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Voting-by-mail becoming the clear choice of Pinellas voters in municipal elections

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is right. Opponents of early voting, such as the St. Petersburg Times, are wrong. When it comes to voting-by-mail, the issue is as simple as that. Two years worth of elections clearly show that voters prefer early voting and voting-by-mail, at least as voter turnout is concerned. I’ve taken a look at the 2009 and 2010 municipal elections and the data clearly indicates that Pinellas voters have not only accepted the concept of…

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Amazing aerial videos from Hands Across the Sand at Fort DeSoto and St. Pete Beach

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These are awe-inspiring aerial videos taken by Dorian Photography. Some great on-the-ground video: Here is video from Commissioner of Agriculture candidate Scott Maddox:

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Ticketgate: the political strategy behind the distribution of tickets

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The first time I saw the tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field was on or about April 16, immediately after Jamie Bennett called St. Pete Beach Mayor Mike Finnerty to confirm a) that Finnerty was still endorsing Bennett and b) if Finnerty wanted four tickets to the city’s suite at a Rays game. That was the precedent set by Jamie Bennett in my presence. Tickets equals politics. And from those actions I took my direction on how and…

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Charlie Justice’s bold move

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Well, Charlie Justice set off quite a roogoodoo yesterday when he announced he is running against Bill Young in 2010. I give Charlie all the credit in the world for stepping up to challenge Young. I was just so sick and tired of the annual Will-Bill-Young-retire parlor game. Charlie’s announcement doesn’t end that, but the writing is on the wall for Young, who, despite being chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee, is still a Republican vote in the House. Can…

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St. Pete Beach hands over City Commission to hotel interests without a single vote cast

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From Sheila Mullane Estrada: ST. PETE BEACH — The city’s political wars over development ended Wednesday without a single vote cast. The apparent winner is the political action group, Save Our Little Village (SOLV), which supports tourist-oriented development of hotels and related businesses on the beach. All five members of the new City Commission that will assume or continue in office in March are either ardent or tacit supporters of SOLV’s goals. Two commission seats, currently held by supporters of…

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