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Months without Tampa office, Marco Rubio struggles with constituent services, privacy

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Four months after his staff packed up and left its Tampa office, at the direction of a landlord frustrated by weekly demonstrations, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio still is looking for a home base in one of his state’s largest metropolitan areas. The Tampa Bay Times reports the Miami Republican’s staff said it’s working on finding an office. Rubio’s two-person staff has improvised, meeting constituents in coffee shops, libraries and other public spaces. “We are committed to serving constituents, and staff continues…

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Nicole Carr seeks to parlay education background into Pinellas School board seat

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It’s essentially de rigueur for any school board candidate to say they “truly love education.” In Nicole Carr‘s case, the proof is in her CV, which shows her background as a teacher, school counselor, assistant principal and district administrator over the past 24 years, the last 18 spent in Florida. Now she’s trying to parlay that experience into a seat on the Pinellas County School Board in 2018. “I think there are definitely a lot of very difficult decisions that need…

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Rick Kriseman, Rick Baker and five longshots qualify for ballot in St. Pete’s mayoral contest

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The deadline to qualifying to run in this year’s election for mayor of St. Petersburg ended at 5 p.m. on Friday, and the field of candidates is now set at seven. The primary election is August 29. Leading the field are the two Rick’s – incumbent Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker. Also making it on the ballot are Ernisa Barnwell, Anthony Cates III, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, Jesse Nevel, the national chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, and perennial candidate…

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In Tampa, Richard Corcoran faces hostile crowd angry about school bill

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It was a tough room for House Speaker Richard Corcoran.   Speaking before an unfriendly crowd of public school supporters in Tampa, Corcoran doubled down on his support of an education bill that creates a new system of charter schools to replace underperforming public schools. On Thursday, Corcoran stood beside Rick Scott in Orlando as the Governor signed the controversial HB 7069. To its critics, the most provocative part of the omnibus education bill was Corcoran’s ‘schools of hope’ plan, which includes a $140 million incentive…

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Robocalls target Hillsborough School Board’s April Griffin — more than a year before elections

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On Memorial Day, April Griffin awoke to a barrage of calls and texts from friends. The Hillsborough County School Board member learned she was the subject of a negative robocall from a group calling itself “Citizens for Fairness and Equity.” Griffin initially described the call on her Facebook page as comparing her to “being like President Trump, supporting charter schools, and had racial undertones because it talked about me winning (taking away) an election for the chairmanship over the only black board member.”…

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Rick Baker emphasizes education issues during fundraiser in south St Pete

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Upon taking the stage Tuesday night, Rick Baker made a promise to the hundreds of supporters in attendance at the Morean Arts Center for Clay. Baker vowed he wouldn’t speak as long as he did on the steps of City Hall two weeks earlier when he officially announced a bid for Mayor of St. Petersburg. He kept to that promise, clocking in with an address that lasted a little more than 22 minutes. While some of it was a rehash of the themes…

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Bob Buckhorn apologies for military conference joke

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Over the course of six years as mayor, Bob Buckhorn has said things that have offended some people, but he has rarely (if ever) been forced to apologize. Until now. Unless you’ve been avoiding local (now national) press over the past couple of days, you know the mayor has been (metaphorically) under fire since the Tampa Bay Times’ Howard Altman reported Friday afternoon on a number of reporters who took offense with a crack Buckhorn made at a military conference last week at the Tampa Convention Center.…

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