’s all said and done, Rick Baker may open up about being a Republican. But, at this stage of the campaign for St. Petersburg mayor, Baker continues to avoid partisan politics. 

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Kathy Castor: Kriseman camp’s linking of Rick Baker to Donald Trump is ‘fair game’

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Kathy Castor no longer represents a part of St. Petersburg in Congress, but she is following the mayoral race there. She says she doesn’t have a problem with the Florida Democratic Party attempting to tie former Mayor Rick Baker to Donald Trump. The Florida Democratic Party is running a 30-second ad on behalf of incumbent Rick Kriseman that attempts to connect Baker not only with Trump, but other Republicans like Mitt Romney and Rick Scott. Although the mayoral race is technically…

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Rick Kriseman campaign blasts Rick Baker for being ‘silent’ on Trump administration

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From the day he entered the race, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker said that he expected to be attacked by the Rick Kriseman campaign for his conservative political philosophy.

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The two Ricks battle it out over sewage, the Pier, and ideology

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In their first televised debate, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker put incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman on the defensive over his handling of the city’s sewage crisis and construction of a new Pier. Kriseman returned fire, attacking Baker’s conservative ideology and previous interactions with the LGBTQ community.

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‘You’re more partisan than me,’ says Rick Baker about Rick Kriseman — and vice versa

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Rick Baker knew for months that Rick Kriseman was going to attack him as an out-of-step Republican in a Democratically friendly city, even before entering the mayoral campaign last month. During his campaign kickoff announcement, the former St. Petersburg Mayor warned supporters  they’d be getting a dose of such rhetoric from the Kriseman camp: “Because that’s the only thing they have.” But last week, while filing papers for his official re-election run, Kriseman said that a review of who contributed to Seamless…

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Joe Henderson: Unity? It’s hard to find in aftermath of Washington shootings

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I woke this morning to a strange and troubling email. It was unsigned, and from an address I don’t recognize, but the message came through clearly. Under the heading of “James T. Hodgkinson” — the shooter Wednesday in Washington — it read, in all caps: “I THINK JAMES IS A HERO. THE REPUBLICANS HATE POOR PEOPLE.” Yikes. Despite an eloquent speech by House Speaker Paul Ryan and calls for calm and unity, there is a lot of blame going around…

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Announcing another bid for St. Pete mayor, Rick Baker savages Rick Kriseman

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Speaking in impassioned tones Tuesday, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is ready to tangle head on against incumbent Rick Kriseman. “You’re going to hear a lot about Republicans and Democrats over the next few months,” Baker said as he formally announced his bid for mayor on the steps of St. Pete City Hall. “Because that’s that’s the only thing they have.” Baker was referring to earlier statements from Kriseman’s campaign manager about Baker’s support for Republicans like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin…

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