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Darden Rice on St. Pete’s campaign finance ordinance — it’s ‘by no means over’

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Two days after the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance limiting campaign contributions, which is expected to be legally challenged, Council Chair Darden Rice was still exulting. A former president of the League of Women Voters in St. Pete, Rice was an early champion of the just passed measure that will set up limits on contributions to political action committees, essentially abolishing super PACs in local elections. It takes effect in January.

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Callaloo Group talks Manhattan Casino plans with St. Pete City Council

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The decision by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s administration to award the Callaloo Group to take over the historic Manhattan Casino last month was not exactly met with universal praise in the community – even amongst the mayor’s most fervent supporters in South St. Pete.

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St. Pete City Councilmembers have suggestions on lessons learned from Irma

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the City Council had plenty of laudatory praise Thursday for their staff in handling Hurricane Irma’s impact on the city. The mayor even showed some love to Rick Scott.

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Steve Kornell hopes the tone changes in St. Pete mayor race, but isn’t optimistic

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Unlike the rest of the St. Petersburg City Council, Steve Kornell remained neutral in the mayoral “battle of the Ricks,” which is why he felt free to blast the tone of the campaign on social media over the weekend. And while he’d like to see it change now that it will continue for an additional 10 weeks, Kornell’s not betting on it.

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Rick Kriseman has no regrets on Manhattan Casino decision

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Rick Kriseman believes he’s run a substantive re-election campaign, contrary to comments made by a St. Petersburg City Council member who believes the race hasn’t focused enough on issues directly impacting city residents.

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‘Policy wonk’ John Johnson plans listening tour for St. Pete City Council bid

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John Johnson, a research administrator at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, is the latest candidate to file in the crowded St. Petersburg City Council District 6 contest. The 46-year-old native Ohio resident calls himself a policy wonk, not a politician.  “My background is education, so I’m a strong believer in education, and what it can do at all levels,” he said in an interview on Monday. “If we can improve primary education, if we can partner with some of the colleges and…

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St. Pete City Council considers resolution on St. Pete being a welcoming city to all

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A day after a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, the St. Petersburg City Council made its own expression about the divisiveness in the country. Council members Thursday unanimously approving a resolution to bring to committee a declaration that the City of St. Petersburg is inclusive and welcoming for all its residents. The full language of resolution, proposed by Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, reads: A resolution declaring the City of…

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